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Million dollar gift to law school will endow a prize

Monday, Apr. 9, 2007

Santa Clara University School of Law today announced a gift of $1,000,000 from Katharine and George Alexander, former SCU law school dean and his wife to benefit an endowment at the Santa Clara University School of Law that will award a prize recognizing a person who has used skill, knowledge and abilities in the field of law to correct injustice.

The recipient will receive the “Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize,” by the Santa Clara University School of Law.

“We   hope that the prize will not only give the public a higher regard for the legal profession but also be an inspiration within the legal profession and a recognition of the good work of so many in the field of law,” said the Alexanders in a written statement .

Selection criteria will include factors such as the innovative nature of the programs or other activities undertaken, the courage and self-sacrifice required of the recipient, the sustainability of the programs the individual has implemented, the number of people benefited and any other indications that the recipient is committed in both heart and mind to alleviating injustice and inequity.

The recipient may be invited to participate in lectures and classes and serve as a teacher, mentor and scholar at the School of Law.   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 Santa Clara University School of Law will annually select a  Katharine and George Alexander Law Prize Committee (Selection Committee) including the Dean of the School of Law 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 at SCU School of law and former director of the Katharine & George Alexander 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 life-long 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.

About the SCU School of Law

The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Many of its 974 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law, or public interest law. Law degrees may be combined with MBA or master’s in taxation degrees, and the law school offers lawyers master’s degrees in international law and intellectual property law.

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,377 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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