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George Madison

George Madison ’80 is committed to service. Appointed by President Obama to the position of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, he helped oversee the implementation of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He established the Donna J. Madison Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Law School, in memory of his late wife, to benefit minority students with an interest in education. And, more recently, in response to challenges faced by minorities who wish to attend law school and practice law, Madison partnered with the Law School to create the Eric H. Holder Jr. Scholarship Fund, which offers tuition support to minority law students. The goal of the Fund is to help to make the legal profession more reflective of society.

Since the Fund was established, Sidley Austin, L.P., where George is a partner in the firm’s Banking and Financial Services and Corporate Governance groups, has made a generous gift, and Nina Shaw ’81 is supporting the initiative by creating a challenge: she will match gifts up to $100,000. If you’d like to support the Eric H. Holder Jr. Scholarship Fund, you can make a gift here.