Giving to Retain Talented Faculty
Class of 1975 Professorship
The Class of 1975 Endowed Professorship, established by the Class of 1975 as its 25-year reunion gift to the School of Law, recognizes and rewards teaching, leadership and academic accomplishments. A committee of volunteers from the class spearheaded the reunion gift campaign with generous donations of their own and diligent follow-up with classmates to reach the endowment goal. This rotating professorship is typically held by a law faculty member for two consecutive academic years. Professor Ed Ursin was the first faculty member to be named the Class of '75 Professor.
Price Chair in Public Interest Law
In 1990, San Diego philanthropists Sol and Helen Price contributed $1.5 million to USD to establish the Price Chair in Public Interest Law, an endowed faculty chair held by Professor Robert C. Fellmeth, founder of USD's Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL). Founded in 1980, CPIL serves as an academic center of research, learning and advocacy in administrative law; teaches direct lawyering skills in public interest law; represents the interests of the disadvantaged or underrepresented in state regulatory proceedings; and attempts to make the regulatory functions of state government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state agencies.
Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching
In 1995, law school alumnus Michael T. Thorsnes '68 established the Thorsnes Prize, which is awarded each year to a law faculty member for excellence in teaching. The faculty recipient of the award is selected by a majority vote of upper division law students.