For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


Barers pledge $4 million to UW School of Law

Stan and Alta Barer The University of Washington School of Law has received a $4 million pledge from UW Regent Stanley Barer '63 and his wife, Alta, to create the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services. The gift, which was announced at the law school Alumni Recognition Banquet on May 22, 2008, brings the total raised for the law school's capital campaign to more than $70 million.

"It is my and Alta's hope that the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services will provide legal roadmaps for the establishment of enforceable duties and the resultant enjoyment of rights for the receipt of basic health care, educational and economic opportunity wherever those problems are most pressing in the globe," said Stan Barer. "It is a lofty goal but one that is close to our hearts and can no longer only be addressed by medicine and science."

"This extraordinary gift from the Barers is a wonderful capstone to the law school's successful $70 million campaign," said UW President Mark Emmert. "In addition to serving as chair of the Board of Regents, Stan is also a great friend and champion of the law school. This gift ensures that the UW will continue to produce leaders in the international human rights arena and provide a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and, most importantly, global legal education. We're very grateful to Stan and Alta for their vision and generosity."

American Bar Association President Bill Neukom congratulated the Barers and the law school on the gift. "The Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services will surely enhance and extend the rule of law to communities in this country and throughout the world," said Neukom. "As we would expect of the Barers and the School of Law, this is a thoughtful and far-sighted initiative which will pay rich dividends."

The Institute, which will involve an interdisciplinary effort based in the law school, will study and promote the effectiveness of legal frameworks as essential elements in achieving goals for human health, education, and social and economic well-being in developing countries.

"The law school is fortunate to be the recipient of this generous gift from Stan and Alta," said law school Interim Dean Greg Hicks. "Their gift recognizes the law school's long history of addressing international human rights and our faculty expertise in international law."

Stan Barer received a B.A. from the UW and his J.D. from the UW School of Law. He is chairman emeritus and an owner of Saltchuk Resources, Inc., a privately owned marine transportation company with 23 operating companies in the maritime industry. Stan also remains "of counsel" to the Seattle law firm of Garvey, Schubert & Barer, where for 20 years he specialized in the areas of government regulations, shipping and international trade. He was a federal prosecutor in the 1960s and later served as administrative assistant to Sen. Warren Magnuson.

Stan currently serves as chair of the UW Board of Regents. In addition, he is the campaign chair for the law school's capital campaign, a position he shared with law school alumnus and King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng until Maleng's death last year. He also serves on the non-profit Boards of the Washington Council on International Trade, Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, Washington State China Relations Council, D.C.-based Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and the D.C.-based Heinz Center for Science, Economics and Environment. The Greater Seattle Chapter of the American Jewish Committee awarded Stan the 2007 Human Relations Award.

Alta Barer is active in many non-profit organizations and just completed nine years on The Seattle Repertory Theatre's Board of Directors. She is a member of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, a trustee for Women in Democracy and served for nine years on the Board of the Hope Heart Institute. Alta has also been an active supporter of the Seattle Art Museum for fifteen years. She has a keen interest in politics and serves as a majority member of Emily's List and volunteers for many political campaigns. Alta is committed to helping women through non-profit organizations.

Established in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association since 1924, the UW School of Law is one of the top public law schools in the United States. Located in William H. Gates Hall on the Seattle campus, the law school has 66 full-time faculty members, over 500 J.D. students and 135 graduate students. It is home to the nation's number one law librarianship program and top ranked graduate programs in intellectual property, environmental law, tax law, and international law.

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