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The Faculty-Staff Newsletter, e-mail edition
Santa Clara University, April 16, 2007, Vol. 7, No. 13

Million dollar gift to law school will endow a prize

The recipient may be invited to participate in lectures and classes and serve as a teacher, mentor, and scholar at the law school. She or he may elect to mentor a specific Santa Clara University law student who has demonstrated his or her commitment to emulate the activities of the prize recipient.

The dean of the law school will annually select a Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize Committee (selection committee) including the dean of the law school and two faculty members from among the senior tenured faculty of the School of Law. The selection committee shall solicit nominations for the prize recipient on an international basis, take appropriate actions to investigate nominees, and name an appropriate recipient for the prize.

Cynthia Mertens, law professor and former director of the Katharine and George Alexander Community Law Center said, “The Alexanders have supported numerous social justice causes throughout their careers and are dedicated to improving access to legal services and instilling a lifelong commitment to serve the community among law students,” she said.

The Alexanders also donated $800,000 to the Law Center, which provides free civil legal services related to immigration, consumer rights, workers’ rights, and workers’ compensation to low-income individuals residing in Silicon Valley.