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Berkshire Hathaway Vice-Chairman Charlie Munger didn’t go to the University of Michigan Law School, but that hasn’t stopped him from making a significant donation to the school. Munger — who attended the university as an undergraduate before graduating from Harvard Law School and founding the Los Angeles law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson — is giving Michigan law $20 million, the school announced this week. That money will be used to help finance a $39 million renovation of the law student housing complex in the university’s Law Quadrangle called the Lawyers Club. The building will be renamed the Charles T. Munger Residences in the Lawyers Club, pending approval by the Board of Regents later this week. “Charlie Munger has a powerful vision of world-class facilities that will match a world-class law school at the University of Michigan,” said university President Mary Sue Coleman in announcing the gift. “The Law Quad is an icon of U-M’s excellence in legal education, and its prominence is now ensured for future generations because of Charlie’s generosity. I am particularly pleased because this gift directly benefits the living-learning experience for our law students.” The Lawyers Club complex was built during the 1920s, when running water and showers were considered a luxury, the school noted. Renovation plans call for technology upgrades, new roofs, improved fire safety features and extensive interior improvements. Those renovations are scheduled to begin in the summer of 2012 and be complete by the fall of 2013. According to the law school, Munger was taken with the beauty of the Law Quad during his time as an undergraduate studying mathematics in the 1940s. This is not the first time he has donated money to improve the quad: In 2007, he gave $3 million to improve lighting in that area. There are even larger improvements in the works at Michigan’s law school. The school is building a $102 million academic building and commons area, which are slated to open in January 2012. “Taken together, this group of construction projects represents by far the most dramatic improvement in the student environment since the first part of the law quadrangle was dedicated in 1925,” said law Dean Evan Caminker. “Our new academic building and commons area will enable us to provide contemporary educational and community space, while the residence renovations will increase comfort and convenience for law students who wish to live in the Quad.” In 2004, Munger donated Berkshire Hathaway stock worth $43.5 million to Stanford University to build the Munger Graduate Residence, which is home to 600 law students and other graduate students. Contact Karen Sloan at [email protected].

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