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Endowed Fund at Duquesne Law School Honors Murrays, Promotes Scholarship

The School of Law will be the recipient of a newly established $1.2 million endowment fund, thanks to Chancellor and Professor of Law John E. Murray Jr. Murray designated the funding, which originated from a grant the Richard King Mellon Foundation made in 2001 in honor of his service to the university and community, to leave an important legacy during the School’s centennial year. The Dr. John and Liz Murray Endowed Fund for Scholarly Development will enhance the scholarly environment and culture in Duquesne’s School of Law.

“John exemplifies the teacher-scholar model we aspire to at Duquesne,” said Ken Gormley, dean of the School of Law. “His 50-year career is living proof that an individual can write comprehensive casebooks and treatises that are pre-eminent in the field and still be a world-class instructor in the classroom. This is an incredible gift to the Law School during the midst of its centennial celebration. It will leave a powerful imprint on the institution for the next hundred years.”

The fund will support an annual campus presentation for the University community and members of the bench and bar, in which a nationally renowned legal scholar will discuss his or her work and receive an award. The selected scholar will also write an article on the presentation topic for exclusive publication in the Duquesne Law Review.

The endowment will also fund annual awards to a member of the Duquesne law faculty for a book or article judged by peers in other law schools to significantly enhance the legal literature, and to a Duquesne law student for excellence in writing for the Duquesne Law Review.

Gormley has emphasized scholarship as a keystone of his vision during the school’s centennial year and beyond. “It enhances our visibility and makes our degrees more valuable,” he said. “We are also better teachers when we bring our scholarship into class and energize our students.”

Establishment of the Dr. John and Liz Murray Endowed Fund for Scholarly Research follows the naming of Jane Campbell Moriarty as the school’s inaugural Carol Los Mansmann Chair in faculty scholarship last month. The Murray Fund presentation and awards and the Mansmann Chair appointment will all take effect during academic year 2011-2012.

Murray began his teaching career at Duquesne in 1959 and produced three articles his first year. Since then, he has authored more than 20 books, including five editions of Murray on Contracts, which is used by law students and practicing attorneys across America and has been cited as authority in judicial opinions by numerous courts, including the United States Supreme Court.

After serving as dean of the law schools at Villanova University and the University of Pittsburgh, Murray returned to Duquesne as University President in 1988. He continued to teach and write while leading the institution’s growth over a 13-year tenure that ended with his appointment as University Chancellor in 2001. He concurrently serves as a full-time law professor.

Murray also chaired the ComPAC 21 commission, which led to sweeping reforms in Allegheny County government and the state-appointed board overseeing the city of Pittsburgh’s finances.

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