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HARVARD LAW SCHOOL TO ESTABLISH REGINALD F. LEWIS INTERNATIONAL LAW CENTER AS CORNERSTONE OF SCHOOL'S INTERNATIONALIZATION

 HARVARD LAW SCHOOL TO ESTABLISH REGINALD F. LEWIS INTERNATIONAL
 LAW CENTER AS CORNERSTONE OF SCHOOL'S INTERNATIONALIZATION
 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Robert C. Clark today announced that Harvard Law School has established the Reginald F. Lewis International Law Center which will serve as the foundation for the school's increasing internationalization. The center, which will house the core international program at Harvard Law, is to be funded by a $3 million grant from the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, a charitable organization endowed entirely by Lewis' personal contributions.
 Dean Clark said the grant from Lewis, Class of '68, is the largest gift to date from any individual in the 175-year history of Harvard Law School.
 "In Mr. Lewis' career as an entrepreneur and lawyer and in his generous philanthropy over the years, he personifies everything for which the law school stands," said Dean Clark. "After he made known his intention to make a major gift, the school decided to honor his contributions to the world and to the Harvard Law School with this designation. Mr. Lewis has a vision of Harvard Law School's role in the world which we share. His unprecedented gift will allow us to build upon our existing strengths in international legal research and education and help us sustain the law school's preeminence in this field in the decades ahead."
 The Lewis Center will serve as home to the school's Graduate Legal Studies Program as well as the base for almost 200 students from all over the world who study at Harvard Law School each year. The school's renowned international library collection, which attracts scores of scholars from many countries, is also located there.
 In addition to establishing the Lewis Center, which is the first major facility at Harvard University named in honor of an African American, a portion of the grant will create the Reginald F. Lewis Fund for international study and research. This fund will be used for faculty research, visiting lectureships, graduate study and related activities including fellowships for students from the Third World and summer internships of Harvard Law students in Third World organizations.
 In his letter bestowing the grant, Lewis said, "I am particularly hopeful that the gift will help the school expand and accelerate its efforts in faculty diversity and other areas."
 The grant's provisions call for the creation of a faculty committee to be chaired by Professor Christopher Edley to advise Dean Clark on the distribution of a portion of the gift.
 Through his foundation, Lewis has been a long-time supporter of charitable causes. In addition to the Harvard gift, the foundation has donated approximately $4 million in the last four years to a wide range of institutions in this country and around the world, including a $1 million gift to Howard University.
 Lewis is chairman and chief executive officer of TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc. He currently serves as a member of the Law School Visiting Committee and of the executive committee for the Campaign for Harvard Law School.
 The campaign is a five-year effort, unprecedented in legal education, to raise $150 million to expand and diversify the faculty, maintain and renovate the existing physical plant, modernize the library facilities and care for its treasures, internationalize the curriculum, boost the clinical programs, and improve the student financial aid and low income protection plan programs.
 The $3 million grant from Lewis is the largest gift received thus far from any individual as part of the law school's campaign and brings the current total to $72.6 million. The campaign is approximately three times as large as any American law school campaign that has ever been completed.
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