The largest gift from an alumnus in the law school's history will endow the school's global initiative, which prepares future lawyers to operate in a highly globalized environment. To be renamed the W.A. Franke Global Law Program, the program's expanded offerings will include a "global quarter" focused on business in China, Singapore, and other parts of Asia; an intensive ten-week immersion course in international law and finance; a foundational course on global legal practice; and courses that combine rigorous classroom training with overseas study trips.
"At Stanford Law, we're training a generation of lawyers who can lead and solve problems in an increasingly interconnected world," said Robert Daines, SLS Pritzker Professor of Law and Business, associate dean for global programs, and senior faculty for the Rock Center on Corporate Governance. "Bill's gift will enable us to expand our offerings, including a new innovative global quarter where our students can spend an entire quarter focused on global business law."
Franke, whose career has spanned the forest products, banking, convenience store, and airline industries, previously supported the W.A. Franke Professorship in Law and Business at the law school and the Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education. He also has served on the SLS dean's advisory council.
"I'm excited by the law school's vision to make Stanford Law a true incubator for the next generation of global leaders," said Franke. "My hope is that this gift will add a layer of global preparedness to the education offered at Stanford and will help continue the tradition of sending SLS graduates into the world able to tackle pressing issues and add value in the global arena."