Milwaukee business executive Sheldon B. Lubar and his wife, Marianne Lubar, have donated $3 million to the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Lubar, a 1951 UW undergraduate and 1953 UW Law School graduate, is the founder and chairman of Milwaukee-based private investment and capital management firm Lubar & Co.
The gift will be used to endow a faculty post that would diversify research and support extraordinary legal scholarship, the school said.
The Sheldon B. Lubar Distinguished Research Chair in Law will be a competitive endowment awarded annually to a faculty member that has advanced research in any area of law. This is different from the traditional law school faculty chair, which is long-term for one faculty member in one area of law.
“We hope this gift will ignite creative thinking, build a volume of legal research and put a UW-Madison brand on a wide range of scholarship that will benefit society and the practice and study of law,” Sheldon Lubar said.
“The Lubars’ vision and innovative spirit has provided the UW Law School a means to enrich scholarship that will have a meaningful impact in multiple areas of law,” said dean Margaret Raymond. “It’s an exciting concept that will set the school apart. The Lubars deserve our thanks.”
“We are grateful to have friends like the Lubars, who want to support a broad range of scholarship,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “This is an innovative gift that will strengthen the Law School and enhance its attractiveness to top faculty.”
The Lubars also endowed the UW-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business and the UW-Madison Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions.