University of New Mexico Law School Receives $2 Million Gift to Create Scholarship Funds

March 9, 2023 Community

In December 2022, the University of New Mexico Law School announced a generous philanthropic gift for scholarships. Attorney James Scherr, Sam J. Legate, and Daniel Anchondo collectively contributed $2 million to establish two endowed scholarship funds at the University of New Mexico School of Law. The first fund, The Cervantes Scherr Legate Isaac and Anchondo Scholarship Endowed Fund has an initial gift of $1.5 million and requires recipients to have a proven record of academic excellence and maintain a high GPA to remain eligible for the scholarship. The second fund, the Judge Sarah Singleton Endowed Scholarship Fund, has an initial gift of $500,000 and honors Judge Sarah Singleton, who was a respected and influential judge.

The donation was partly inspired by a wrongful death lawsuit against FedEx, which the attorneys prepared for at the UNM School of Law. Attorney James Sherr praised the law school’s faculty, stating that “the level of competence of the faculty is incomparable” and that the law school embodies the best of what law school can be.

Dean Camille Carey expressed gratitude for the attorneys’ generosity and stated that the scholarships represent a commitment to civil justice and honor Judge Sarah Singleton. The donation will help recruit talented law students and change the lives of many students for years to come.