Elizabeth S. “Betty” Bishop, AB ’72, has documented a $75,000 bequest, to accompany a $100,000 charitable remainder annuity trust, which establishes the William, Mary, and Elizabeth Bishop Family Travel Fund. The fund honors her father, William Bishop, a professor and pioneer in international law at Michigan Law between 1948 and 1976. Betty’s parents met while working in the Department of State during World War II, an origin for their interests in international law. The Bishop Fund will enable Michigan Law students to pursue their passion for international law by supporting travel costs for externships, clinical experiences, conferences, and coursework abroad. Betty, a licensed psychologist, recently retired from her private practice, located in Ann Arbor.
Liz and Richard Burns, ’71, of Carefree, Arizona, have made a $100,000 gift to the Law School Fund in celebration of Richard’s 45th reunion. He is co-chair of the Class of 1971 reunion committee. To further honor Richard’s reunion, the couple made an additional $100,000 gift to the Richard and Elizabeth Burns Debt Management Fund, which offsets student-loan debt for Michigan Law graduates who pursue lower-paying jobs in the public or private sector. Liz and Richard are deeply committed to assisting graduates with their debt; in addition to endowing the Burns Fund, they previously documented a significant bequest to the Loan Repayment Assistance Program.
Stu Finkelstein, ’85, and his wife, Beth, have made an additional gift in support of the Finkelstein Family Debt Management Fund, which they established through a bequest originally made last year. The Finkelsteins say they understand the importance of the Loan Repayment Assistance Program at Michigan Law and the role it plays in assuring that students are able to have the pleasure of working somewhere they love without being dissuaded by the cost of pursuing a quality legal education. Stu is the co-head of the global tax group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City, where he has spent his entire career.
David M. Rubin, ’76, has documented a $50,000 bequest to the Law School Fund on the occasion of his 40-year class reunion. David is a partner at Golenbock, Eiseman, Assor Bell & Peskoe LLP in New York City. “My gift is in honor of my fond memories of Michigan and in thanks for a great legal education that has served me well for 40 years. I could not imagine a better environment in which to have studied law,” says David. “Forty years later, I still remember with fondness and appreciation the great professors I was fortunate to have.” A bequest to the Law School Fund is one of several ways to leave a lasting legacy at the Law School. Learn more at michigan.giftlegacy.com.