$10.5 Million Gift from Scott K. Ginsburg (L’78) Supports Capital Expansion of Georgetown Law

March 18, 2019

Scott K. Ginsburg (L’78) has committed $10.5 million to Georgetown University Law Center, the largest one-time commitment in the history of Georgetown Law. The gift supports expansion of the Law Center campus, near Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Scott K. Ginsburg (L'78) at the 2015 dedication of the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at Georgetown Law.

Scott K. Ginsburg (L’78) at the 2015 dedication of the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport & Fitness Center at Georgetown Law.

A 1978 graduate of Georgetown Law, Ginsburg previously funded the Scott K. Ginsburg Sport and Fitness Center at Georgetown Law. Ginsburg’s cumulative support now places him as the single most generous philanthropist in the Law Center’s history.

In recognition of the gift, Georgetown will launch the Scott K. Ginsburg Professorship series. Four faculty members will hold the inaugural Scott K. Ginsburg Professorships: Professor Rosa Brooks, Professor Sheila Foster, Professor David Hyman and Professor Carlos Vazquez. The first installation ceremony, on March 20, will honor Brooks; other ceremonies will follow in late spring and in the fall of 2019.

“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.”

Under the tenure of Dean William M. Treanor, the Law Center has increased student enrollment, created over 30 new faculty positions, and expanded high-impact research centers and institutes. “Scott’s remarkable generosity is giving us the capacity to house the world’s top law students and scholars and support their work,” Treanor said. “With our recent growth in programming and on-campus population, he is meeting a truly critical need for the Law Center community.”

“And, in years to come, the title ‘Ginsburg Professor of Law’ will become synonymous with the justice-focused initiatives and research coming out of Georgetown Law,” Treanor continued.

Ginsburg began his career on Capitol Hill, working for U.S. Congressman John C. Culver and U.S. Senator Dick Clark, both of Iowa. After serving as staff director and general counsel of the U.S. Senate’s Labor Subcommittee on Employment, Poverty and Migratory Labor, he embarked on a career in the radio broadcasting industry.

He eventually became co-founder and CEO of Chancellor Media Corporation, the nation’s largest radio broadcasting company.

When Ginsburg turned to selling luxury cars, the result was his highly successful company, Boardwalk Auto Group. It operates numerous dealerships in Texas and California.

Ginsburg espouses a belief in giving back to the community and focuses his philanthropy on the needs of the homeless and the hungry, in addition to health care matters, the environment, the arts and education.