Brooklyn Law School has received two $1 million gifts, one from the Charitable Lead Annuity Trust of Louis Feil, father of Jeffrey J. Feil, Class of 1973, and one from Dennis J. Block, Class of 1967. Both gifts are directed to help students defray the cost of their legal education.
Jeffrey Feil is the Chairman and President of the Feil Organization, one of the nation’s foremost and diverse real estate companies. The gift will be added to the Gertrude and Louis Feil Scholarship Fund, which the Feil Family established in memory of their parents last year with a gift of $1.25 million. The scholarships will be awarded to extraordinary students. “I am grateful for the training I received at Brooklyn Law School. Every day, I use the skills I acquired there to analyze complex real estate transactions. I want to help students take advantage of the opportunities the Law School offers, just as I did,” said Feil, a member of the School’s Board of Trustees.
Dennis Block is the Senior Chairman of Greenberg and Traurig’s global Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions Practice. He has handled numerous precedent-setting mergers and acquisitions transactions - both hostile and friendly - on behalf of acquirers, targets, and investment banks. He shares his knowledge with the Law School’s students, teaching a course on Mergers and Acquisitions as an Adjunct Professor. His gift will support the Law School’s summer public service program for students who are interning with federal court judges. The students will be known as Block Judicial Intern Fellows. According to Block, “one of the best experiences a law student can have is to intern with a federal judge. It gives a student an opportunity to study the judicial decision-making process and to build writing and analytical skills.”
Both donors are long-time supporters of the School. Feil Hall, the School’s 22-story residence hall is named in honor of the generosity of the Feil family. That building transformed the Law School’s community by providing housing for approximately 350 students and allowing the Law School to guarantee housing to all of its first-year class. The School’s Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law is named in recognition of the support of Block, who describes the Law School as “the institution that made my career possible.” The Center provides fellowships to students and brings together scholars, practitioners, judges and members of the international business community to explore cutting-edge issues that affect the international economy. In addition, he has endowed a scholarship fund “in grateful appreciation to the Law School for its scholarship assistance during his days as a student.”
“We are so fortunate to have two such distinguished alumni support our Law School. Jeffrey and Dennis are always thinking of ways to help us. It is no surprise that in this era of increasing debt for our students, they reached out to support them,” said President Joan G. Wexler.