A significant gift from David A. Savner (L68) and his wife, Libby, to Northwestern University School of Law will allow the school to sustain instructional innovation in the classroom. The gift will help outfit a new state-of-the-art classroom and also create an endowed fund that will provide ongoing support to ensure that the new classroom stays current with evolving instructional technologies.
In recognition of the Savners’ important investment in this emerging area of legal education, the dedicated classroom will be named in their honor: David and Libby Savner Hall.
“When we considered making a gift to Northwestern Law, we became intrigued with contributing to new ways of learning in the law school setting,” said David Savner. “After discussions with Dean Rodriguez and Professors [Emerson] Tiller and [Leslie] Oster, the idea of creating a classroom and technologies geared to interactive and collaborative learning became very exciting to us. We look forward to seeing these ideas brought to fruition and actively used by the students.”
The Savners’ gift makes possible the construction of a new classroom dedicated to technology-based teaching solutions. Hardware and software upgrades to existing computers and audio/visual equipment, mobile LED screens, enhanced connectivity for on-line collaboration, and flexible seating for group work are planned for the collaborative workspace. The gift also provides ongoing funding for future technology upgrades to Savner Hall, as well as technical training for faculty and staff.
“This is a wonderful gift that will allow us to significantly improve our technology infrastructure,” said Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez. “The Savners’ gift will help us meet current needs for technology-based pedagogies and scale them up as needed in the years to come.”
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