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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2013

{ ADVANCEMENT } UC Hastings Sees Dramatic Increase in Grant Awards L. Richard Fischer ’70 Establishes $125,000 Endowed Scholarship Fund Rick Fischer ’70 recently made a generous gift of $125,000 to create an endowed scholarship fund. The scholarship will help support a student who attended the University of San Francisco and who, after one year at UC Hastings, has placed in the top 10 percent of his or her class. “Scholarships play a vital role in helping to alleviate our students’ financial burden,” says Dean Frank H. Wu. “We are most grateful to Rick for his vision and generosity.” Fischer, who is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Washington, D.C., office, specializes in retail financial services, privacy, and data security. “I found joy in the study of the law at UC Hastings and a successful practice as a result of that education,” says Fischer, who served on the editorial board of the Hastings Law Journal. “I am pleased to be able to create the scholarship fund to give others a similar educational opportunity.” For more information about creating an endowed scholarship, please contact Laura Jackson at 415.565.4621 or jacksonl@uchastings.edu. Grant awards at UC Hastings College of the Law have exceeded $1 million this fiscal year, a 48 percent increase over the past year. Leading grant makers, including the MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Family Fund, and the Leon A. & Esther F. Blum Foundation, recognize the impact of the College’s high-quality academic program based on scholarship, teaching, and research, and engagement with the legal and advocacy community. The largest of these awards are MacArthur Foundation grants totaling nearly $500,000 in support of the groundbreaking work conducted by the UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (to learn more about CGRS, please see page 32). Private foundation support enables the College to thoroughly prepare its graduates for a profession with continuously changing demands and needs. For more information about grants at UC Hastings, please contact Beverly Parayno at 415.581.8820 or paraynob@uchastings.edu. 16 spring 2013


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