Joe Zilber, a longtime developer and graduate of Marquette Law School's class of 1941, announced today that he will be making a $ 50 million dollar gift to charities within the city, $ 30 million of which will go to Marquette Law School. Most will be used for scholarships and some for the school's new building, in particular for a commons area within the building. It's a very generous gift and, for him, a wonderful legacy to be able to leave.
The school's new building is, of course, important, but I am particularly taken by the impact that $ 25 million in scholarship money can have for law students. Legal education is expensive and, while some lawyers make a great deal of money, there are equally critical career paths in the law that are not very renumerative. A gift that can not only provide access to law school, but free graduates to follow their hearts is a wonderful thing to do.
And it'll be fascinating to see what he chooses to do with the remainder of his gift.