CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Barer Gift Provides Capstone to $70 Million Campaign

Alta and Stan Barer
A $4 million pledge from UW Regent and law school campaign chair Stan Barer '63 and his wife, Alta, brings the total raised for the law school's campaign to more than $70 million. The Barers announced their gift, which will lead to the creation of the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services, at the 2008 Alumni Recognition Banquet on May 22.

"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."

"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."

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."