Major Gifts

Major Gifts are gifts over $100,000 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

Major Gifts received between April 2016 and November 2018:

Anonymous: An anonymous gift of $150,000 establishes an LLM Tax Scholarship at the Law School. Established in 2002, the Tax Program prepares an average of 40 students per year as experts in the field of tax law. The nine-month program boasts a comprehensive curriculum, outstanding faculty and one of the lowest student to faculty ratios of any graduate tax program in the country. This LLM Tax Scholarship is the first donor-funded scholarship of its designation at the Law School.

Steve Bahls (JD '79) and Jane Bahls: The Bahls’ generous donation of $200,000 establishes the Steve and Jane Bahls Scholarship, which supports students who attended a liberal arts institution for their undergraduate studies. Steve has been the President of Augustana College since 2003, and prior to this, he was dean at Capital University Law School and associate dean and professor at the University of Montana School of Law. Early in his career, he practiced corporate law with the Milwaukee firm of Frisch, Dudek and Slattery. 

Robert W. Bennett: Bob Bennett’s generous bequest gift will augment a scholarship that he established in 1984 at the Law School in honor of his parents, Lewis and Henrietta Bennett. Bob is a longtime member of the Northwestern Law community, joining as a faculty member in 1969 and serving as dean from 1985 to 1995. During his tenure as dean, Bob was instrumental in nearly tripling the number of endowed faculty positions at the Law School. Bob went on to hold one of those newly endowed positions when he was named the Nathaniel L. Nathanson Professor in 2002, a title he held until his retirement in 2016. Additionally, he has for many years taught law abroad in Qatar and South Korea.

Honorable William J. Boyce (JD '88) and Maria Wyckoff Boyce (JD '88): The Boyces’ generous gift of $100,000 benefits the Law School Scholarship Fund. Justice Boyce was appointed to the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in December 2007 after practicing law for 18 years at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP. Ms. Boyce is a partner at Hogan Lovells, where she prosecutes and defends complex commercial and intellectual property cases in the energy and technology industries. 

Richard O. Briggs (WCAS ’69, JD ’77): Dick Briggs' generous commitment of $200,000 establishes the Owen L. Coon Law School Scholarship, in memory of his grandfather, Owen L. Coon (WCAS 1915, JD 1919). Mr. Briggs served as General Counsel for Kubota Tractor Corporation for many years and currently serves as Of Counsel at Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd. in its Los Angeles office. He is a life member of the Law Board and loyal sup­porter of Northwestern University.

Carolyn J. Brown (JD ’68)
Ms. Brown’s generous bequest will support the Law School Fund in honor of her milestone 50th reunion. In addition to her own philanthropy, Ms. Brown helped on the Class of 1968 Reunion Committee’s achievement of a new record by raising nearly $2 million in honor of their reunion. She has her own law practice, where she specializes in general business representation, business and individual tax planning and compliance and estate planning.

Professor Steven Calabresi: Professor Steven Calabresi's generous gift of $100,000 establishes the Abraham Lincoln Lecture on Constitutional Law. Professor Calabresi endowed this lectureship in President Lincoln’s name to honor Lincoln’s extraordinary work as a lawyer and as the leader who ended slavery, and to recognize his personal connection to the Law School. Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s first-born son, attended the predecessor to Northwestern Law during academic year 1865-66. Professor Calabresi serves as the Clayton J. and Henry R. Barber Professor of Law. 

Nicholas D. Chabraja (JD '67) and Eleanor Chabraja: The Chabraja’s generous $400,000 gift to the Law School Annual Fund will support scholarships and grants, student programs and services, clinical programs, and faculty at Northwestern Law. Nick also received his undergraduate degree from the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences and has been a loyal supporter of Northwestern University for many years.

Howard Chapman (JD '58) and Elizabeth Chapman (WCAS '57): Howard and Betsy’s generous gift of $200,000 will leverage the Today and Tomorrow Scholarship Challenge as authorized by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker and be added to the existing Howard and Betsy Law Scholarship Fund. In 2013 Howard and Betsy also made an extraordinary gift of $3,000,000 to establish the Howard and Elizabeth Chapman Professorship. The Chapmans live in Ft. Wayne, IL. 

The Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation: The Foundation’s generous gift of $200,000 adds to the existing Clearing Corporation Charitable Foundation Scholarship Fund for students who are interested in pursuing a legal career in financial services. Alumnus Kevin McClear (JD’ 86), who serves as the Corporate Risk Officer for Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE), is responsible for assisting the Foundation in the establishment of this fund years ago, and for the additional donation in 2017.

Thomas R. Cox, III (JD '90): Tom generously pledged $125,000 through the Arthur and Bonnie Ennis Foundation in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Children and Family Justice Center. The gift will support the Center’s many activities to promote justice for children, including immigration and asylum cases. Tom participated in the Clinic while a student at Northwestern and through those experiences came to appreciate both the power of clinical legal education and the need to increase access to justice for society’s most vulnerable populations. Tom runs his own criminal defense practice and resides in Dallas, TX. 

