Chapman Trusts Donate to University of Tulsa College of Law

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Two large gifts from the Chapman Charitable Trusts will enable the University of Tulsa College of Law to create a new endowed chair and launch a facility renovation.

A $4 million donation will establish the Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair, honoring the legacy of John Rogers Sr., a former Chapman trustee who played a major role in the university's development. Law Dean Janet K. Levit will hold the inaugural seat.

"Endowing the chair assures that the College of Law will have permanent resources to attract and retain future leadership," said Levit. "It helps ensure that our work today becomes the foundation for progress, for building positively upon our rich history and continuing John Rogers' legacy of institution-building."

Another $1 million provided by the Tulsa-based trusts will allow TU to remediate asbestos from the law school's original 20,000 square feet, built in 1973. While the 1980 east wing that doubled the school's size contained none of the potentially harmful insulating materials, Levit said the existing asbestos remained a stumbling block to many potential improvements.

"We have been hamstrung over the last couple of years because of it," said TU President Steadman Upham. "We haven't been able to do any renovations, not even to go to change the light fixtures, until we remediate the asbestos problem."

Levit said this $1 million gift provides the jumping-off point for a series of other interior changes designed to improve access and functionality within certain sections of the 400-student law building. She said campus leaders need another $1 million to $2.5 million in donations to complete all of these modifications over the summer with the remediation efforts. …