Starr Foundation Awards $20 Million to New York Law School

New York Law School has announced a $20 million gift from the New York City-based Starr Foundation to support student scholarships and expand the scale of the school's collaborative learning pilot project.

According to NYLS officials, the school will continue to develop new programs and also intends to use the gift to bolster its status as a leader in setting new standards for legal education. For example, it has partnered with Harvard Law School to host a yearlong contest designed to generate alternatives to the traditional legal education model and identify concrete steps for the implementation of new designs. Made as part of the law school's capital campaign, the gift is the largest in the school's history and was made in honor of NYLS alumnus and Starr Foundation chair Maurice R. Greenberg.

"I can think of no better use for this wonderful gift than to provide the support and programming our students need to become effective leaders of the legal profession," said Richard A. Matasar, dean and president of New York Law School. "It is especially gratifying to have such a generous commitment in honor of Mr. Greenberg, a most distinguished businessman, philanthropist, and alumnus."