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Ryerson receives $1 million donation in support of law scholarships

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 4:31 PM | By John Chunn


Ryerson University announced that the Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family Foundation has made a gift of $1 million in support of the Dale H. Lastman Leadership Scholarships for students in the Faculty of Law. The donation is the largest single gift to date to the soon-to-be named Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson which opened in September of 2020. 

According to a press release from the university, Larry Tanenbaum, chairman & CEO of Kilmer Group and chairman of MLSE, said “I am proud to support these scholarships, recognizing and encouraging excellence in Dale’s name. He is a fitting role model for emerging lawyers, and I hope that the Dale H. Lastman Leadership Scholarships bring his contributions to corporate law, teaching and philanthropic giving to the attention of our future lawyers.”

Dale Lastman is chair of Goodmans LLP, and is a director of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE). He and Tanenbaum have been friends and colleagues for many years.

Responding to news of the honour, Lastman said, “I am incredibly flattered and humbled. I'm very proud of what Ryerson Law is doing to transform legal education, and am excited to help share that impact more broadly with the next generation of lawyers.”

Donna E. Young, founding dean of Ryerson Law, said in the news release that “we are so appreciative of the generosity expressed by the Tanenbaum family — this gift will help our students to thrive in law school and equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to expand the reach of justice and innovate the legal profession itself. Milestone gifts such as this are helping chart a path for the kind of impact that Ryerson Law expects to achieve in building a more just society.”

The Dale H. Lastman Scholarships reward excellence and address financial need, recognizing law students for demonstrated leadership in areas such as community service, athletics or academics. Launching with awards for six students, the renewable scholarships will then be offered to three new students every year in perpetuity.