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Sustaining a Tradition of Quality: $23,250,000

Although several of our alumni have been extraordinarily generous, the percentage of Dickinson School of Law alumni who give back to our Law School is dramatically lower than at the Pennsylvania and national law schools with which we now compete.

The Dickinson School of Law has more than 9,000 living alumni; our annual giving participation rate averages lower than 8 percent. We need your help to increase that percentage to 25 percent – higher if possible.
Unrestricted gifts to The Dickinson School of Law Annual Fund, along with donations from law firms and other corporate partners, provide the dean with much-needed flexibility to fund high-priority areas such as financial aid and scholarship support, technology upgrades, student organizations, and new programs. As advances in technology and collaborations across the University accelerate the pace at which the Law School grows and develops new programs, such gifts will become increasingly important in maintaining the quality and accessibility of all of our opportunities.

Lewis Katz, Class of 1966“When I think about the thousands and thousands of alumni who have a quality of life that in many ways is so enhanced by their education from The Dickinson School of Law, I almost feel that it’s somewhat obligatory that they find a way to share that with the next generation to ensure that the opportunity will be there for people who follow them, just as it was when they attended,” Katz said.

In 2007, Lewis Katz ’66 made an unprecedented $15 million gift to The Dickinson School of Law, one of the single largest acts of philanthropy in Penn State's history. In recognition of his extraordinary efforts on behalf of the Law School, the University named the new law building in University Park the Lewis Katz Building and designated the new signature addition to the Law School's Carlisle facilities as Lewis Katz Hall.

Katz is an owner of the New Jersey Nets and a member of the Board of Governors of the National Basketball Association. He is a shareholder in the New York Yankees and a former owner of the New Jersey Devils hockey team. In each of those enterprises, he pledged a share of team profits to benefit inner-city youth. Katz is of counsel to Katz, Ettin and Levine, the law firm he founded in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He serves on a number of boards, including the Law School’s Board of Counselors , the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center. Katz supports a number of charitable and philanthropic causes and is director of the Katz Foundation.