Leadership Gifts

Leadership Gifts are gifts over $500,000 that are typically designated for a specific purpose. If you are interested in learning about making a gift of any size, please contact Emily Mullin at 312.503.1558 or emily.mullin@law.northwestern.edu.

Carolyn and Alex Paul

Carolyn and Alex Paul Donate $1.2 Million to Northwestern Law

September, 2018

Carolyn and Alex Paul (JD ’00), together with Judi Paul (’92 P, ’00 P) have made a generous $1.2 million gift which provides unrestricted support to the Law School Annual Fund and also builds upon the Alexander Frederick Paul Law Scholarship which provides need-based support to law students. More...

Law Professor Jon Waltz

Law School Receives Bequest from Former Professor

February, 2018

Northwestern Law has received a bequest of nearly $1 million from the Estate of Jon Waltz and Ross Edman to establish the Waltz-Edman Scholarship, which will provide merit-based awards to law students. More...

Kruse family

Father and Son, Alvin and Jordon Kruse, Establish Kruse Family Scholarship Fund

September, 2017

Alvin (BA ’65, JD ’68) and Jordon (JD ’97) Kruse have pledged $1,000,000 to the Law School to establish the Kruse Family Scholarship Fund. This generous gift further advances the Law School's mission of educating the brightest and most qualified students regardless of ability to pay. More...


Savners Generously Increase Commitment to Fundraising Campaign

August, 2017

David A. Savner (BA '65, JD '68) and his wife, Libby, have made a generous donation to the Law School in the amount of $1.5 million. This follows a $1 million gift in 2014, and, with other support, brings the Savners’ impressive philanthropy in the Motion to Lead Campaign to over $2.6 million. More...

Grosvenor Leadership Donate a Combined $1 Million to the Law School

June, 2017

In recognition of this generous support, the Law School will name the new Information Commons, a remarkable student space currently under construction within the Law School Library, after GCM Grosvenor. More...

Jill and Paul Meister

Jill and Paul Meister donate $500,000 to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

April, 2016

Part of the gift to the Law School will be used to fund a Jay A. Pritzker Public Interest Fellow, but the majority of it is unrestricted. More...

M.K. and J.B. Pritzker

Pritzker Family Makes Unprecedented Gift to Northwestern Law

October, 2015

Largest law school gift ever will support scholarships, public interest initiatives, entrepreneurship, and multidisciplinary education. More...

Dawn Clark Netsch

Dawn Clark Netsch Estate Trust Bequests $5 Million for Public Interest Scholarships, Loan Repayment

August, 2015

Northwestern University received a $5 million bequest to endow the Walter and Dawn Clark Netsch Scholarship Fund, which will be used to provide financial aid for students who have shown a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in public interest law. The gift will also support loan repayment assistance for Northwestern Law graduates who choose public interest jobs. More...

Kimbra and Mark Walter

Mark and Kimbra Walter Establish Scholarship Fund at Northwestern Law

August, 2015

Mark and Kimbra Walter, through their family foundation, have established the Walter Family Foundation Scholarship Fund at Northwestern University School of Law, which will fully fund an entering student with demonstrated financial need for up to three years. More...

Chris Combe, Courtney Combe, and Juliet Sorensen

Courtney and Chris Combe Give $1 Million to Expand International Public Service Initiatives

May, 2015

A gift of $1 million from Courtney and Chris Combe provides programmatic support for the Access to Health Project and establishes two new fellowships, the Michael and Mary Schuette Global Fellowship in Health and Human Rights, and the Michael and Mary Schuette Clinical Fellow in Health and Human Rights. More...

Harry J. Seigle

The Seigle Family Chair of Law

May, 2015

$3 million in gifts to Northwestern University from Harry J. Seigle (JD '71) will establish an endowed fund to support faculty excellence and create a new named professorship, the Seigle Family Chair of Law. More...

Andrew Z. Soshnick

The Soshnick Colloquium on Law and Economics

April, 2015

Andrew Z. and Brenda K. Soshnick made a gift of $500,000 to Northwestern University School of Law in support of the advanced study of law and economics and the interrelationships between those disciplines. More...

Kent Lawrence

Kent Lawrence and the M.R. Bauer Foundation Invest in the Center on Negotiation and Mediation

March, 2015

A gift of $865,000 from the M.R. Bauer Foundation to the Bluhm Legal Clinic's Center on Negotiation and Mediation will expand teaching and research capacity by establishing the Harris H. Agnew Visiting Professor of Dispute Resolution and the M. R. Bauer Foundation Clinical Fellow in Dispute Resolution, and by providing continuing support for the Mediation Process and Advocacy Workshop. More...


$4 Million in Gifts Establish the Newton N. Minow Professorship

April, 2014

Friends, colleagues, and fellow Northwestern alumni made gifts totaling $4 million to establish an endowment for a new named professorship at Northwestern University School of Law in honor of Newton N. Minow (BS '49, JD '50), Life Trustee and Walter Annenberg Professor Emeritus at the University. More...


Savners Give to Support Innovative Instructional Technology

February, 2014

David A. Savner (JD ’68) and his wife, Libby, have given $1 million to the School of Law to outfit a new state-of-the-art classroom dedicated to technology-based teaching solutions and to create an endowed fund to keep the classroom technologically up-to-date. The classroom will be named the David and Libby Savner Hall. More...


Neil Bluhm Gives $15 Million

December, 2013

"When I was in my early teens, a friend of the family—an African-American man—was wrongfully accused of a crime because of his race," Neil Bluhm said. "He was framed by Chicago Police officers for a robbery they knew he didn’t commit. I went to court with my mother every day of that trial and watched as a lawyer proved that our friend was innocent." More...


Qualcomm Gives $2 Million for Patent Research

August, 2013

Wireless technologies company Qualcomm Incorporated gave the Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth $2 million to establish the Project on Innovation Economics, research that will investigate the role of patents in incentivizing technological innovation. More...


Lanny and Sharon Martin Give $10 Million Unrestricted Gift

July, 2013

A commitment to Northwestern Law's innovative strategies prompted J. Landis "Lanny" Martin (JD '73) and his wife, Sharon, to make a $10 million unrestricted gift to the school. More...


Howard and Betsy Chapman: Paying It Forward

April, 2013

For Howard Chapman (JD '58), giving back is as much a privilege and an honor as it is an obligation. Chapman, who attended Northwestern on an academic scholarship, will always be grateful for the opportunity to study law without worrying about finances. More...

Kirkland and Ellis

Kirkland's Alumni Partners Pledge $5 Million

October, 2012

Kirkland & Ellis partners Jeffrey Hammes (JD '85), Vicki Hood (JD-MBA '77), and Robert Hayward (JD '97) demonstrated their commitment to Northwestern Law and to legal education by spearheading a pledge from Kirkland's senior alumni partners of million, one of the largest single gifts in the school's history. More...