Fall 2015


Recent Gifts: Fall 2015

Sabrina and Bruce Featherstone, ’77, of Franklin, Michigan, and Denver, have given $120,000 to establish the Bruce and Sabrina Featherstone Scholarship Fund at the Law School. Bruce is a longtime supporter of the Law School, and in 2011, he partnered with his Michigan Law classmate Robert Gorlin, ’77, to make a $1 million gift to the building project. Bruce is a founding partner of Featherstone DeSisto LLC, a Denver boutique specializing in complex civil litigation.

The Edward M. Nagel Foundation, of Eagle, Idaho, has made a $265,000 gift to the Law School to create the Edward M. Nagel Foundation Scholarship. The gift will be matched at 25 percent through the Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support. The foundation was established by Edward M. Nagel in 1992 to assist economically disadvantaged young people who are motivated to get an education, with a business interest broadly defined. Melvyn I. Mark, ’59, is a past president of the foundation’s board of directors.

Jay Soave, BSE ’98, JD ’01, of New York, has made a $50,000 gift to the University of Michigan, split evenly between the Athletic Department and the Law School. The Law School’s portion of the gift will benefit the Victors for Michigan Scholarship, which was established in 2014 by anonymous donors as a special opportunity for other donors to collectively support the Law School’s top campaign priority. Jay is a managing director in the tax group at Tishman Speyer LP.

Ronald J. Werhnyak, ’75, of Saline, Michigan, recently gave $150,000 to the University of Michigan, of which $100,000 will go to the Law School to establish the Werhnyak Family Endowed and Expendable Scholarship Funds. The remaining $50,000 will be added to the family’s scholarship fund in the Athletic Department. Ronald is making this gift in honor of his wife, Janet; their daughter Larissa Werhnyak, ’05, and their daughter Anya, who died of cancer at the age of eight. The Werhnyak family establishes these scholarships in Anya’s memory, with the hope that it will assist students who, like Anya, faced challenging circumstances in their lives.