March 27, 2012
Dave Fields, university dean and special counsel to the chancellor, has bequeathed $1 million to CUNY School of Law. The funds will be used equally to support student scholarships and faculty and staff development.
“Dave’s generosity, through this gift, will have an enormous impact on our ability to provide critical financial support to students and faculty alike,” said CUNY Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson.
Fields has been devoted to the Law School since before its founding. He was the staff director of the Queens President’s Advisory Commission for the establishment of the “University School of Law at Queens College,” as it was then conceived. He was responsible for many of the behind-the-scenes work to found the nation’s first law school devoted exclusively to public interest law. In addition to his role as university dean, Fields also serves as parliamentarian on the faculty and is a very special advocate for CUNY Law.
When asked about his decision to leave this gift to the Law School, Fields said, “Now is the time to support public interest law training. Now is the time to help our students, faculty, and staff work to improve the world.”
In 2002, Fields earned a Dean’s Medal for his support of the Law School. As a result of his extraordinary bequest, the auditorium in the Law School’s new building at 2 Court Square will be named the Fields Auditorium.