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Loyalty Rewarded

Drinan Society honors donors who give every year.

Robert Drinan, SJ (copy shot from Boston College Magazine) photographed on the steps of Burns Library. 

For Kenneth S. Prince ’75, two related courses at BC Law inspired his career path. Prince, who has been giving to BC Law every year for more than three decades, took two antitrust classes with Professor Peter Donovan during his third year. Those courses motivated him to pursue a career as an antitrust lawyer. After a thirty-nine-year career with Shearman & Sterling in New York, he retired at the end of 2014, having served for twenty years as the practice group leader of Shearman’s global antitrust practice.

“Throughout my career, I remained thankful for the well-rounded and superb legal education and training that I received at BC Law,” Prince said. “To convey my appreciation for the legal foundation that my three years there gave me, I have contributed annually to BC Law in the hope that future generations of law students may benefit as I have from all the wonderful opportunities that BC Law has to offer.”

To honor donors like Prince, BC Law has launched the Drinan Society, a new way to recognize consecutive years of giving. The society is named for Robert F. Drinan, SJ, dean of BC Law from 1956 to 1970 and beloved mentor to decades of law students.

“To convey my appreciation for the legal foundation that my three years there gave me, I have contributed annuallyto BC Law.” —Kenneth S. Prince ’75

“Father Drinan was ahead of his time in so many ways,” said Jessica Cashdan, executive director of campaign planning and associate dean of law school advancement.

By providing for current and future BC Law students, annual donors play a critical role in carrying on Father Drinan’s legacy, contributing to the enhancement of the student experience and the advancement of faculty research.

Donors who have made a gift—of any size—for two or more consecutive years are automatically enrolled in the society and they are recognized on BC Law’s honor roll of donors and at BC Law events. Those who have given for five or more consecutive years have the added distinction of being named Sustaining Members of the Drinan Society.

Father Drinan was instrumental in helping BC Law develop a reputation for academic excellence. He created twelve Presidential Scholarships to help BC Law students attend who otherwise may not have been able to afford the tuition. He also hired a new full-time faculty member every year in an effort to strengthen the school’s core faculty.

“Drinan sought to prepare the Law School for the future and took important, concrete steps to achieve this,” said Cashdan. “Today, our loyal donors continue this legacy.”

During his tenure as dean, Drinan saw his hard work pay off as BC Law became a nationally recognized school that attracted applicants from across the country, not just the East Coast.

Through the generous annual support of the Drinan Society, Father Drinan’s vision lives on today, helping secure BC Law’s place as one of the nation’s leading law schools.

If you have questions about joining the Drinan Society, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 617-552-6263 or