$1 million donation funds position at NKU Chase College of Law

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Calling it an extension of their commitment to justice and fairness, David and Nancy Wolf have contributed a $1 million gift to Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law to fund a faculty chair in legal ethics and professionalism.

The David and Nancy Wolf Chair in Ethics and Professional Identity is the first endowed faculty position in the history of the 129-year-old law school. Mr. Wolf, whose career has focused on real estate development, is a 1965 graduate of Chase.

“The Wolfs’ generous gift will assure generations of law students have access to faculty and other experts devoted to seeking justice and equity through law,” said Judith Daar, the Ambassador Patricia L. Herbold Dean at Chase College of Law. “At Chase, we share their faith in legal education to instill core ethical values and a sense of professional identity in tomorrow’s leaders.”

The Wolfs are widely recognized in Cincinnati philanthropy through the Nancy and David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center at the Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Nancy and David Wolf Gallery of the Cincinnati Art Museum, which displays rotating collections of art that they have donated to the museum.

Their funding of the David and Nancy Wolf Chair in Ethics and Professional Identity enables the law school to expand education in the areas of ethical conduct, social justice and reflect the Wolfs’ long-held commitment to those causes, an announcement said.

“Lawyers play a significant role in shaping a just society,” Mr. Wolf said. “My experience at Chase gives me confidence our gift will help educate and inspire generations of attorneys to embrace the highest ethical standards in their professional endeavors.”

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In addition to establishing the Wolf Chair, the gift will also support other aspects of the law school’s programming related to ethics and professionalism. This includes enhancements to pro bono and public interest service by Chase students, as well as training in diversity, equity, inclusion, recruitment of an ethicist-in-residence and development of lectureships in ethics and professional responsibility.

“We are grateful for the generosity and support of the Wolfs for our Chase College of Law,” said NKU President Ashish Vaidya.

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