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UM Carey Environment Law Program Receives $1 Million Gift


A $1 million gift to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will endow two initiatives in the law school's Environmental Law Program.

Pledged by Joel Fedder, JD, '58, and his wife Ellen, the endowment will fund the Fedder Scholars Program, which provides grants for UM Carey law students to participate in the annual International Union for Conservation of Nature Academy (IUCN) Colloquium. The IUCN is held in a different country each year.

The Fedder endowment also funds the Fedder Environmental Law Lecture and Dinner, which brings an outside scholar to the law school to discuss prominent environmental issues. The Fedders had previously funded both initiatives at a more modest level.

Additional funding by the Fedder endowment will support the Environmental Law Program so it can recruit senior attorneys to continue the important work of protecting Maryland's environment.

"This gift will have a lasting impact on the Environmental Law Program because it will directly enhance students' academic experience and the development of their scholarship," says UM Carey Law Dean Donald B. Tobin, JD, who started his tenure July 1. "The gift is also a shining example of the tremendous dedication and generosity of UM Carey Law's alumni community. Joel's leadership is inspiring and makes me proud to now be part of this family."

"The Fedder gift will be immensely valuable to our students, our clinic, and our Environmental Law Program's growing global reputation," says Robert Percival, JD, MA, the Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the Environmental Law Program. "It will enable our students to present their research at international environmental conferences."

In 2013, five UM Carey Law students presented papers during the IUCN Colloquium in New Zealand. This year, six students from the school traveled to the colloquium in Spain to present papers on topics ranging from nuclear waste to environmental concerns over drinking water.

Fedder, a member of the law school's Board of Visitors, says he was inspired to contribute to the Environmental Law Program after a trip to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. He cites the "joy" of developing young attorneys and the satisfaction of making a difference in the career paths of UM Carey Law students.

"Traveling to New Zealand to present my research to an international audience was humbling and inspiring, especially after having only just finished my first year of law school," says Hilary Jacobs, a UM Carey Law third-year student. "The experience gave meaning and context to the research I had conducted for a class, which deepened my learning experience and has since helped me frame subsequent research papers."






Posting Date: 07/09/2014
Contact Name: Jill Yesko
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jyesko@umaryland.edu