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Kirkland & Ellis to announce $5M gift to Dillard University

Dillard University’s Center for Racial Justice to receive $5 million gift from Kirkland & Ellis 

NEW ORLEANS — Kirkland & Ellis has announced that Dillard University’s Center for Racial Justice will receive a $5 million gift to create an endowment to fund paid internships at various civil rights and public interest organizations. The official announcement will be made at 5 p.m., November 18 at Michael & Shaun Jones Hall (formerly DUICEF). 

Dillard is among seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), nonprofits and community organizations that will receive a total of $12.5 million. The entities that are receiving donations share a common mission to advance racial justice, equity and civil rights. The funds being donated were statutory fees awarded to Kirkland & Ellis by the state of Maryland as a part of its landmark $577 million settlement with a coalition of students, faculty and alumni of its four public HBCUs. For 12 years, Kirkland represented the coalition on a pro bono basis, alongside the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. 

Dillard alumnus, Michael D. Jones, Esq., is Kirkland’s first Black partner.

The announcement will be made during the dedication of Michael & Shaun Jones Hall and before the 7 p.m. Justice Revius O. Ortique Jr. Lecture on Law and Society where the speaker will be Kristen Clarke, assistant attorney general for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Justice.