Winston & Strawn
Six Michigan Law alumni, all Winston & Strawn partners based in the firm’s Chicago office, have made a gift of $250,000 to support the building fund.
“I feel very connected to the School, as do many of my colleagues. For me professionally, Michigan has been such an important part of who I am,” says
Rex Sessions, ’84, chairman of Winston & Strawn’s labor and employment
relations department and one of the lead donors on the gift.
“Michigan is also among a handful of schools that are the most important to us
from a recruiting standpoint, and we were very pleased to be a part of improving
the school for current and future students.”
The partners say that they understood the need for Michigan Law to expand its
academic space with the building of South Hall, and to create a gathering spot
for students, the Aikens Commons.
“I wouldn’t change my time at Michigan at all, but I can appreciate that the upgraded facilities were necessary given the transformations that have taken place with the technology that you’re able to use in a classroom,” says George Lombardi, ’84, chairman of the firm’s 200 attorney intellectual property practice and another leading donor on the gift.
“I think everyone who went there in my era had a real affection for that building.
They really blended South Hall beautifully with the architecture of the existing
In addition to Sessions and Lombardi, other partners who contributed to the gift
were Matthew Bergmann, ’94; Ronald Betman, ’86; Thomas Frederick, ’84; and
Roger Lucas, ’92. The firm itself also contributed to the gift.
Winston & Strawn is among a small group of firms whose partners made
substantial collective gifts to the Law School’s building fund; others include
Kirkland & Ellis; Skadden; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Dinsmore & Shohl; Faegre
Baker Daniels; and Miller Canfield (see story, previous page).