Georgetown Law Secures Three Transformational Gifts Totaling More Than $10 Million

September 29, 2016

Gifts to Georgetown University Law Center totaling more than $10 million were received from Sara Crown Star (L’85), Linda (NHS’77) and Tim (L’77) O’Neill and Tom Reynolds (B’74). The gifts came in the final year of Georgetown University’s fundraising campaign: For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown and contributed to a record-breaking year in fundraising for Georgetown Law — totaling $27.5 million, an all-time high for the Law Center. The campaign concluded in July and exceeded its target of $150 million, raising in excess of $174 million.

“It was a remarkable end to a very successful fundraising campaign,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor. “Thanks to each of these individuals, we are able to launch essential new programs that reflect a changing marketplace, provide sustaining support to an Institute that is tackling today’s most pressing global health concerns and invest in an infrastructure that ensures that our classrooms are equipped with the latest technological innovations.”

The Sara Crown Star gift was made to support a new business skills program at Georgetown Law, which includes an innovative business skills curriculum, an ongoing speakers series, networking events and colloquia on current business and business law issues. The gift will also support the creation and maintenance of designated space for the new program. Stephen P. Hills, former president and general manager of the Washington Post, was selected in 2015 as the first visiting professor for the new program. In this role, he is designing and developing the business skills curriculum, teaching a business essentials course and recruiting mentors, internships and speakers.

The Linda and Tim O’Neill gift will support the operations and program of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. This support will ensure that the Institute’s innovative work on critical health issues including Ebola and Zika will continue.

The Tom Reynolds gift will provide support for renovations to upgrade and enhance the technological capacity of select classrooms in McDonough Hall. This investment will ensure that students are equipped with the latest technological advancements in class. The classrooms will be named in honor of Reynolds’s father, Thomas A. Reynolds, Jr., a Georgetown University alumnus (C’48, H’91).

“The legal field is changing at a rapid pace and we must not only keep pace, we must anticipate and prepare for the needs of tomorrow’s lawyers,” said Treanor. “The generous gifts from Sara Star, Linda and Tim O’Neill and Tom Reynolds allow us to innovate and invest in our students’ legal education.”