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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
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
The Alexanders also donated $800,000 to the
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.
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