Million-dollar donation for new ACU legal institute

A leading Victorian barrister, Allan Myers, has donated $1 million for the establishment of a national chair of law at ACU National's new Institute of Legal Studies.

The Allan Myers Chair of Law, initially funded for a period of five years, will be based on ACU National's Melbourne Campus (St Patrick's) and will oversee the University's Institute of Legal Studies across its six campuses, an ACU National statement says.

ACU National Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Sheehan said it was fitting that the role would bear Mr Myers' name, given its combined focus on legal education and promoting social justice and ethical concerns.

"Allan Myers is one of Australia's most eminent lawyers and one of the legal profession's most generous figures. Allan, and his wife Maria, are renowned philanthropists and their patronage of the arts, medical research and education is well documented," Professor Sheehan said.

"ACU National is deeply grateful to Allan Myers for the funding of this Chair of Law. The role will provide stewardship of the University's Institute of Legal Studies and oversee its provision of postgraduate legal education, research and community engagement. It will also provide high-level legal scholarship and leadership," he said.

Mr Myers said the donation reflected his own belief in education and its potential to change lives.

"Education is one of the most effective ways to enrich and add meaning to life; it has certainly been a defining factor in my own career successes," he said.

A commercial law practioner, Mr Myers was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for service to philanthropy and business.

This month, he and his wife Maria were named Officers in the General Division of the Order of Australia for their active support and sponsorship of a range of significant causes.

The Institute of Legal Studies was established as a national initiative of ACU National, to foster professional education and to promote, in the Australian context, interdisciplinary studies in law with a focus on ethics, philosophy and theology.

The distinguished human rights lawyer Jesuit Fr Frank Brennan was appointed the Institute's Foundation Professor of Law.

ACU National will formally launch its Institute of Legal Studies with a rare Melbourne lecture by international human rights expert, Professor Cathleen Kaveny tonight.

ACU National welcomes $1 million donation to establish Chair of Law (ACU Media Release, 21/6/07)

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22 Jun 2007