Our Story

The University of Texas Law School Foundation was founded in 1952 through the foresight and efforts of Charles I. Francis, Sylvan Lang, Angus G. Wynne, Hines Baker, Dan Moody, Robert E. Hardwick, and Hugh Lamar Stone. These visionary lawyers recognized the critical need for private support in order for the Law School to achieve its full potential. The charge of the Law School Foundation was, as it remains today, to further legal education, legal research, financial assistance to deserving students, and the overall mission of the Law School.

Dean Ward Farnsworth
Named Dean Ward Farnsworth, this longhorn steer owned by former Foundation Chair, John H. Massey, was named in honor of the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law. Although the steer has passed on, his head is now mounted and on display.

The Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the management of its invested endowed funds for the benefit of the Law School. The Foundation retains professional asset managers. A standing Investment Committee works with the Foundation’s selected professionals to monitor its assets and report to the Board of Trustees. As of the 2020 fiscal year-end, the Foundation’s assets exceeded $200 million. The Board also works in cooperation with The University of Texas Development Board and The University of Texas System for the advancement of the general welfare of the University of Texas.

An additional endowed fund, The John Charles Townes Foundation, is administered by the University of Texas for the benefit of the Law School. The fund’s assets, along with other University assets, are managed by The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO).

By agreement with The University of Texas, The Foundation’s office is located in the Law School and from time to time it utilizes the services of Law School staff for which it reimburses the Law School. The Foundation employs its own Executive Director and Business Operations Manager.