Making a Difference

Enduring Gifts

Brooklyn Law School’s endowed scholars program is rooted in the generosity of generations of alumni and friends of the Law School. In these uncertain economic times, our graduates are entering a challenging employment environment. It is more important than ever that we support their ambitions and help reduce their debt burdens. When establishing an endowed scholarship, donors have the opportunity to name the fund in honor or in memory of someone who has touched their lives. Listed below are our new scholarships this year. We hope they inspire you to contact Sean Moriarty at (718) 780-0516 to discuss how you can do more for the next generation of BLS students.

Read the full list of scholarships.

  • A scholarship established in memory of Henry Dachinger, Class of 1960, through a generous bequest from his estate, to be awarded to a deserving student.

  • A scholarship created by Dr. Marilu D. Galván to be awarded annually to a deserving first-year student of Dominican Republic heritage.

  • This scholarship, created by the Brooklyn Bar Association, celebrates Judge Jones’ long and distinguished career in public service as a judge of the New York State Court of Appeals and of the New York State Supreme Court in Kings County and as a criminal defense lawyer for The Legal Aid Society. Judge Jones was known for being extremely knowledgeable on the law and committed to equal justice for everyone who entered the New York State Court System. This scholarship is awarded each year to a deserving student who exemplifies these traits.

  • A scholarship established by a bequest from the estate of Linda Lamel, Class of 1976. Linda was a pioneer of the women’s movement and a leader of the insurance industry. She served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors and also as an adjunct professor teaching insurance law for over 10 years. The scholarship is awarded to woman student in the evening division who has excelled in the Insurance Law course.

  • A scholarship created by the late Robert A. Levitt, Class of 1939, and Shirley Levitt, who resided in both New York City and Greensboro, North Carolina, to be awarded to a deserving student in need of financial assistance.

  • A scholarship created by the late Philip F. McCarron in loving memory of his wife, June A. McCarron, Class of 1958, to be awarded to deserving women students.

  • A scholarship established in honor of Professor Roberta Karmel by alumni, faculty, family, and friends in recognition of her extraordinary service to Brooklyn Law School and her remarkable and distinguished career. Professor Karmel is an internationally renowned expert in securities regulation. She served as the first female commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the first female chair of the Board of Trustees of the Practising Law Institute, and she was also the first woman to make partner at her international law firm. She is also a former Public Director of the New York Stock Exchange. She is the author of two books and has widely published articles on securities regulation and international securities law in dozens of law reviews and journals. Among her many contributions to the Law School over her 32-year tenure, Professor Karmel has played an instrumental role in leading the activities of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and serves as its co-director. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding International Business Law fellow.

  • A scholarship established by Samuel P. Sporn, Class of 1953, and his wife, Ellen, in grateful appreciation of the opportunities that Sam’s Brooklyn Law School education provided him. Sam moved to the United States from Canada as a young child and only learned when he was a teenager that he and his parents were living in New York City as undocumented immigrants. He became a U.S. citizen, graduated from high school at age 16, and, after only two years at Brooklyn College, was accepted to Brooklyn Law School, where he went on to become editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn Law Review and class valedictorian. His long and successful career has spanned the public and private sectors, from serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Office of the U.S. Army to founding his present firm, Schoengold & Sporn, P.C., which specializes in securities law. The scholarship is awarded annually to worthy students who are immigrants so that they may have the same opportunity to succeed that he had.

  • A scholarship established by alumnus, Irving Gutin, Class of 1954, in recognition of his 60th Law School Reunion, and his wife Barbara, in honor of the extraordinary achievements of Joan G. Wexler, who served Brooklyn Law School as Dean from 1994 to 2010 and as President until 2013. It provides support to a deserving student.

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Special thanks to alumni, friends and family who gathered on the Intrepid to honor BLS trustee emeritus Robert B. Catell’s distinguished 50-year career.