The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has received a major donation from an IU alumnus. The $7.7 million from the estate of Milt and Judi Stewart will endow the school’s Center on the Legal Profession as well as a professorship.
The center will be renamed the Milt and Judi Stewart Center on the Global Legal Profession. The university says the gift will be used to support the center’s global externships, research and outreach activities, partnership programs with law schools throughout the world and other activities.
"We are honored by Milt and Judi’s longtime support of the center and the law school, culminating in this latest generous gift," said Austen Parrish, dean of the Maurer School of Law. "Their support of our global externship program has made it possible for dozens of students to work during the summer in law firms, businesses and nonprofit organizations on three continents. The generosity of their bequest will further strengthen the center’s long-term impact on our students and on the legal profession."
Jayanth Krishnan, director of the center will also hold the Milt and Judi Stewart Professor of Law professorship once the funds from the gift have been distributed. He says this is an exciting time for the center, which was founded in 2009.
"We have a number of initiatives that will further our mission of promoting research on crucial issues facing lawyers, providing unparalleled opportunities for our students and expanding our global partnerships," said Krishnan. "The Stewarts’ bequest will help advance the center’s mission for years to come."
The Stewarts have been longtime supporters of the IU Maurer School of Law since Milt Stewart graduated from the school in 1971. The couple helped establish the Stewart Fellows global externship program, which the university says has funded more than 100 summer externships in eight countries.
"Judi and I are delighted to make this gift to the center," said Milt Stewart. "My law school education made it possible for me to have a successful and rewarding practice in the global legal profession. This gift enables me to repay the school in some small way for the success I have had, and, I hope, expose future students to the opportunities available to global lawyers."