CAMPAIGN UPDATE: More Support for Students First

Two Costco executives recently made gifts to the UW School of Law to support the Students First campaign.

Joel Benoliel '71Joel Benoliel '71, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Costco, and his wife Maureen recently endowed a scholarship fund for law students in financial need. The Benoliel gift will provide a three-year award given annually to a first-year student beginning in September 2008. The latest gift from the Benoliels follows two other scholarships they created, one first awarded in 2006 and the other first awarded this year.

Benoliel has been actively involved in the law school for several years. He is currently a trustee of the Washington Law School Foundation, serves on the law schoolís Capital Campaign Committee, and is a volunteer for the Law Firm Annual Challenge. He has been on the Deanís Advisory Committee and was part of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee.

Jeffrey Brotman '67, Jim Siniegal, and Greg Hicks In addition to the Benoliel gift, Costco co-founder and law school alumnus Jeffrey Brotman was honored with a gift in his name by Brotmanís long-time partner and Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal and his wife, Janet. Funds from the Sinegals gift will be slated to help financially needy law students who are first-generation college graduates, come from underserved areas of our region, or have demonstrated a strong desire in working with underrepresented populations.

Brotman, who received his J.D. from the law school in 1967, has served as a UW Regent since 1998 and is a board member of the UW Foundation. In 1998 Jeffrey and his wife, Susan, were recipients of the UW Recognition Award and, three years later, he received the School of Law's Outstanding Alumnus Award.