Class Acts

Law alumni give back
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Facundo Bacardi

Courtesy Bacardi Limited

Facundo Bacardi 96L—chair of Bacardi Limited, which was founded by his great-great grandfather in Cuba in 1862—has been giving back to the School of Law since he was a student himself. In his third year of law school, Bacardi gave $200,000 to name Bacardi Plaza, which serves as a meeting place for students and a venue for events. His initial gift also helped with the construction of the Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library. More recently, Bacardi, who is an Emory trustee, pledged $1.5 million to Emory Law for scholarships and the dean’s discretionary fund in honor of his two favorite professors: Nathaniel Gozansky and the late David Bederman. In 2010, he provided a $150,000 lead gift to endow a scholarship in honor of Gozansky.

Other alumni gifts and pledges to Emory Law during Campaign Emory include an endowment that Linda Kagan 89L established for the Kagan-Horowitz Practice Society Premiere, a program offering students the opportunity to learn from attorneys in more than twenty practice areas.

A bequest from the estate of Patricia Collins Butler 31L will fund scholarships at the law school. One of Emory’s first three female law graduates, Butler was a 1997 Distinguished Alumna and a recipient of the Emory Medal. And the Class of 2010 made the largest class gift in Emory Law’s history with a $107,025 investment in the Loan Repayment Assistance Program and in clinical programs at the school.

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