$5M Donation to Create Programs in Law & Public Service


Suffolk University Law School will establish the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service and create an endowed chair as the result of a $5 million donation from Jerry and Phyllis Rappaport and the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Charitable Foundation.

The gift was announced as Suffolk University is poised to launch the $75 million Campaign for Suffolk University.

The partnership between the Rappaport Foundation and the Law School continues and expands both parties' commitment to encouraging law student to continue careers in public policy.

"The Rappaport Foundation strives to identify the leaders of tomorrow and give them the tools and experience they need today to positively impact public policy in our region and beyond," said Phyllis Rappaport, the Foundation's chairperson.

First endowed chair

The Jerome Lyle Rappaport Endowed Chair in Law and Public Policy will establish a position at the University for a nationally recognized academic leader in law and public policy and an executive director to lead the center and its associated programs.

The Foundation has been involved with Suffolk Law School through the Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy, established in 2000, which attracts gifted law students from six area law schools, who spend a summer working with a top public policymaker on key issues.

"The Rappaport Foundation does much more than provide financial support," said Law School Dean Robert H. Smith. "It is an engaged partner in the work we do. ... The Foundation works closely with our faculty and program managers to identify public policy pressure points, and it continuously looks for ways to improve the program each and every year."

Contact: Jason Lefferts, 617-488-2886

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