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Daniel A. DeVito '87 and Gina DeVito Establish the Michael DeVito Memorial Intellectual Property Fund at St. John's Law

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Michael A. Simons, Dean and John V. Brennan, Professor of Law and Ethics, is pleased to announce that Daniel A. DeVito ’87 and his wife Gina DeVito of Rye, NY have donated $250,000 to establish the Michael DeVito Memorial Intellectual Property Fund at St. John’s Law. Michael was a graduate of Rye High School and a sophomore at Boston University when he unfortunately and unexpectedly passed away from a heart ailment.  

The fund will help the Law School launch its new Center for Intellectual Property Law this fall. This academic center will bring practitioners, scholars, and students together to explore important issues in IP law. It will also support research to promote forward thinking and socially responsible law and policy. Selected students will serve as Intellectual Property Fellows, contributing to the work of the center and helping to put on an annual conference.

The Michael DeVito Memorial Fund will also support the development of new, innovative courses in IP Law, and the hiring of prominent IP lawyers to serve as adjunct professors, making St. John’s Law a destination for students from the STEM disciplines considering a career in this dynamic field.  

Thus far, with assistance from Dan and Gina DeVito and other generous donors, the Law School has raised $1.1 million for this initiative. “I am deeply honored that the DeVito family has chosen St. John’s Law for this vital investment,” said Dean Simons. “Their gift is a remarkable testament to their commitment to St. John’s Law, and to their understanding of the importance of Intellectual Property Law. And their generosity will serve as a lasting tribute to their son, Michael. We are proud to play a part in sustaining his memory.”

Dan DeVito is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He has extensive experience litigating intellectual property cases, including complex high-technology patent cases, at both the trial and appellate level.

To learn more about the Michael DeVito Memorial Intellectual Property Fund at St. John’s Law, please contact Brian J. Woods, Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at [email protected] or (718) 990-5792.