Fordham Law

Fordham Law Receives $5.5 Million Estate Gift for Scholarships

May 03, 2010

Fordham Law alumnus Paul R. Brenner capped years of generosity to the School with an estate gift totaling $5.5 million. Brenner passed away in August 2009. His gift, which will support scholarships, brings the Law School’s fundraising campaign to more than $98 million of its $100 million goal.
"Scholarship are more important today than ever because they make it possible for the most deserving students to receive a Fordham Law education, said Dean William Michael Treanor. “Paul Brenner was an extraordinarily dedicated member of the Fordham Law community, and his contributions to the Law School will open the door to Fordham Law for generations of students. We are also grateful that his very generous gift moves us to the cusp of attaining our $100 million goal."
A 1967 graduate, Brenner served several terms on the Fordham Law Alumni Association Board of Advisors and was involved in the creation of two of the School’s signature programs. One, the Fordham-Stein Prize, was founded in 1975 and has become the honor roll of distinguished Americans whose dignified and dutiful careers in the law persuasively demonstrate the pervasive and positive contributions of the legal profession to American society. The other, the Fordham Corporate Law Institute, has evolved into the Fordham Competition Law Institute that for 35 years has organized one of the leading events in international antitrust and policy, the Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy.
In addition, Brenner was instrumental in setting up the law school’s National Scholars Program, which awards merit scholarship to deserving national candidates. His estate gift will augment the Paul R. Brenner Endowed Scholarship.
Brenner’s distinguished legal career encompassed both practice and teaching. In 1968, he joined the law firm of Kelley, Drye & Warren in its tax department. He was a Senior Tax Partner when he left the firm in 1996 to be Of Counsel at Salans, where he continued to work in taxation with entrepreneurs and private clients. Drawing on his professional experiences, he served as a lecturer in taxation at Fordham Law, NYU’s Institute on Tax and Business Planning, and the World Trade Institute. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Prague Law School lecturing on the Worldwide Conflict of Law Disciplines. He also served as Corporate Secretary, Counsel, and a Director of The Swiss Helvetia Fund, Inc., an investment firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange that deals in equity and equity-linked securities of Swiss companies.
Brenner exemplified the School’s motto, “In the Service of Others.” He was a longtime trustee of The Louis Calder Foundation, which has been supportive of Fordham Law School, most recently with a challenge gift supporting the Feerick Center for Social Justice. Brenner also was a Trustee of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, and of the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York, as well as a Director of the Highstead Arboretum in Redding, Connecticut. He also served in various capacities with the Archdiocese of New York and held leadership roles with the Church of Saint Joseph, Lawrence Hospital, and the Bronxville School Foundation.
After graduating with honors from Fordham Preparatory School in 1960, Brenner earned his undergraduate degree from Fordham College in 1964. He completed his J.D. at Fordham Law in 1967, where he made the Dean’s List and served on the Fordham Law Review, then earned an LL.M. in taxation at NYU School of Law. He was admitted to the Bar of New York; Florida; the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; the U.S. Tax Court; and the U.S. Supreme Court.