$10 Million to Transform UM Law School – Largest Gift Ever Received [YouTube]
Subject to Board of Regents approval, the University of Montana School of Law will officially become the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana as a result of a $10 million donation from Alexander “Zander” and Andrea “Andy” Blewett of Great Falls.
Interim Dean Greg Munro said on Thursday, that Alexander Blewett and his wife Andrea are giving the multi-million dollar gift, to be confirmed by the Board of Regents at their meeting in Kalispell.
"Not only is this the largest gift ever received by the UM Law School, it is also among the largest ever received by the University of Montana," Munro said. "Zander Blewett is one of the finest trial lawyers in the state of Montana. His father is Alex Blewett, who is a renowned attorney all across central Montana. His two sons, Anders and Drew are both trial attorneys in his firm, Hoyt and Blewett, so we have three generations of Blewetts who were all educated at this law school."
Munro said the $10 million gift has four major components.
"First, it will fund an endowed professorship in consumer law and consumer protection," he said. "There will also be a $1.5 million scholarship, which will be a matching fund, and so that means when he matches other people's scholarships, there will be a total of $3 million in scholarships. It's got a $2.7 million fund for access to justice, consumer protection and consumer law, along with student stipends for summer work, publications and seminars. Plus, there's an extra $1.5 million that the law school can use at its discretion."
Munro said the school is astounded by the generosity of the gift.
"It's been a wonderful process putting the gift together with Zander and Andy and their sons," he said.
(Photos in YouTube slideshow by Todd Goodrich)