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Hales Give Law School Generous Gift

"Our way of giving back" is how James T. Hale (class of 1965) refers to the $500,000 gift he and his wife, Sharon, decided to give to the Law School this summer.

After distinguishing himself at the Law School, graduating summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, he went on to build a distinguished career. He clerked on the U.S. Supreme Court for Chief Justice Earl Warren, headed mergers and acquisitions at General Mills, practiced law at Faegre & Benson, and retired from Target Corporation as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary.

The Hales' gift commitment is unrestricted. They leave its use up to the discretion of the Law School, rendering the gift exceptionally timely and valuable for a school that is deeply engaged in exploring and re-defining its academic mission and role in society.

Interim Co-Deans Fred Morrison and Guy-Uriel Charles look forward to reporting exciting progress regarding dramatic curriculum transformation, faculty hires to strengthen the school's eminence in specific areas of the law, and other strategic objectives made closer to reality by the Hales' gift.

"It is inspiring and humbling to be entrusted with a gift of this magnitude," says Charles. "Receiving such a thoughtful contribution from people for whom we have enormous respect engenders a profound sense of commitment in the entire faculty."

Jim is widely known in legal and business circles for his leadership and expertise on matters of legal and business ethics, professional responsibility, and pro bono legal services. He has been a devoted supporter of the University of Minnesota, serving in leadership and volunteer roles at the Law School and the Carlson School of Management. He taught for several years as an adjunct professor at the Law School and has been a frequent lecturer at the Carlson School.

The Hales have promoted nonprofit, civic, and cultural organizations around the area for decades, including the Fund for Legal Aid Society, Children's Theatre Company, Twin Cities Public Television, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Stages Theatre, Minnesota Historical Society, and Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.

Jim and Sharon have two sons, David and Eric; a daughter, Kristin Parrish; and six grandchildren.

The students, faculty, and alumni of the Law School deeply appreciate their generosity and say thank you, Jim and Sharon!

Jim and Sharon Hale