UB law school gets $1 million gift from alumnus

May 22, 2000|By Michael Hill | Michael Hill,SUN STAFF

The University of Baltimore announced a gift of $1 million from Steven L. Snyder yesterday, the third-largest gift in the history of the school.

The money will go to the university's law school to underwrite the Steven L. Snyder Center for Litigation Skills, which will focus on the courtroom arena where Snyder has made himself one of Baltimore's wealthiest attorneys.

"It's a wonderful gift from a long-term and committed supporter of the school," said law school Dean John Sebert. "The new center will build on the law school's strong expertise right now in teaching litigation skills."

The announcement was made at the law school commencement at the Lyric Theatre, where 266 degrees were awarded, including one to Snyder's son Michael. Snyder, the commencement speaker, received an honorary doctor of law degree.

"I graduated from the University of Baltimore Law School 30 years ago, almost to the day," said Snyder, 53, before the ceremony. "I have had a lot of good fortune, and I wanted to give something back to the legal community."

A plaintiff's attorney who began with medical malpractice cases, Snyder has more recently won a number of business litigation cases, most notably a $185 million settlement last year from the Ernst and Young accounting firm over its role in the bankruptcy of the Merry-Go-Round clothing chain.

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