Spring is in the air and some law school alumni are apparently feeling generous. In recent weeks:
• Northwestern University School of Law received a $3 million donation from attorney and alumnus Howard Chapman and his wife, Betsy.
• Wake Forest University School of Law alum and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Brad Wilson and his wife, Carole, have donated $1 million to his alma mater.
• The University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law announced a $4.5 million donation from the Alternative Visions Fund of the Chicago Community Trust to help pay for its new building.
Utah plans to break ground on the $60.5 million, 155,000-square-foot building on June 4. It is being financed entirely through donations. The school has already received an $18 million pledge from an anonymous individual donor and $4 million from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The new building will add approximately 60,000 square feet. The plans call for a storm water retention system, solar power, LED lighting and enhanced exterior insulation. It is expected to open in 2015.
"By reducing energy use and water consumption in a cost-effective way, as well as meeting the university’s energy reduction target, this building should be eligible for LEED Platinum status, a rating that no existing law school in the world has yet attained," interim law dean Bob Adler said.
The Chapmans’ million gift to Northwestern will establish a chaired professorship in business law, trial advocacy or estate law.
"This is an important gift," dean Daniel Rodriguez said. "The Chapmans’ generosity helps further our goal of recruiting and retaining an exemplary group of scholars and teachers. We are extremely grateful for this vote of confidence in our bold ambitions, especially in the business law area."
Howard Chapman graduated from Northwestern Law in 1958 and went on to establish what would become Barrett & McNagny, one of the largest law firms in Indiana. An earlier gift from the couple established the Howard and Betsy Chapman Law Scholarship Fund.
The Wilson donation will create the Brad and Carole Wilson Career and Development Center, which will focus on mentoring students and coordinating employer recruitment.
"We support Wake Forest University and the School of Law because of our strong belief in their approach to educating the whole person and preparing students to give back to the world," said Brad Wilson, who graduated from the law school in 1978.
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