Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone Donates $10 Million to Harvard Law School

Dean Martha Minow and Tommy Lee Jones pose with Sumner Redstone as Harvard Law School hosts a reception in Beverly Hills, CA in honor of Mr. Sumner Redstone's $10 Million endowment to the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowships in Public Service on Thursday, January 9, 2014.(Alex J. Berliner/ABImages).

Dean Martha Minow and Tommy Lee Jones pose with Sumner Redstone as Harvard Law School hosts a reception in Beverly Hills, CA in honor of Mr. Sumner Redstone’s $10 Million endowment to the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowships in Public Service on Thursday, January 9, 2014.(Alex J. Berliner/ABImages).

Harvard University honored Mr. Redstone last week for his $10 million donation to Harvard Law School towards the Sumner M. Redstone Fellowships in Public Service. The gift, the largest ever made to Harvard Law School (HLS) for public service, will fund HLS students who work in the public interest after graduation. 

Redstone’s $1 million gift in 2010 allowed HLS to establish the first ten Redstone Fellows, who provided legal services to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

Thanking Mr. Redstone, Law School Dean Martha L. Minow presented him with a full size commemorative chair. “The work of the first Redstone Fellows had an immediate and profound impact in the lives of those they helped,” Minow said in the donation announcement. “Now, thanks to Sumner’s transformational new gift, we can look forward to even greater accomplishments from future generations of Redstone Fellows.”

On hand to celebrate with Mr. Redstone was fellow Harvard alum Tommy Lee Jones. Mr. Redstone graduated from Harvard Law School in 1947.

In announcing the gift, Mr. Redstone said, “The need for public service today is greater than ever, demanding innovation and progress to make a fundamental impact. As a graduate of the College and the Law School, I’ve experienced firsthand the academic excellence, as well as the spirit of civic and social responsibility that Harvard fosters in its students… It is my hope that the Redstone Fellows will continue to put their intellectual tools to the best possible use in building a better world.”

The gift was made through the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, which has donated over $170 million to charitable causes around the world, including the Boston University School of Law, USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Global Poverty Project.

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