The gift will fund the acquisition of a building that expands the footprint of the law school, which is within walking distance of the U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Supreme Court. Many of Georgetown Law's centers and institutes, including the recently announced Center for Security and Emerging Technology and some of the McCourt School of Public Policy's centers and institutes, will relocate to the 130,000-square-foot building, with the aim of creating new opportunities for collaboration on innovative policy solutions across multiple fields, including health, climate, technology, education, and human rights. In recognition of the largest single gift it has ever received, Georgetown Law will launch the Scott K. Ginsburg Professorship series, with four faculty members holding the inaugural professorships.
Ginsburg began his career on Capitol Hill during the 1970s, working for Rep. John C. Culver and Sen. Dick Clark, both Democrats who represented Iowa, and serving as staff director and general counsel of the Senate's Labor Subcommittee on Employment, Poverty and Migratory Labor. He then embarked on a career in radio broadcasting, becoming co-founder and CEO of Chancellor Media Corporation, and later founded Boardwalk Auto Group, which sells luxury cars.
"The time I spent at Georgetown Law changed my life forever. Now, I'm able to return the favor and transform the law campus," said Ginsburg. "To be a part of these professorships and the transformative legacy they leave behind long after I am gone is the pinnacle of my career. Georgetown Law's scholars are advancing the cause of justice every day — and training students to do the same. Being associated with these professors is one of the great honors of my life."
"Georgetown University Law Center is a global leader in legal education and the preeminent U.S. law school based in the nation's capital," said the school's dean, William M. Treanor. "Over the last decade, we have seen unprecedented growth in our experiential offerings for students across our clinical, externship, practicum, and simulation programs, all of which are deeply woven into the Washington, D.C., landscape. Bringing together our centers and institutes in one location will help us prepare the next generation of leaders, by allowing Georgetown students to work across disciplines with top experts addressing critical global issues today."