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Italian Alumni Create New Scholarship

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Seventeen Michigan Law alumni living in Italy have made a collective gift to establish the Italian Alumni Law Scholarship here. 

The scholarship benefits students who graduate from law school in Italy and provides up to $20,000 in U.S. dollars to pursue a master of laws degree at Michigan Law. The award will be made for the first time to a student earning the degree during the 2013–2014 academic year.

Italian students have had a presence at the Law School for 60 years, says Giuseppe Scassellati, LLM ’87, a partner in the Rome office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. While the Italian alumni contingent is relatively small—about 50—the group includes several prominent professionals and academics.

To mark the recent creation of the Italian alumni association, Scassellati proposed that a scholarship be set up at Michigan Law for holders of an Italian law degree who wish to pursue graduate study here. The idea caught on quickly: Within a few months, Italian alumni had given a total of $100,000, which will fund the annual
scholarship in its first five years.

“This project will raise the Law School’s profile in Italy and provide a continuous link with the Italian legal community,” says Scassellati.  “Most importantly, it will help the scholarship recipients to enjoy their experience in Ann Arbor, both academically and socially.”

Donors gathered on December 5 to celebrate the announcement of the scholarship at a reception at Cleary Gottlieb’s Milan office.  Scassellati gave remarks, as did the U.S. Consul General in Milan, Lyle Scott. Dean Evan Caminker sent a video greeting to the group.

Other alumni who donated to the collective gift are: Flavio Acerbi, LLM ’05; Antonio Azzara, LLM ’00; Francesco Capitta, LLM ’05; Roberto Casati, LLM ’74; Massimo Coccia, LLM ’84; Mario Cuccia, MCL ’81; Antonella Giacobone, LLM ’88; Francesco Gianni, LLM ’78; Paolo Iannuccelli, LLM ’03; Pietro Merlino, LLM ’00; Emiliano Nasti, LLM ’10; Matteo Negrinotti, research scholar, 2008-2009; Gabriele Sabato, LLM ’09; Giuseppe Scotti, LLM ’06; Cesare Vento, LLM ’80; and Claudio Visco, LLM ’83

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