Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law has received a $1.125 million gift from local law 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 have been long-time supporters of the Fowler School of Law.

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Alumnus Samuel Mirejovsky and James M. Bergener with Fowler School of Law Dean Matt Parlow in the middle

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 ( 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.”

About the Dale E. Fowler School of Law

With a “Top Schools” ranking in U.S. News and World Report, ABA accredited Chapman University Fowler School of Law is a forum where accomplished faculty members provide students with a combination of personalized instruction and real-world clinical, transactional, and courtroom training. Students can earn a JD, an LL.M., a joint JD/MBA in conjunction with the Argyros School of Business and Economics, and a joint JD/MFA in Film and Television Producing in conjunction with the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Additionally, the school offers seven JD Emphasis programs in Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Criminal Law, Entertainment Law, Environmental, Land Use & Real Estate (ENLURE), International Law, and Tax Law. The school’s alumni are making a significant impact in their communities as leaders in law, business, and public service. In 2013, The Fowler School of Law made institutional history when alumnus Dale E. Fowler ‘58 donated $55 million to the school, which was – at the time – the second largest reported gift to a law school.

About Chapman University

As an academically distinguished center of learning, Chapman University attracts extraordinary students and faculty from around the globe. Its ten schools and colleges foster a vibrant intellectual community, and provide extensive opportunities for students to learn, grow and discover alongside remarkable faculty. The University is home to some 8,000 students pursuing bachelor, master and doctoral degrees, and is alma mater to more than 40,000 alumni found throughout the United States and the world. Now celebrating its 156th year, Chapman is known for its distinguishing strengths in leadership and civic engagement, in the arts and entertainment disciplines, and in specialized sectors of technology and science. The University is comprised of its main campus in Orange, California, and the Rinker Health Science campus for graduate health science programs in Irvine, California.

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