A new law scholarship honors the ongoing legacy of the Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75


The Syracuse University College of Law is pleased to announce the establishment of the Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75 Law Scholarship Endowed with a generous gift from Syracuse University Trustee and College of Law Member Richard M. Alexander L’82, Partner at Arnold & Porter, and his wife Emily.

Justice McKee and Chancellor Kent Syverud (right) at the opening of the College of Law on May 6.

The scholarship announcement on behalf of Judge McKee, Administrator of University Life at Syracuse and honorary member of the College of Law Board of Advisors, took place at the college’s commencement ceremony on May 6, in front of the Class of 2022 and Justice McKee’s family, including several of his court clerks.

The deputy. Theodore A. McKee The 75 Endowed Law Scholarship will provide Syracuse law students with the educational and cultural context to continue the legacy of Justice McKee, who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for over 27 years.

“This scholarship honors a legend of the College of Law and one of its greatest pioneers, who as a jurist has earned praise for his fairness, compassion, and incisive questions from the bench, and whose public service is based on a deep concern for social justice. said Dean Craig M. Boise. “The Alexanders’ generous donation ensures that Justice McKee’s legacy is enshrined in the college and that on his behalf, we can assist and inspire students whose backgrounds and experiences will bring diverse perspectives to the college and the practice of law.”

Justice McKee graduated from the College of Law in 1975 magna cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif and the Justinian Honorary Law Society. He began his legal career in private practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before entering public service as Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He later served as assistant city attorney for Philadelphia, a lecturer at Rutgers Law School, and general counsel for the Philadelphia Parking Authority.

Justice McKee first took office in 1984 at the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. After a decade of service, he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President William J. Clinton in 1994, receiving his confirmation and commission later that same year. Justice McKee served as the court’s chief justice from 2010 to 2016.

Regarding the scholarship, Richard and Emily Alexander said, “We are delighted to be able to honor Justice McKee’s distinguished service to our country, his commitment to social justice, and his passion for Syracuse University by supporting scholarships for deserving law school students. .”

Upon hearing the news of the Alexanders’ donation, Justice McKee said, “I am humbled beyond words by the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Alexander family in endowing a scholarship in my honor. The legal education I received from Syracuse University has allowed me to rival graduates from any law school in the country, and I am so grateful that this scholarship helps me give back to the university that has done so much for me.

For more information or to contribute to the Hon. Theodore A. McKee L’75 Law Scholarship, please contact Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Affairs Sophie Dagenais at 315.443.1964 or [email protected]


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