Northwestern University has announced a $100 million gift to its law school — the largest single gift to a law school in the United States — from alumnus J.B. Pritzker ('93) and his wife, M.K. Pritzker.
The gift will support several social justice centers at the newly renamed Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, including the Center on Wrongful Convictions, the Children and Family Justice Center, the Center on International Human Rights, and the Environmental Law Center. The gift also will endow the Entrepreneurship Law Center, which will be renamed the Donald Pritzker Entrepreneurial Law Center, in honor of J.B. Pritzker's father, co-founder and CEO of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and will support scholarships as well as efforts to develop students' entrepreneurial skills and advance law-business-technology initiatives.
J.B. Pritzker, co-founder and managing partner of the Pritzker Group, is a life member of the Northwestern Law Board; he joined the university's Board of Trustees in 2004. M.K. Pritzker is a director of the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation and serves as a trustee of the Northwestern Memorial Foundation.
"Our increasingly complex and dynamic world demands lawyers who are trained to tackle difficult legal and policy problems and to work imaginatively at the interface of law, business, and technology," said law school dean Daniel B. Rodriguez. "This extraordinary gift will help provide the financial foundation for this law school to produce a new breed of highly skilled, adaptive lawyers — creative, constructive problem-solvers armed with multidisciplinary skills and resolutely committed to social justice and the rule of law."