Carla Drije: Dr. Drije made a generous bequest of $100,000 to support the Center on Wrongful Convictions. This is in addition to Dr. Drije’s pledge of $100,000, made in 2016, to support the CWC and the Jane Raley Memorial Fund. Dr. Drije is a retired educational researcher who has devoted much of her life to the pursuit of social justice. She lives in Chicago.

Bill Ericson (JD ’88) and Carmen Ericson (JD ’89): Bill and Carmen’s generous gift of $125,000 will establish the Ericson Innovation Fund and contribute to Women in the Law Initiatives at Northwestern Law. Through the Ericson Innovation Fund, Bill and Carmen are providing resources for a new Ethics and Regulation of Technology Conference, which will thoughtfully explore methods of regulating the tech space. Carmen and Bill are also inspired by Dean Yuracko’s commitment to helping women excel in the legal profession and are delighted to support her leadership as the Law School designs strategies to help women succeed.

Christine (JD ’03, LLM-IHR ’11) and Mike Evans: Christine and Mike Evans have, through their family foundation, extended their support for the Christine M. Evans LLM-IHR Scholarship Fund. Their gift will support an international student with demonstrated financial need by providing full tuition and a living stipend, allowing the recipient to graduate debt free. A portion of their pledge will also support the Bluhm Legal Clinic Fund. Christine earned her J.D. in 2003 and LLM-IHR degree in 2011 from the Law School. She is the Legal Director of the Chicago Alliance against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), which focuses on prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services related to sexual violence and exploitation.

Thomas G. Fitzgerald (JD '79, MBA '79) and Joyce Mancari Fitzgerald (MM '79): The Fitzgeralds’ generous gift of $250,000 benefits the T. G. & J. M. Fitzgerald Fund, which is used to support the Law School at the discretion of the dean. The Fitzgeralds live in Naples, Florida. 

Jerome Gilson (JD ’58) and Jamie Gilson (’55): The Gilsons’ generous gift of $125,000 will establish a scholarship to support students at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Jerry is a renowned expert in trademark law and the original author of the treatise Gilson on Trademarks. He has counseled clients for more than 50 years at Brinks Gilson & Lione, during which he has received countless awards for his contributions to the field.

Jeffrey A. Golman (JD ’80): Jeff’s generous $125,000 gift is split between the Law School Annual Fund and the Law School Scholarship Fund. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1977 prior to entering Northwestern Law. He is a longtime member of the Law Board. Jeff serves as Vice Chairman at Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc. in Chicago where is responsible for business development for Mesirow Financial’s Investment Banking group.

Honorable Dean Hansell (JD '77): Judge Hansell’s generous gift of $250,000 establishes the Dean Hansell LGBT Advocates Scholarship Fund, which supports students committed to work as LGBTQ advocates. Judge Hansell is a lifelong advocate of civil rights and was appointed to the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in California in June 2016. 

Thomas Hawkins (JD '86): Tom’s generous gift of $200,000 will leverage the Today and Tomorrow Scholarship Challenge as authorized by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker to establish the Thomas W. Hawkins Scholarship Fund.  Tom splits his time between Miami Beach, FL and Chicago, IL. 

Bill Hochkammer (JD '69) and Marcia Hochkammer: The Hochkammers’ generous gift of $150,000 adds to the existing William O. and Marcia A. Hochkammer Scholarship Fund for students with demonstrated financial need. Mr. Hochkammer is a partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP with a focus on health care and alternative risk financing. He is a member of Law Board and the Campaign Cabinet. 

Amy Rabinowitz Kaplan (JD '97) and Martin Kaplan: The Kaplans’ generous gift supports the Bluhm Legal Clinic Fund. Ms. Kaplan is deeply involved with the Clinic as a member of its Advisory Board and was a longtime volunteer with the Center on Wrongful Convictions (CWC). In 2012, she received the CWC’s Jane Beber Abramson award in recognition of her dedication to pursuing justice for the wrongfully convicted. 

Frank S. and Julia M. Ladner Family Foundation: The Ladner Family Foundation pledged $100,000 to support the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth (CWCY). This generous gift will support the Center’s efforts to investigate, and litigate credible innocence claims of wrongfully convicted young people and prevent future wrongful convictions.

Mark R. Lisker (JD '95) and Caroline Lisker: Marc and Caroline’s generous gift of $200,000 will leverage the Today and Tomorrow Scholarship Challenge as authorized by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker to establish the Lisker Family Scholarship Fund. Marc and Caroline are members of the Law Campaign Cabinet.

