The Philanthropic Achievement of the Week will highlight significant historical philanthropic achievements throughout history that showcase the wide-reaching impact of private charitable giving. This week’s spotlight is below:
1921: Carnegie Enhances Legal Education
Seeking to repeat this feat in legal education, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching initiated two critiques of American law schools. These, along with promptings from Elihu Root, a prominent lawyer and Carnegie trustee, caused the American Bar Association to endorsed higher standards of training. The ABA also partnered with the American Association of Law Schools to form the American Law Institute, which used $2.1 million of Carnegie funding to create accessible archives of the authoritative interpretations of U.S. law. ALI became the leading curator of court decisions and assisted in the development of the U.S. Uniform Commercial Code.
- Duke case study, cspcs.sanford.duke.edu/sites/default/files/descriptive/reforming_the_legal_profession.pdf
- Photo by Penn State / Flickr. Lee S. Shulman, president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, gives a commencement speech.