News & Events

Print/PDF this page:

Print Friendly and PDF

Share this page:

Law School Deanship Endowed by Goldman Charitable Trusts

The Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust and the Sol Goldman Charitable Trust have announced a grant of $5 million to Yale Law School to endow the deanship of the School.

The charitable trusts are named for the late New York City philanthropists Sol Goldman and his wife, Lillian, who was a longtime friend and benefactor of the School.

Income from the endowment will support the activities of the dean in all areas. "Our gift to Yale Law School continues the tradition of giving to the School started by our parents, Sol and Lillian Goldman," said sisters Amy and Jane Goldman. "The Goldman family believes strongly in the values and ideals inherent in a Yale Law School education and hopes that this contribution will assist the current dean and future deans in their efforts to build upon the School's prominence in legal studies and public policy."

Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh said, "The generosity of the Goldman family will further Yale Law School's mission of excellence and humanity in legal education. The School is deeply grateful to the Goldman family for its critical assistance over the years in helping us to provide a truly distinctive educational experience for our students."

Since his appointment to the deanship in July 2004, Dean Koh's stated goals for the School have included furthering the globalization of the curriculum, renewing the School's commitment to public service work, maintaining a world-class faculty, exploring the future of the legal profession, and strengthening the Law School community.

The Goldman family has been a major supporter of the School for many years along all these dimensions. A contribution by Lillian Goldman in 1994 during the Law School's extensive renovation project supplied funds for the expansion and extensive renovation of the library, which was renamed the Lillian Goldman Law Library in memory of Sol Goldman. Funds were also used to establish need-based scholarships for students interested in the study of women's rights.