The gift will support the center's relocation from Suffolk University — where many of its programs have existed since its launch in 2000 — to the Boston College School of Law and will fund the center's operations when it opens there in the spring of 2015. The center, which focuses on public policy issues that affect Greater Boston and the state of Massachusetts, will house the Rappaport Fellows Program in Law and Public Policy, which provides summer internships to talented students from seven Greater Boston law schools, and the Rappaport Distinguished Public Policy Series, which will support scholarly research and host lectures, debates, and roundtable discussions. In addition, the gift, the largest in the 85-year history of BC Law, will support the Jerome Lyle Rappaport Visiting Professorship in Law and Public Policy.
"There is a critical need for serious discussion and study of law and public policy issues," said Boston College Law School dean Vincent Rougeau. "The center represents an extraordinary opportunity for Boston College and the Rappaport Foundation to work together to elevate our public discourse and to produce thoughtful, ethical, and innovative public servants for the commonwealth and the nation."
"The Rappaport Center is dedicated to change, and the way in which you achieve the maximum impact of change is by enabling emerging leaders to realize how effectively they can participate in policy and decision making," said Jerry Rappaport, who began his involvement in public policy while a student at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. "That was the beginning of our quest through the foundation, and it remains our hope for the future through our new association with BC Law."