The University of Southern California's Gould School of Law has announced a generous $ 1 million gift from the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Charitable Foundation to improve the Law School's diversity efforts and provide substantial financial support to future law students . The Browns live in Las Vegas, Nev.
The newly established Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Fellowship at USC Gould includes the $ 1 million grant and an additional $ 50,000 gift for the current use of earnings scholarships for law student applicants starting with the incoming class for fall 2021, with a positive consideration in the selection process for students who identify themselves as African Americans. The contribution was made by USC alumnus Harold Brown (BS 1959), who named the scholarship in honor of his parents.
"I have the greatest respect for people who work hard to advance their education and I am delighted that the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown charitable foundation can help talented, deserving students achieve their goals," said Brown. "I hope that this scholarship will change the lives of Gould students who will change the lives of so many other people during their legal careers."
The goal of the scholarship is to attract and enroll a more diverse student body at USC Gould, with a focus on diversifying the legal profession. USC Gould Dean Andrew Guzman has made diversity a priority since taking charge of the law school in 2015. Dean Guzman has made a comprehensive assessment of the school's admission efforts. As a result, USC Gould has successfully enrolled past JD students from underrepresented groups.
“The strength of our law faculty is based on its diversity – from backgrounds, cultures, ideas and perspectives. However, we are aware that there is still a lot to do on this important front. It's a continuous improvement process, ”said Dean Guzman. "This generous gift helps us on our way to a better, more inclusive institution, which in turn helps make the legal profession more diverse and representative of the communities it serves."
The gift came after talks between Brown and Gould alumnus Ron Mandell (JD 1967), who has been Brown's legal advisor for more than 50 years and sits on the board of the nonprofit foundation Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown. Mandell was inspired by the USC's commitment to promoting social justice and positive change.
Brown is a dedicated USC supporter who recently donated $ 5 million to establish the Rosalie and Harold Rae Brown Cancer Drug Discovery Center at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
About the USC Gould School of Law
The USC Gould School of Law is a top 20 private law school with a reputation for academic excellence and a top-notch faculty. USC Gould is known for its inclusive and collegiate student body, leadership in clinical education, and its supportive and global alumni network. The Gould School is located in Los Angeles, one of the most important legal markets in the country and a hub for large legal and entertainment companies. It offers a dynamic laboratory for legal education.