Attorney Bestows $50 Million Gift on Drexel

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Attorney Thomas R. Kline donated $50 million to Drexel University, which renamed its law school in his honor.

Prominent attorney Thomas Kline has made a $50 million gift to Drexel University’s law school, which has been renamed the Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Kline’s donation includes the Beneficial Saving Fund Society Building in Center City, now to be home of the Thomas R. Kline Institute of Trial Advocacy of the Kline School of Law.

Kline is a founding partner with Shanin Specter of the law firm of Kline & Specter, which has etched out a national reputation for its success in handling catastrophic injury cases.


Kline’s awards and honors are many: A past president of the national Inner Circle of Advocates, Kline has been hailed as one of the top 500 attorneys in the nation by Lawdragon and is a member of the National Law Journal “Hall of Fame.” He has been a longtime choice for tops in his field in Pennsylvania, according to Super Lawyers, and was recently accorded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Legal Intelligencer.

Among his Jewish communal activities, Kline is a foundation board member of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society. He and law partner Specter also have been longtime supporters of the Perelman Jewish Day School.

Kline also served as chair of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for over a decade.

His commitment to Drexel’s law school is reflected in his post as chair of its advisory board. And his dedication to legal education also has been at the forefront of his concerns — he has been influential nationally in advocating trial advocacy education for law students.

According to a statement released by John Fry, Drexel president, Kline's "commitment to Drexel will carry great significance for lawyers across America. This milestone reflects the outstanding and tireless work of the law faculty and professional staff, led by founding Dean Roger Dennis, over the school’s eight-year history, and Tom’s association with the law school from its founding.”

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