New Dean Challenges Alumni to Invest in Law

Robert Schapiro pledges to use gifts well

Dean Robert Schapiro says financial aid is a top priority for private support of Emory Law.

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To support the vision of Robert Schapiro, who was appointed dean of Emory School of Law this spring, Emory University continues to invest in the law school. Schapiro is challenging alumni and friends to do the same, and he will use their gifts to strengthen financial aid, signature programs, faculty support, and diversity efforts at Emory Law.

Schapiro, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law who served as interim dean for the past year, told guests at the school’s Annual Giving Societies dinner in May that alumni gifts to financial aid have reduced the average tuition rate during the past five years. Emory Law will increase its commitment to financial aid, he said, to further reduce students’ debt loads and “give them a choice of careers when they graduate, particularly public interest careers, which are so hard to go into without some support.”

He also will strengthen programs such as the Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy, the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques, and the Center for Transactional Law; create endowed chairs to help Emory Law better compete with peers for leading faculty; and continue the school’s longstanding work to increase student diversity.

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