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NU alum, wife donate $1 million to School of Law

Shane McKeon, Assistant Campus Editor

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Two donors gave $1 million to the School of Law to expand its international outreach efforts, the University announced Friday.

The gift from Chris Combe (Weinberg ’70), an NU trustee, and his wife Courtney will support the Access to Health Project, a program in which NU faculty and students help aid community development around the world.

Daniel Rodriguez, the dean of the School of Law, said the couple continue to show their longstanding support for the University.

“The Access to Health program is an impactful program, and this gift will help expand its reach,” he said in a news release. “That’s a tremendous benefit for Northwestern students and for communities around the world.”

The donation will also fund two new fellowships, one of which allows a Law School graduate to do field work internationally.

Law Prof. Juliet Sorensen, one of the Access to Health Project’s founders, said the gift will allow NU to provide a unique opportunity for new lawyers.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for young attorneys interested in pursuing careers in health and human rights law,” she said in the release. “There just aren’t that many post-graduate fellowships that support international public service work. I’m delighted we are able to offer this opportunity to our students.”

The gift brings the couple’s total contribution to the “We Will” campaign to $18.1 million.

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