Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law has received a $1.125 million gift from local personal injury firm Bergener Mirejovsky, APC. This represents one of the largest gifts in the history of the Fowler School of Law. James M. Bergener and alumnus Samuel Mirejovsky (JD ’14) have been long-time supporters of the Fowler School of Law.
The gift will be used in various ways to support the school, including the Bergener Mirejovsky Scholarship for Fowler School of Law students over the next six years and an annual gift toward the school’s bar prep program. Additionally, the student lounge will be renamed the Bergener Mirejovsky Student Lounge, and its game room will also be renamed the James M. Bergener Game Room.
“I am inspired by James and Sam’s affection and commitment to Chapman University and the Fowler School of Law,” said Matt Parlow, dean of the Fowler School of Law. “We are grateful for their incredible support and vision for this great law school. We are fortunate to have them as part of the Chapman Family.”
Sam Mirejovsky is a double alumnus in that he received his undergraduate degree in sociology from Chapman University in 2011, as well as his law degree in 2014. Mirejovsky says he wanted to support students at the law school in these meaningful ways.
“Chapman University is not just a school, it’s a family,” said Mirejovsky. “James and I are both very grateful to Chapman’s faculty, staff, and graduates for everything they contribute to our community.”
Prior to this gift, Bergener Mirejovsky made annual gifts of $180,000 to support the Bergener Mirejovsky Scholarship, established in 2013. The scholarship is designed to assist law students who have worked full-time prior to seeking a legal education. In addition to their generous financial contributions, the firm also regularly hires Fowler School of Law graduates.
Bergener Mirejovsky (bergenerlaw.com) is a California personal injury law firm with practice areas that include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and premises liability claims. The firm was founded in 2004 to better serve the needs of accident victims. In addition to passionately defending the rights of their clients, Bergener Mirejovsky strives to be a force of good in the community.
Dean Parlow praised the firm’s support of the Fowler School of Law, saying, “Whenever called upon to help out, James and Sam are always among the first to say yes.”