The Hilton Foundation recently delivered a check for $1 million in fulfillment of a challenge grant made at the beginning of the campaign for the construction of Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. In order to receive the funds, the university was obligated to raise $15 million for the building from other sources, a goal that was recently reached. The challenge was instrumental in attracting additional funding for the SOLES building, which has quickly become an integral part of the campus. The university is grateful to the many foundations, individuals, corporations, trustees, alumni, friends, faculty and staff who helped make the new building a reality.
David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute, was awarded a $300,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The two-year award will allow the institute to continue its international collaborations with entities south of the border. Additionally, the grant will generate new research to promote the successful implementation of justice reforms in Mexico.
School of Law faculty member Frank Partnoy has been appointed to the newly created George E. Barrett Professorship in Law and Finance. The professorship honors Nashville, Tenn., attorney George E. Barrett, senior partner at Barrett, Johnston & Parsley. Beginning in the late 1950s, Barrett was an advocate for those facing legal difficulties because of their involvement in the civil rights movement. Established through a gift from an anonymous donor, the professorship recognizes an outstanding USD law faculty member with a demonstrated interest in protecting investors, consumers, workers or others from fraud or other abuses of power. Partnoy is a nationally recognized scholar and expert on topics related to financial market regulation.