John P. Lynch (JD '67) and Judy Godvin Lynch: John and Judy’s generous contribution of $200,000 established the John P. and Judy G. Lynch Scholarship Fund. John is a retired senior partner at Latham & Watkins. John has been an active member of the alumni community over the years, serving as co-chair of the Law School’s capital campaign in the 1980s. He received Northwestern’s Service Award in 1983. John is also a member of Marquette University’s Board of Trustees. John and Judy reside in Northbrook, IL and Florida. 

Steven Matteucci (JD '82) and Genevieve Matteucci: The Matteuccis’ generous gift supports both the Law School Fund and admissions recruitment. The newly-established Northwestern Advantage Fund makes it possible for admitted students from distant markets to visit the Law School. Their gift was motivated by the belief that prospective students will be compelled to attend the Law School once they spend time on campus and experience the Northwestern Law Difference first-hand. Mr. Matteucci is the Chairman of CTC| myCFO and is an active member of Law Board and the Campaign Cabinet. 

The Kenneth & Harle Montgomery Foundation: The Kenneth & Harle Montgomery Foundation has deepened their support of the clinical fellowship program they established years ago with another major gift. This program trains aspiring clinical teachers and public interest lawyers. Montgomery Foundation Fellows work in conjunction with the Bluhm Legal Clinic faculty and supervise law students on projects focused on the reduction of jail and prison populations, including client work and policy development.

Michael Osajda (JD '76)Mr. Osajda’s generous bequest of $100,000 will provide unrestricted support to the Law School. Mr. Osajda served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Marine Corps, active and reserve, for 30 years, retiring as a Colonel. He was also former Lead Counsel at Motorola, Inc.

P. John Owen (JD '72): Mr. Owen’s generous bequest expectancy of $200,000 will be used to support scholarships and the Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program which provides loan repayment assistance to Law School graduates who enter public interest and government jobs. 

Devan (JD ’93) and Suchita Padmanabhan: Devan and Suchita generously made a $100,000 commitment to support the Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), which provides assistance to Law School graduates who enter public interest and government jobs and encourages students to pursue careers in public service. Devan is a member of the Northwestern Law Board and is co-founder and partner of Padmanabhan & Dawson P.L.L.C. Devan and Suchita reside in Minneapolis.

Jeannette Reuben: The late Mrs. Reuben’s generous gift added additional funds to the Don and Jeannette Reuben Scholarship Fund for students in need of financial assistance. The late Mr. Reuben was a member of the Class of 1952 whose 58-year career in the law included serving as managing partner of Kirkland & Ellis, as well as founding the firm of Reuben & Proctor. Mr. Reuben was an active member of the Law Board and a trustee of Northwestern University. 

Michael Y. Scudder, Jr. (JD '98) and Sarah R. Scudder: The Scudders’ generous gift of $100,000 benefits the Law School Annual Fund. Mr. Scudder is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he leads the accounting practice. From 2007–2009, Mr. Scudder served in the White House as general counsel of the National Security Council under President George W. Bush. He is a member of the Campaign Cabinet. 

Nina G. Stillman (JD '73): Ms. Stillman’s generous gift of $250,000 continues to support the Melvin & Joyce Stillman International Program Fund, in honor of her parents. The fund supports international programming at the Law School, in particular faculty exchanges or student study abroad in Israel. Ms. Stillman is a well-known employment and occupational safety and health law defense attorney. She was the first female partner at Vedder Price and one of the founding partners of Morgan Lewis’ Chicago office. 

William Streff (JD '74) and Kathleen Streff: Bill and Kathy’s generous gift of $200,000 will leverage the Today and Tomorrow Scholarship Challenge as authorized by J.B. and M.K. Pritzker to establish the Kathleen M. and William A. Streff Jr. Scholarship Fund.  Bill and Kathy split their time between Bonita Springs, FL and Chicago, IL and he is a member of the Campaign Cabinet. 

James D. Wareham (JD '86) and Laura L. Wareham: The Warehams’ generous gift of $100,000 benefits the Law School Annual Fund, which supports the Law School's annual operating budget, funding numerous activities and programs. Mr. Wareham is a partner at Fried Frank, where he is Global Chair of the Litigation Department.

David Weinberg (JD ’93) and Lisa Weinberg: The Weinbergs generous gift supports the Law School Fund in honor of David’s 25th Reunion. This gift will support all areas of the Law school, including scholarships, student programs and services, clinical programs, and faculty. David and his family have been proud Northwestern supporters for many years, and his father, Arnold, graduated from Northwestern Law in 1967. David currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Equity Commonwealth.

Robert Wilson (JD '99) and Erin Wilson: The Wilsons’ generous gift of $250,000 will establish an endowed scholarship at the Law School in honor of Bob’s father, Ervin (BA ’42, JD ’45), and mother, Vida. The scholarship honors the Wilson family legacy by supporting students who graduated from the family’s alma maters, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bob is a partner in the corporate transactional group at Kirkland & Ellis, and both he and Erin attended college at Wisconsin. The Wilsons live in Winnetka with their two children.