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Neil V. Carbone Quoted Regarding University Namesake Controversies

Firm News | February 2018

Trusts and Estates partner Neil V. Carbone was recently quoted in an ABA Journal article addressing the challenges faced by colleges and universities that bear the names of founders and donors with controversial histories. Naming schools and buildings after donors is big business with charitable organizations, according to Neil. "Charitable organizations, including schools, solicit large donations and offer naming rights as an incentive to give," he says. "Some schools even provide a schedule of how much money a donor needs to contribute for corresponding naming rights." Currently under scrutiny are the University of California's Boalt Hall at Berkeley School of Law and Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. But such controversies are not new. Harvard Law School, as well as Yale and Princeton universities, have also addressed the topic.

Read "Law School and University Namesakes Stir Up Controversial Pasts" in its entirety.

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