Francis King Carey School of Law
The University of Maryland named its law school the Francis King Carey School of Law in September 2011, in honor of the prominent alumnus and a $30 million donation from the W. P. Carey Foundation. Francis King Carey, an 1880 graduate of the Law School, was a legal and business pioneer in the community. He was the grandfather of Foundation Chairman Wm. Polk Carey, and President Francis J. Carey. The gift is the largest donation in the nearly 200-year old law school’s history and one of the largest in legal education.
Wm. Polk Carey said, “This gift honors both the outstanding work performed by the University of Maryland in preparing young people for careers in the law, and Carey family members who dedicated their lives and careers to education and civic duty and, for many, to the legal profession itself.” The funds will be used to recruit and retain faculty, support the law school’s clinical program and strengthen the school’s curriculum. Distinguished guests at the naming ceremony included Maryland Governor Martin J. O’Malley, U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Honorable Joseph D. Tydings.