Gibbons and Seton Hall Law School Create the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology


April 27, 2007

Gibbons is proud to announce it has endowed $1 million to the Seton Hall University School of Law to establish the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology. This gift, which is among the largest donations to a law school by a New Jersey law firm, will provide funding to assist the law school in educating and training the next generation of attorneys in the technology and scientific communities.

David E. De Lorenzi, Chair of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, will serve as Chair of the Gibbons Institute. The creation of this institute marks the next chapter for Gibbons’ nationally recognized IP practice and the firm’s continued focus on providing a full compliment of legal services to the life science, telecommunications, and other technology-based industries. The institute will draw upon the experience and knowledge of the Gibbons Intellectual Property Department, which today has more than 45 attorneys practicing nationwide.

The Gibbons Institute will serve as a forum for lawyers, judges, scientists and government officials to discuss the legal, political and social problems that will continue to arise as scientific and technological changes challenge existing laws and legal institutions. The firm is in the company of prominent pharmaceutical companies such as Schering-Plough Corporation, sanofi-aventis, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb, which have designated an additional $8.1 million in corporate gifts for the establishment of The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law.

“As the home of more than 50 Seton Hall Law alumni and many professors at the school, we are proud to help form the Gibbons Institute,” stated Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., Managing Director of Gibbons. “While $1 million is a substantial gift, we felt it important to demonstrate leadership in the academic arena while further reinforcing Gibbons’ commitment to the City of Newark – the home of Gibbons’ headquarters and Seton Hall Law School.”

With the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Seton Hall Law School will have the capability to train professionals in health and intellectual property law and advance its J.D. and M.S.J. degrees to better meet the needs of industries facing cutting edge technological and associated legal challenges. The Institute will also allow the university to introduce an LL.M. degree in intellectual property law and support special events, lectures and communications efforts.