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Fisher Foundation Gift Puts Law School Fundraising Over $15 Million Mark

April 09, 2007

* Aug. 22, 2008 – Please note that building and programming specifications for the Damon J. Keith Center may have changed since this release was written. Please contact Mary Hollens, Senior Director of Development and Alumni Relations at (313) 577-4141 or am2674@wayne.edu with questions.

Wayne State University Law School is pleased to announce a $500,000 gift from The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation.  The gift has catapulted the total amount raised for the Wayne First Law School Campaign to $15,950,000.

The gift benefits the construction of the Law School’s Damon J. Keith Classroom Building and Center for Civil Rights.  The Keith Center will showcase parts of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History and be a center dedicated to the study, research, and educational outreach in the area of civil rights law.

When told of the Fisher Foundation gift, Judge Damon Keith said that he was honored that so many of his friends and colleagues were supporting the Law School where he earned his Master of Law degree.  “But as nice as these honors are, what really matters is moving the Law School forward, so that the next generation of students and lawyers will learn about what has guided my life:  equal justice under the law.”

In a letter announcing the gift to the University, Marjorie S. Fisher, chairman of the foundation said that, “While of course the family’s commitment to Detroit and to Wayne figured in the gift, the driving force was the long-term relationship that Damon [Keith] and Max [Fisher] enjoyed and the respect that Max and I had, and have, for Damon.”

The Law School’s Dean, Frank H. Wu, noted that in addition to the Fisher Foundation gift, other philanthropists and foundations have been very generous in their support of the Law School.  “In April of last year, we were fortunate to receive $3 million from A. Alfred Taubman, also for the new Keith Building and Center.  And while local support has been crucial, we have also benefited from the generosity of national foundations, and numerous alumni and friends.”

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