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Delaware law firm makes $500,000 gift to School of Law

Widener Law is pleased to announce it has received a $500,000 gift that will endow an annual scholarship and award in corporate law.

The gift from Prickett, Jones & Elliott P.A. will create the William Prickett Corporate & Business Law Scholarship Fund. It will provide up to a year's tuition annually for one highly qualified law student who has demonstrated academic excellence in both corporate law and civil procedure. It will also provide an annual graduation prize for outstanding achievement in corporate law to a graduate who is preparing to take the Delaware Bar.

Prickett, Jones & Elliott, founded in 1888, is one of Delaware's most respected law firms. It handles complex corporate, alternative entity and business litigation in the Delaware Court of Chancery and other state and federal courts, and it advises clients from around the world on Delaware law.

Widener's Institute of Delaware Corporate and Business Law is one of the signature programs on the school's campus in Wilmington, Del. It offers students the chance to pursue a formal concentration in Delaware corporate law amid one of the world's foremost corporate legal environments.

"The law school is honored to have such a distinguished Delaware firm invest in our program and our students this way," Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. "Prickett, Jones & Elliott has played key roles in multiple landmark Delaware corporate law cases. Now the firm will play a key role in helping to educate the next generation of corporate law attorneys."

Ruby R. Vale Professor of Corporate and Business Law Lawrence A. Hamermesh, who directs the institute, thanked the firm for its generosity and for recognizing Widener Law with the gift.

"This generous donation will make a real difference in the lives of deserving students who come to Widener for our corporate law program," Hamermesh said. "It is a critical, fast-paced area of the law, and I look forward to seeing this gift create opportunities for students who have bright legal minds and an intense interest in the subject."

The gift honors William Prickett Jr., grandson of the firm's founder and the third member of the family at the firm. Mr. Prickett's longstanding association with Widener Law includes serving on the law school's Board of Overseers in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also a Widener Law parent; his son William L. Prickett graduated from the law school in 1989.

"We are pleased to create this endowment in honor of Bill Prickett," said Paul A. Fioravanti, Jr., the firm's managing director. "The scholarship and graduation award will continue Bill's legacy at Delaware's law school, and we are proud to support Widener's commitment to excellence in corporate law."