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Many Hands Do Good Work

Alumni join beloved professors in support of faculty-named funds.


BC Law faculty’s investment in the Law School and its students is an impressive measure of their commitment to its mission. And the BC Law community shares their dedication.

United by ideals of social justice and service to others and the greater good, the BC Law community is at once a close-knit family and a powerful network. Its strength is the talented faculty who have inspired generations of students; those hard-working students; and the thousands of alumni who carry its lessons into every corner of the law and far beyond.

These endowed funds honor four beloved professors. The funds support study in social justice and public interest law. They offer financial aid to those for whom BC Law would otherwise be out of reach. And they are collaborative efforts, invested in by faculty and alumni alike. This is the power of the BC Law family at work.


The Ingrid Michelsen Hillinger Public Interest Legacy Fund: Established by Professor Hillinger to support the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) summer stipend program.

“We need to train lawyers who are passionate about service and we need to give them opportunities to serve the public good. BC has both talented law students who want to do this work and a loyal community of alumni and friends dedicated to these values—that’s a natural match. I contribute to this fund myself and I put a lot of effort into raising money for it, because this is important work.” —Ingrid Hillinger, professor

Photograph by Patrick O’Connor


The Professor Sanford N. Katz Scholarship: Established by Professor Katz and Boston College Law to provide financial aid to a deserving law student.

“Marking the milestone of my retirement from BC Law by creating a scholarship that will endure in perpetuity is highly meaningful. It’s important that law school be open to all, not only those with the means to afford tuition, because it’s important that both the practice and scholarship of law remain equitable.” —Sanford Katz, Darald & Juliet Libby emeritus professor


The Professor Hugh J. Ault and Martina David-Ault Fund: Established by Professor Ault and his wife to provide financial aid to a deserving law student.

“The sense of humanity and community at BC Law has always inspired me. Martina and I felt it was time to give back to the school where I fulfilled my own professional goals and helped generations of students launch their careers. This endowed scholarship will make a BC Law education accessible for many students to come.” —Hugh Ault, professor emeritus

The Ruth-Arlene W. Howe ’74 Black Student Leadership Initiative: Named in honor of Professor Howe by alumni and friends of the Black Alumni Network (BAN) to provide a scholarship for a student who has demonstrated a commitment to the Black and/or African-descent community at BC Law or in under-represented communities.

“I’ve spent my whole life working for social justice, in my own law work and in my classroom. My legacy gift to BC Law, and the gifts many others have made, will help open doors for young men and women who share those ideals. It’s a way to touch the future.” —Ruth-Arlene Howe ’74, professor emerita

To make a gift to one of these funds or create a fund in honor of a faculty member or mentor, contact Jessica Cashdan at 617-552-3536 or