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The Value of Friendship

gift in mone's name funds scholarships

A friendship is at the root of a $250,000 gift to the Law School that supports students in financial need. The donor, Robert A. Clifford of Chicago, did not attend BC Law. But Michael Mone of Boston, a fellow trial lawyer and the scholarship fund’s namesake, did.

And therein lies their philanthropic tale.

The friends, both members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, have known each other for decades. They have never been adversaries in court, but they have both worked to uphold the good name of their field, which Clifford says is often impugned. “He’s a guy who shows the community how capable, qualified, and honorable lawyers can be who are representing victims of personal injury cases,” says Clifford.

A long-time supporter of education, Clifford faced a decision when his second daughter was graduating from Boston College. Having once given to a school where he felt his gift had fallen “into a black hole,” Clifford says he was looking “for the best way to give meaning” to a gift to his daughter’s alma mater.

That’s when he hit upon the idea of the Michael E. Mone ’67 Endowed Scholarship Fund. He says he thought if he targeted a donation to the Law School in the name of his friend, it would give it that special meaning.

“I’m very grateful that Bob Clifford has made such a generous gift to support Law School students,” says Mone ’67. Bob’s friendship has meant a great deal to me. He is one of the finest trial lawyers in the US, and for him to honor me, and much more importantly, for him to support law students of the future at BC with an endowed scholarship is extraordinary.”

Clifford is pleased to honor in this way a colleague he holds in such high esteem. “Mike’s reputation in the legal community is exemplary,” he says. “It’s as high as a lawyer could ever hope to achieve.”

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