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Penn Law receives gifts totaling $5.7 million to support student scholarships and a new professorship

January 28, 2019

The University of Pennsylvania Law School has received a group of gifts totaling $5.7 million in support of the school’s commitments to expanding access to legal education and fostering innovative scholarship and teaching by renowned legal academics. These generous gifts have come in the midst of the Law School’s “Power of Penn Law: Advocates for a New Era” Campaign, which aims to build upon the Law School’s strengths by broadening access for students and alleviating burdensome debt, adding faculty who are at the forefront of law’s newest frontiers, investing in the school’s academic centers and experiential learning opportunities, and redoubling efforts to launch public-interest careers.

Osagie Imasogie GL’85 and Losenge Imasogie have pledged $3,000,000 to create the “Imasogie Professorship in Law & Technology,” which will be open to cross-disciplinary scholars whose work bridges the interconnected fields of law and technology. Osagie Imasogie is Senior Managing Partner at PIPV Capital. A dedicated supporter of Penn Law and active member of the alumni community, he is also the Co-Chair of the Advocates for a New Era campaign. Recently, Imasogie delivered the Law and Entrepreneurship Lecture, hosted by the Penn Law Institute for Law and Economics, on the emergence of intellectual property as global currency.

The three additional significant gifts to the Law School provide increased funding for student scholarships. Mark Solomons L’70 has made an estate bequest of $1 million to establish a scholarship that will be open to all Penn Law students, regardless of need. Solomons is a Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig and Co-Chair of the firm’s National Appellate Practice, and is based in Washington, D.C.

Together, The Joseph H. Flom Foundation and Eric Friedman L’89 have donated over $1 million to establish the Penn Law Youth Advocacy Scholars Program at Penn Law, which will provide full scholarships to exceptional entering students who intend to dedicate their careers to advocating for young people. Friedman is the Executive Partner of Mergers and Acquisitions at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. The Flom Foundation provides grants to various causes related to youth and education.

Finally, Cary M. Schwartz, W’66, L’69 & Elaine Schwartz, CW’67 have given $700,000 to create a need-based scholarship fund at the Law School. Longtime supporters of Penn Law, the Schwartzes have previously funded two other scholarships which remain open to all students, irrespective of need.

“These generous gifts will enable the Law School to continue to make a world-class legal education accessible for the best students and to support the groundbreaking work of leading legal scholars,” said Ted Ruger, Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law and Dean of Penn Law. “As Penn Law expands our commitment to supporting students academically, financially, and professionally, this funding will allow us to make great strides toward the future.”