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Wiener Family Establishes $2M Fund for Legal Excellence at Tulane University Law School

November 11, 2011


Wiener Family Fund


A $2 million pledge to Tulane Law School by Judge Jacques Loeb Wiener Jr., right, his wife, Sandra M. Feingerts, left, and their family will support scholarships and a new Public Interest Fellowship Program. (Photo by Frank Aymami)


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United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jacques Loeb Wiener Jr. (LL.B. ’61), his wife, Sandra M. Feingerts, and his children and their spouses—Patricia (JD ’84) and Mark L. (JD ’84) Shifke, Betty and Eric C. Spomer, Kathleen and Donald B. Wiener (JD ’88), and Michele and Jacques L. Wiener III—have established a ‘Family Fund For Excellence’ at Tulane University Law School. The contribution is the law school’s first Endowed Fund for Legal Excellence, a new category of endowments recently instituted by Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer.

“There could be no more fitting statement from a family who have dedicated so much of their distinguished professional lives to service to others,” said Dean Meyer. “I am deeply grateful for this leadership gift and for all it means for our students now and in the future.”

Judge Wiener and those family members listed above have stated their intention to donate, in the aggregate, $2 million over the next five years, beginning in 2011. Annual earnings of The Judge Jacques L. Wiener Jr. Family Fund For Excellence will support the recently innovated Public Interest Fellowship Program and scholarships to the law school.

According to Dean Meyer, “The Wiener Family gift will have an immediate and indelible impact on Tulane Law School and speaks directly to two of our most important priorities: ensuring that Tulane Law School remains accessible to future generations of talented students and expanding critical public-service opportunities for graduates.”

In addition to this year’s marking of the 50th anniversary since Judge Wiener and his classmates graduated from Tulane Law School in 1961, the endowment also celebrates the extensive and deep connections between Tulane Law School and the accomplished Wiener family.

“My family and I have long recognized and appreciated the vital role that Tulane University and its law school have played – and continue to play – not only in this city, state, and country, but in our lives and in any successes that we might have achieved,” Judge Wiener stated. “We elected to create a new Fund for Excellence, with its annual earnings dedicated to merit scholarships and public-sector fellowships, in the hope that doing so will help the law school continue to fulfill its unique role in legal education and scholarship, both here and abroad.”

Furthering the list of legacies, the following members of Judge Wiener’s family also have graduated from Tulane Law School: father, Jacques L. Wiener (LL.B. ’32); brother-in-law, Donald P. Weiss (JD ’61); and nephews, James L. Weiss (JD ’85) and Jeffrey W. Weiss (JD ’86), each of whom, like Judge Wiener and those of his children who attended the law school, were members of the Student Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review.

For more information about Endowed Gifts for Legal Excellence or ways you can support Tulane Law School, contact Shannon Woodward, senior director of development, at (504) 862-8559 or via e-mail at  swoodwar@tulane.edu . 


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