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Training for the Profession

from The Bridge: Fall 2010 issue

Law School CourtroomJessine Monaghan '79L, inspired by the generosity of Gerry Lenfest '53, '55L and John Huss '65L, structured a gift to the Law School's third-year curriculum that tripled her donation. In doing so, she takes advantage of the match opportunities of the Lenfest Challenge Gift for faculty support and the Huss Challenge Gift for the third-year curriculum. The resulting Jessine A. Monaghan Fund is a permanent endowment to support faculty who teach various aspects of the third-year curriculum. It will also provide grants to faculty to support curricula development. Faculty members receiving such grants will be designated as Monaghan Fellows.

Monaghan, manager and senior counsel of government relations at SABIC Innovative Plastics, credited Huss for his inspiration. "There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about the real need for law schools to train students for the actual profession of law," said Monaghan, who also serves on the W&L Board of Trustees. "The traditional doctrinal focus was not necessarily doing the job. The third-year program at W&L is exactly the type of approach that will prepare our students to enter practice with the kind of skills that are important to representing clients well."