has announced a $5 million bequest from the estate of alumna Dawn Clark Netsch, the first female faculty member at its .
The gift will be used to endow the Walter and Dawn Clark Netsch Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial aid for law students interested in pursuing careers in public interest law, as well as loan repayment assistance for law school graduates working in the field of public interest law. The bequest also includes three works from the modern art collection assembled by Netsch and her husband, architect Walter Netsch, most notably "Wallpaper With Blue Floor Interior," by Roy Lichtenstein.
Netsch graduated from Northwestern Law in 1952 and became its first female faculty member in 1965. She was elected to the Illinois state senate in 1970 and served for eighteen years, representing the 13th and then the 14th districts. She was elected comptroller in 1990, becoming the first woman to hold statewide office in Illinois, and won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1994. She died in 2013 of Lou Gehrig's disease at the age of 86.
"Dawn was a mentor to many generations of Northwestern Law students," said Northwestern Law dean Daniel B. Rodriguez. "It was very important to her that students with a passion for public service be able to pursue those types of careers."