Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law has received a $1 million gift from Sherry and Parker Kennedy. Parker Kennedy is currently the Chair of the Fowler School of Law Board of Advisors and Vice Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. He also serves as Chairman of First American Financial Corporation.

The focus of the Kennedys’ gift is supporting the work of the Fowler School of Law’s nationally-recognized faculty in expanding opportunities for students. The gift establishes several professorships, as well as a specified fund for excellence.

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Dean Matt Parlow and Park Kennedy

“The Kennedy Family have been incredible supporters of the Fowler School of Law since its founding,” said Matt Parlow, dean of Chapman’s Fowler School of Law. “From Kennedy Hall to the Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law to scholarship support for our top students, the Kennedy Family has been extraordinary partners in driving the success of this great law school. Park’s enthusiastic support means a great deal to us. This generous gift expands our faculty’s work in key areas for students and faculty scholarship.”

“The Fowler School of Law has an excellent faculty that prepares students for the practice of law through its innovative, practice-ready curriculum,” said Kennedy. “There is a lot of momentum at the Fowler School of Law, and we are thrilled to help expand student opportunities and support and recognize those faculty working with our students.”

This is the second million dollar gift for the Fowler School of Law this academic year. Just last August, Fowler Law School received a $1.125 million gift from alumnus Sam Mirejovsky ’14 and his law partner, James Bergener.

“Million dollar gifts are not very common in legal education, and receiving two in a year is a testament to the belief, support and confidence that our donors have in the important and impactful work that we do here every day with our students,” said Parlow.

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 157th 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. Visit us at

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