Generous gift will benefit future law students

The Toronto law firm of Bogoroch & Associates has made a $50,000 gift to Osgoode Hall Law School at York University that will help open the world of legal education to a student with limited financial resources.

Beginning in the fall of 2004 the Bogoroch & Associates Renewable Entrance Award – one of Osgoode’s largest and most prestigious term awards – will provide one entering student with $8,325, which is renewable throughout the student’s three years of study.

Left: Richard Bogoroch

“Osgoode is grateful to Richard Bogoroch and the law firm of Bogoroch & Associates for this new entrance award,” said Patrick Monahan, dean of Osgoode Hall Law School. “Their generosity will ensure that a student with good academic standing who faces financial obstacles has the opportunity to realize his or her potential. We are proud to be associated with a firm that shares our commitment to accessibility and excellence in legal education.”

                                                                     Right: Patrick Monahan

Bogoroch & Associates is a Toronto law firm specializing in personal injury and medical malpractice litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. Founder Richard Bogoroch, who received his law degrees from McGill University in 1978 and 1979 (BCL, LLB), hopes the gift will benefit exceptional students who might not otherwise have a chance to go to law school.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege of a legal education, and hope that through our gift deserving students can enjoy the blessings and benefits of a legal career,” said Bogoroch.

An active volunteer, Bogoroch regularly gives back to the community through his firm’s charitable giving program and through work with various organizations.

                                                                    Right: Paul Marcus

“I’ve known Richard for many years as a dedicated community volunteer and friend,” says Paul Marcus, president & CEO of the York University Foundation. “I have always admired his commitment to helping others and was delighted when he expressed interest in making a gift to help our students at Osgoode.”

Admission standards at Osgoode Hall Law School are extremely high. Application rates have increased by 20 per cent over the past three years, with 290 students out of 2,000 applicants gaining admission during 2003-2004. More than 80 per cent of all awards at Osgoode are needs-based.