The University of Michigan Law School has announced a $33 million gift from Lisa and Chris Jeffries.
The largest gift in the law school's history will be dedicated to scholarships and other forms of financial aid for students, summer funding programs, and debt management. In recognition of the gift, which boosts the couple's total support for the school to more than $40 million, South Hall will be renamed Jeffries Hall. The couple's previous gifts include $5 million for construction of South Hall in 2007 and $2.5 million to help establish the 1L Summer Funding Program in 2015.
"Law school is a unique way of disciplining your mind, and my time at Michigan was formative and memorable," said Chris Jeffries, a 1974 graduate of Michigan Law and co-founder of Millennial Partners, a real estate development firm. "I'm especially interested in paying the way forward for students who lack financial resources, and this gift will allow them to have opportunities and experiences they otherwise wouldn't be able to."
"We are deeply grateful for Lisa and Chris's transformational gift," said Mark D. West, dean and Nippon Life Professor of Law. "Their generosity is particularly meaningful because it directly supports our students, who are the heart of our mission. The Jeffries' support also reflects one of Michigan Law's greatest strengths: the passion and generosity of our alumni community."