Robert B. Fiske Jr.
"The rising cost of legal education make it more difficult for today's graduates to enter government service...My endowment basically addresses the financial considerations. I think it is harder today for people because they have loans that put them in a more difficult position than it was for a lot of us 30-40 years ago." -- Robert B. Fiske Jr. '55
Mr. Fiske is senior counsel in Davis Polk and Wardwell's Litigation Department in New York. He has represented high profile clients like General Electric, Exxon, Clark Clifford, and others. Mr Fiske has spent more than 40 years between the private and public aisles. He knows well that public and private legal work are the fraternal twins of the legal profession.When talking about the Michigan Law School and his time in public service, Mr. Fiske says, "These are two of the things that have meant the most to me in my career."In recognition of these influences, Mr. Fiske has given the Law School a gift of $2.5 million to establish an endowment to support three Law School graduates each year who want to go into government legal work. Each Robert B. Fiske Jr. Fellow will receive a $5,000 first-year stipend and, for three years, debt repayment assistance on the full amount of all college and law school educational loans."The rising costs of legal education make it more difficult for today's graduates to enter government service," Mr. Fiske says, and hopes his gift will help them take such posts. "My endowment basically addresses the financial considerations. I think it is harder today for people because they have loans that put them in a more difficult position than it was for a lot of us 30-40 years ago."Former Law School Dean Jeffrey S. Lehman, '81, praised Mr. Fiske's role in helping Law School graduates to enter government service. "Bob Fiske personifies the ideal of a lawyer as a public servant, both through his government service and in service to the legal profession."
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