Major Gift Enhances Legal Research and Writing Program

Oct 25, 2016

$500,000 Gift Enhances Legal Research and Writing Program


Alumnus Morris “Morrie” Galen (J.D., ’50) has pledged $500,000 to the University of Oregon School of Law to benefit its Legal Research and Writing Program. This is his second major gift to the program and the largest single donation by an individual to this top-ranked program.

“We are thrilled by Mr. Galen’s generous and continuing support, which has created new opportunities for students to enhance their writing,” said program director Professor Suzanne Rowe. “Through Mr. Galen’s commitment to the Legal Research and Writing program, his $1.3 million endowment will support Oregon Law students and faculty for generations to come.”

In 2005, Galen’s friends and colleagues began raising money for an endowment fund in honor of the distinguished alumnus’ contribution to the legal profession. When Galen made his first large donation to the fund in 2013, he asked for spending to focus on making Oregon Law students great writers. Since then, the Galen Fund endowment has supported a number of initiatives within the Legal Research and Writing Program, catapulting its US News ranking to fourth in the nation.

“Mr. Galen’s gift reflects the centrality of excellent legal writing to 21st-century legal education. With the help of his visionary investment, Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program makes a difference for our students and for the profession, and I am excited to see the impact this gift will have on our already stellar program,” said Michael Moffitt, dean of Oregon Law.

The Galen Fund at Oregon Law has generated new and innovative writing courses, created a writing specialist instructor position to support students, and instituted awards to celebrate excellent student papers. The endowment also funds the Galen Scholar in Legal Writing, which supports the applied scholarship of an Oregon Law professor, and recently added the Galen Distinguished Guest program, which brings leaders and scholars in the legal writing profession to Oregon Law, including Prof. Melissa Weresh of Drake University Law School, and Prof. Mary Beth Beazley of the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, who will be lecturing in January. More information is available at: