Alumnus Donates $500,000
Cardozo Treasurer Receives Honorary Doctorate
Lautenberg Wins in NJ
Last June, Nate Kacew '98 gave Cardozo the largest gift ever received from a graduate, with the hope of seeing his vision of the Law School as a nationally recognized, first-rate institution become a reality. Nate believes that through participation and financial support of Cardozo, alumni can help the Law School achieve a national reputation, improve its programs and facilities, and have a superior student body and faculty.
Nate designated his generous gift to the building fund, helping to pay for renovations currently being completed. His timely contribution enabled the Law School to make some critical progress with regard to the physical plant. Nate also recognizes the need for annual unrestricted support of the Law School and encourages alumni to participate in the annual fund at the level they are able.
"Cardozo needs to offer students more scholarship funds, enhanced academic programs and opportunities, and a strong alumni network," says Nate. "We can achieve this if alumni are committed to helping the Law School succeed and actively contribute their time and money to ensure that Cardozo can meet its growing needs."
Nate was elected to Cardozo's Board of Directors, where he expects to find a platform to discuss fresh, new ideas that will help propel Cardozo forward. He has also volunteered his entrepreneurial expertise, looking forward to using his marketing and negotiating skills to benefit the institution. "Nate is just the type of person our Board is looking for," says Dean David Rudenstine. "He's a smart businessman offering his advice on how to make Cardozo stronger and an alumnus who wants to invest in his law school and see it thrive."
Nate came to Cardozo in 1995 after selling his corporation, The Corporate Presence. Complete with a three-year, no-compete clause, the final contract offered him the perfect opportunity to pursue a J.D--the educational challenge he passed up when he chose instead to pursue an MBA at Stern School of Business. Upon graduation from Cardozo, Nate took advantage of the dot-com craze in full swing at the time and started a new company, The Gifted Portfolio. As founder and CEO, he provides leadership for the boutique, mid-sized company, which works with financial institutions to promote and publicize their transactions.
Nate's reputation in the financial community is stellar. A
partial listing of his impressive roster of clients includes Goldman,
Sachs & Co., Wasserstein Perella and Co., Allen and Company,
Credit Suisse First Boston, and Lazard Freres. He has played a role in
some of the largest corporate mergers and acquisitions and financings
of the past two decades. "Having a law degree keeps me in-the-know with
regard to the many business decisions we face on a daily basis," says
Nate. "I am more aware of when I need a lawyer and when litigation
would be frivolous." Nate wants to see Cardozo be the best it can be
and he has committed to that goal with his generous support. His
dedication serves as a model for alumni, whose involvement will help
Cardozo achieve its ambitions and bring greater recognition to the Law
School as one of the best in the country.
Barry Shenkman talks with students
at a luncheon held for Jacob Burns Scholars.
Mr. Shenkman continues the philanthropic tradition begun by his grandfather, a founder of Cardozo and a chairman of the Board, who provided the vision and support for the establishment of the Jacob Burns Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, the Center for Ethics in the Practice of Law, the moot court room, and the merit scholarship fund, all named for him. Through Mr. Shenkman's leadership, this extraordinary partnership has grown. Most recently, the Jacob Burns Foundation provided major funding for the expansion of the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room. Mr. Shenkman was instrumental in creating the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, NY, a non-profit cultural arts center affiliated with the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Cardozo Board members toured the new
library after the December Board meeting.