Multimillion-dollar donations have come rolling into law schools.
Since May 24:
• The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law announced a $4 million donation from the Resnick Family Foundation to launch a program on food law.
• The University of Minnesota Law School unveiled a $9 million donation from the Robina Foundation that will help pay for a new immigration law center.
• Prominent Irell & Manella partner Morgan Chu and his wife donated $5 million to Harvard Law School to established an endowed professorship for the school’s dean.
The donation to UCLA will create the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, which will focus on food safety, access and distribution. The school plans to collaborate with the university’s medical, public policy and public health programs to promote education about food, help improve labeling, ensure food safety and look at the affects production has on natural resources.
"By providing an overarching structure for the study, governance and reform of food law and policy, with an emphasis on the issues that concern consumers most, this gift—and the Resnick Program it creates—will make a tangible difference for consumers across the globe," dean Rachel Moran said.
The Resnick Family Foundation was created by Stewart and Lynda Resnick, whose holding company owns numerous businesses including POM Wonderful LLC, Teleflora LLC and Fiji Water Co. LLc.
The Resnicks are prominent philanthropists who previously created an endowment to support the law school’s public-interest law efforts.
Minnesota will use its $9 million gift from the Robina Foundation in two ways: half to support the existing Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Justice and the rest to establish a Center for New Americans. The center will work with local law firms and non-profit organizations to address the legal and social needs of immigrants. It will house an immigration law clinic and pursue litigation geared toward improving immigration laws.
"This generous gift will help sustain the law school’s reputation as an international leader in legal education and build on our history of public service and outstanding scholarship," dean David Wippman said.
The late Minnesota alumus James Binger, who had been an attorney at Dorsey & Whitney and chairman and chief executive officer of Honeywell International Inc., established the Robina Foundation shortly before his death in 2004.
The $5 million donation to Harvard Law School from high-profile intellectual property attorney Morgan Chu and his wife will establish the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean’s Professorship—an endowed chair to be held by the school’s dean. Chu said the gift would help the law school retain the "quality of leadership it has enjoyed for close to two centuries."
Chu graduated from Harvard Law in 1976 and serves on the board of directors of the country’s largest nonprofit law firm, the Public Council Law Center. He has been an attorney at Irell & Manella since 1977.
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