$1 Million Endows Professorship at George Mason

Posted: January 27, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniel Walsch

A $1 million commitment to the School of Law from the National Rifle Association Foundation will create and endow the Patrick Henry Professorship of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment. This new position will be filled by Nelson Lund, professor of law and nationally recognized expert on constitutional law.

“This professorship will be dedicated to exploring the ideas and impact of the Second Amendment,” says President Alan Merten. “The ability to think critically is the traditional goal of a college education and has never been more crucial. Private support has made a critical difference in helping to fund faculty chairs and professorships throughout the entire university, enabling us to attract the best and brightest minds. This appointment will stimulate timely debate on important constitutional issues.”

Lund has written widely in the field of Constitutional law, worked as a law clerk for the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court, and served in the White House as associate counsel to the president from 1989 to 1992. Since joining George Mason’s law faculty, he has taught Constitutional law, legislation, federal election law, employment discrimination, state and local government, and a seminar on the Second Amendment.

Faculty endowment to secure and retain outstanding teachers and researchers is one of the top priorities of The Campaign for George Mason University, which seeks to raise more than $110 million in private support by June, 2005. To date, nearly $89 million has been raised. In addition to faculty endowment, other campaign priorities include faculty research and project support, student scholarships and services, facilities support, community outreach, and unrestricted support.

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