Leadership Gifts

Leadership gifts are gifts of $500,000 and up that are typically designated for a specific purpose. If you are interested in learning about making a gift of any size, please contact Sarah Zimmerman at 312.503.1768 or sarah.zimmerman@law.northwestern.edu.

Harry Seigle

$5 Million Gift From Harry J. Seigle Will Bolster Legal Services for Immigrant Communities

February, 2023

The gift will endow the Seigle Clinic for Immigrant Youth and Families, providing ongoing support for clinic programming and operations as well as staff recruitment, retention and professional development. More...

Linda and Cary Meadow

Meadow Family Establishes New Professorship in Honor of Father

October, 2022

Linda Friedman Meadow (BS ’89, JD ’92) and Cary Meadow have generously committed to a gift that will be used to establish a new professorship, the Howard Friedman ’64 JD Professor of Law, in honor of Linda’s father. More...

Faith Gay and family


Faith E. Gay (JD ’86) and Wife Francesca Zambello Commit $3M to New Social Justice Professorship

October, 2022

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law is delighted to announce that Faith E. Gay (JD ‘86) and Francesca Zambello have generously committed to gift $3 million to establish the Faith E. Gay and Francesca Zambello Chair in Social Justice. This endowed professorship will make an important difference in our efforts to advance human rights. More...

Lanny and Sharon Martin

Martins Drive Support for Law School Faculty Through Matching Gift Challenge

September, 2022

Past chair of Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees J. Landis “Lanny” Martin ’68, ’73 JD, ’22 H and Sharon Martin (’02, ’08 P) have made a $3 million gift to endow faculty positions at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. More...

Northwestern Trustee Chris Combe and Family Make Gift to Northwestern Access to Health Project

May, 2022

Northwestern University trustee Chris Combe, his wife, Christina, and their family have generously committed $500,000 to support the Northwestern Access to Health Project at Northwestern Pritzker Law. More...

Michael (JD-MBA '88) and Cari Sacks

Michael and Cari Sacks Gift $2 Million to Law School in Support of Scholarships

March, 2021

Michael (JD-MBA ’88) and Cari Sacks have generously committed $2 million to support scholarships for former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students attending Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. More...

Drew and Brenda Soshnick

Soshnick Family Invests in Law School Faculty

September, 2019

Drew Soshnick (BA '85, MA '85, JD '88) and Brenda Soshnick have generously committed $1 million to Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. The gift will support Law School faculty in the academic areas of law and economics and provides unrestricted support to the Law School Annual Fund. More...

Terri Mascherin (JD '84) and Thomas Abendroth (JD '84)

Law School Receives Leadership Gift from Terri Mascherin and Thomas Abendroth

September, 2019

Terri Mascherin (JD ’84) and Thomas Abendroth (JD ’84), loyal supporters of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law for over 30 years, have made a $1 million commitment to the Motion to Lead Campaign. More...

Northwestern Trustee and Family Make Gift to Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Law

August, 2019

Northwestern University trustee Chris Combe, his wife, Christina, and their family have generously committed $500,000 to support the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. This commitment adds to the family’s 2015 gift that established the Michael and Mary Schuette Global Fellowship in Health and Human Rights and the Michael and Mary Schuette Clinical Fellowship in Health and Human Rights, and provided support for the Access to Health ProjectMore...

Bill and Marcia Hochkammer

Hochkammers Generously Support Law School through Several Gifts

April, 2019

Bill Hochkammer (JD ’69) and Marcia Hochkammer (BS ’67) have generously supported Northwestern Pritzker School of Law with several major gifts, totaling more than $522,000, throughout the Motion to Lead Campaign. The Hochkammers have been loyal donors to the Law School for over 40 years. More...

$3.25 Million Planned Gift Recorded 

March, 2019

An anonymous alumnus has generously recorded a new estate gift raising his total bequest commitment to Northwestern Law to $3.25 million. This extraordinary deferred gift will be used to bolster an existing endowed scholarship and to establish a new endowed discretionary fund to be utilized by a future Dean of the Law School.  More...

Anonymous Gift to Support Law School Operations

September, 2018

An anonymous gift of $500,000 to the Law School Fund will provide essential support for the Law School’s annual ongoing operations.  More...

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...

Ted Spak ’53, ’56 JD, ’02 GP, ’05 GP Supports Alma Mater Through Bequest

April, 2014

Theodore “Ted” Spak’s connection with Northwestern dates back to 1950, when he enrolled in the College of Commerce. The Chicago native earned his undergraduate degree in just over three years before attending Northwestern’s School of Law. 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...