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Murray H. Shusterman ’36 donates $1.1 million to endow the Shusterman Professorship in Transactional and Business Law

Temple Law School's rapidly expanding business law curriculum received a substantial boost when prominent Philadelphia business attorney and longtime Temple Law supporter Murray H. Shusterman '36 decided to underwrite an endowed chair in the area of law he practiced with demonstrable success during his long career with a $1.1 million gift.

Shusterman has practiced, taught, and excelled in the field of business and real estate law since graduating from Temple Law in 1936. This expression of Shusterman's commitment to the law school is only the most recent in a long list of contributions. "It is not an exaggeration to say that, without Murray Shusterman, Temple Law School could not have achieved its current level of excellence," says Dean JoAnne A. Epps. "His commitment and generosity have been an inspiration to all of us."

Shusterman's contributions to the law school are not only inspiring, they are unparalleled. For more than seventy years, Shusterman has been an integral part of Temple University and its law school. He began his long association with Temple as an undergraduate, graduating with honors in 1933. He went on to become a member of the law school's first day division class, where he edited the Temple Law Quarterly and graduated with honors in 1936. He left the Temple fold only briefly, to secure an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Before joining Fox Rothschild, Shusterman was a deputy city solicitor in Philadelphia and counsel for the Commission on Human Relations and for the City Council. He also served as vice president for the Philadelphia City Board of Health.

Murray Shusterman's contribution to Temple Law includes many years as an adjunct professor, teaching corporate and real estate law. He also served as president of the alumni association, as a member of the Law School Board of Visitors, and as a member of the University Board of Trustees. In 1959, the law school's first major fund-raising organization was founded. Murray Shusterman joined with a high-powered and determined group of Temple Law alumni that included Judge Charles Klein '21, Samuel Lander '31, and Judge Ethan Allen Doty '31 to form the Temple University Law Foundation. Years of dedication and diligent fundraising by the Law Foundation have increased its initial endowment of $50,000 to one currently worth nearly $3 million.

In 1981, when Temple Law faculty and students showed increasing interest in international study and research, Shusterman established The Murray H. Shusterman Israel- Temple Law School Exchange Program Fund. For 27 years, Temple Law conducted a summer study abroad program in Tel Aviv. Today, the fund enables students to spend a semester at Tel Aviv University. By the mid-90s, the law school was expanding and needed to enlarge its physical space beyond Klein Hall. In 1994, as tangible evidence of his devotion to the law school and to Temple University, Shusterman and his family gave one of the largest gifts to the law school at that time, a one million dollar gift towards the renovation of Park Hall, a historically certified English Gothic church located a block from the law school on Park Mall. The meticulously restored building opened officially in 1997 as Murray H. Shusterman Hall. Today the architecturally unique facility hosts conferences, symposia, and other formal gatherings.

In 2013, Shusterman's generosity took a new and creative turn when he announced his desire to contribute to the flourishing business law curriculum by endowing a chair. He explains it this way: "Lord Francis Bacon three centuries ago said, 'I hold every man a debtor to his profession.' Whatever progress I've made personally and professionally, I owe to a large extent to the excellent education I received at Temple undergraduate and law school."

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