San Diego community leader Elaine Galinson has gifted California Western $50,000 in additional support for the Murray L. Galinson Scholarship Endowment.
The scholarship was established in honor of former California Western professor and board member Murray Galinson, who passed away in January 2013. Galinson was a friend and mentor to countless California Western faculty, students, and alumni for over four decades. He helped shape the law school during some of its most transformative years, working together with five consecutive law school deans.
Together with his wife, Elaine, Galinson helped to build bonds between the law school and San Diego’s civic, business, and philanthropic communities. The couple’s generosity to California Western included their philanthropic leadership during the law school’s New Library Fund Campaign, as well as their participation in other fundraising campaigns over the years.
The Murray L. Galinson Scholarship is awarded annually to high-achieving upper-division California Western students who have overcome adversity and have shown a commitment to serving their community. Consideration is given to students with minority or financially disadvantaged backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. The scholarship is awarded each year as part of California Western’s Diversity Scholarship Program.
Murray Galinson moved to San Diego with Elaine in 1970 to teach at California Western. He served as president of the San Diego National Bank for 25 years and was a founding partner of La Jolla MJ Management Company, a privately held real estate investment firm.
Acknowledging this donation, California Western’s new President and Dean Sean Scott said that this represented an important gift to the law school’s students with far-reaching effects.
“This wonderfully generous gift will enable us to provide much-needed additional assistance to students who have a strong desire to serve their communities and have persevered through especially difficult circumstances in their pursuit to do so. Our thanks go out to Elaine Galinson and her family for continuing to support the law school.”