Harvard Law School Celebrates Sumner Redstone’s $10 Million Donation

Viacom and CBS executive chairman gave his alma mater the largest public service grant in its history

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Tommy Lee Jones pose with Sumner Redstone
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On Jan. 9, Harvard Law School celebrated Sumner Redstone’s $10 million donations to his alma mater — the largest public service grant the school has ever received. Dean Martha Minow, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman and Par’s Brad Grey were in attendance at the Beverly Hills fete.

The Viacom and CBS executive chairman established the fellowship in 2010 with a $1 million gift. The fund supports students committed to the public service sector. Past fellows have provided legal services to people unable to otherwise afford aid.

“The need for public service today is greater than ever, demanding innovation and progress to make a fundamental impact,” Redstone said. “As a graduate of the College and the Law School, I’ve experienced firsthand the academic excellence, as well as the spirit of civic and social responsibility that Harvard fosters in its students.”

The Boston native graduated from Harvard Law in 1947 and lectured there frequently for decades. The media mogul has lent a hand to other universities as well. He also donated $10 million to USC’s School of Cinematic Arts last year and gifted $18 million to Boston University’s School of Law in 2012.

(Pictured: Dean Martha Minow, Tommy Lee Jones and Sumner Redstone)