Winter 2019


Lisa and Christopher Jeffries, ’74, Commit $33 Million to Michigan Law for Student Support

Lisa and Christopher Jeffries
Lisa and Christopher Jeffries

Lisa and Chris Jeffries, ’74, have committed $33 million to the Law School, with the entirety of the gift dedicated to student support, including scholarships and other forms of financial aid, summer funding programs, and debt management.

The gift is the largest in the Law School’s history in real dollars and among the largest to a law school in the United States.

“We are deeply grateful for Lisa and Chris’s transformational gift. Their generosity is particularly meaningful because it directly supports our students, who are the heart of our mission,” said Mark West, dean and Nippon Life Professor of Law. “The Jeffries’s support also reflects one of Michigan Law’s greatest strengths: the passion and generosity of our alumni community.”

By approval of the U-M Board of Regents at its December meeting, the Law School’s South Hall—opened in 2012—was named Jeffries Hall.

“Law school is a unique way of disciplining your mind, and my time at Michigan was formative and memorable,” says Jeffries. “I’m especially interested in paying the way forward for students who lack financial resources, and this gift will allow them to have opportunities and experiences they otherwise wouldn’t be able to.”

The Jeffries’s total lifetime giving commitment amounts to more than $40 million. Their previous gifts include $5 million toward the building of South Hall in 2007 and $2.5 million to support the establishment of the Law School’s 1L Summer Funding Program in 2015.

Jeffries is a philanthropist and co-founder of Millennium Partners, a real estate development company with a portfolio of core, urban, and landmark mixed-use living and entertainment properties in gateway cities throughout the United States.

After obtaining his law degree, Jeffries was a partner in the Southfield, Michigan, law firm of Keywell & Rosenfeld and then a principal in the leveraged buyout of Key Inter-national Inc., a major metal recycling and automotive equipment manufacturing business in the Midwest.

The Jeffries reside in Miami.

The gift contributed to the Victors for Michigan Law campaign, which closed at the end of 2018 in excess of its $200 million goal.—MR