Marquette University Law School today announced a $2 million gift from Milwaukee business leader and philanthropist Sheldon Lubar for the creation of the Sheldon B. Lubar Fund for Public Policy at the Law School.
The fund will specifically support public policy research and initiatives, including conferences and symposia; faculty research; curriculum development; and programs that enhance the teaching of public policy issues at Marquette Law School.
“It is clear that, as Milwaukee’s law school, Marquette can play a critical role in convening discussions on the most critical public policy issues of our day,” said Lubar. “We are at a crossroads on some of our most pressing policy needs in our community, such as public education, transportation and the possibility of freshwater initiatives. It is my hope that the Lubar Fund for Public Policy will further establish Marquette Law School as the place that convenes a wide group of individuals to address hard problems, and I look forward to collaborating with them in the future.”
Lubar is the founder and chairman of Lubar & Co., a Milwaukee-based private investment firm. He served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and as Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. In addition, he was a Commissioner of the first White House Conference on Small Business under President Jimmy Carter. Lubar is past president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, and was the president and co-founder of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.
Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., praised Lubar’s commitment to education, to Milwaukee and to Wisconsin: “Shel Lubar has long been a driving force in Wisconsin, and he understands the importance of broad civic engagement on public policy issues and the role that our law school plays in the region. We are truly appreciative of his confidence in Marquette Law School and grateful for all he does for the greater Milwaukee community.”
Joseph D. Kearney, dean of the Law School, said the Lubar Fund will allow the school to expand the scope and participation in public policy initiatives and encourage law students to be knowledgeable about and involved in community issues. “Earlier this fall we dedicated Eckstein Hall, the new home of Marquette University Law School, and from the origins of designing this great building we placed a premium on providing space and opportunity for public discussion of the events most important to the future of our community. We are grateful for the partnership of Shel Lubar in our efforts,” said Kearney.