Monday, October 1, 2012

By Lucianna Ciccocioppo

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law is delighted to announce today the largest gift to the law school to date: a generous $10-million lead gift to the Building Campaign from the Honourable Henry N. R. “Hal” Jackman, LLB 1956, a former Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, UofT Chancellor and long-time benefactor to Canada’s largest university. The $10-million gift to name the Jackman Law Building is in addition to a $1-million donation made at the time of the Campaign’s launch on November 29, 2011, bringing the total amount of Jackman’s gift to $11-million.

Jackman’s extraordinary donation brings the private fundraising total for the building to $32.5 million – more than 90 percent of our goal for the Building Campaign. Construction of the new building – a $54-million state-of-the art facility, which will be an architectural landmark for the University of Toronto – will commence in the summer of 2013.  

Mr. Jackman’s dedication to education, public service and the University of Toronto is remarkable, spanning more than half a century. A loyal and engaged alumnus, he has donated millions to various faculties and schools across the UofT campuses. “A great city such as Toronto deserves a great university,” says Jackman, “And we have it.”

Mayo Moran, Dean of the Faculty of Law, says: “Hal Jackman is one of the Faculty's most distinguished alumni, and we are very proud that our new building will bear his name.  He exemplifies the very best qualities of the Faculty of Law: a deep intellectual engagement with the law, a passion for excellence and an unwavering commitment to the public good.  His extraordinary generosity will transform our great law school and ensure that we offer the best legal education in the world, right here in Canada.”

Read more about the Faculty of Law’s Building Campaign here.

Photo: Nigel Dickson