Lutz Family Fellowship pays public interest forward

July 25, 2013 9:00 AM

Linda P. Campbell
linda.campbell@tulane.edu

The experience of people creating opportunities for others is very personal for the Lutz family.

“I wouldn’t have lived around the country and worked all over the world without Tulane,” says Laurent Lutz, a 1986 Tulane Law School graduate who has been executive vice president and general counsel of Sallie Mae since 2011, an organization that is the nation's top financial services company specializing in education.

Lutz has decided to help a new Tulane law graduate each year through a fellowship aimed at assisting children and families. The gift will endow The Lutz Family Public Interest Fellowship for Children’s Welfare. It will enable a new lawyer to work for an agency in New Orleans or Baton Rouge to assist clients on domestic violence, child protection and parental rights cases.

Lutz says he wants to “give back to the law school and give new Tulane lawyers opportunities to follow their aspirations to help others.”

Lutz’s father became the first person in his family to attend college through the efforts of a couple who employed both Lutz’s father and grandfather. The Haas family of Bunkie, La., sent two students to college in honor of their son, a pilot, who died during the Korean conflict. That generosity made the dream of education a reality for Lutz’s father. And, if not for a close friend who pointed him toward a particular scholarship, Lutz says, he would not have attended Tulane Law School.

“Let’s be honest,” Lutz says. “Hard work is important, but many opportunities just don’t exist unless somebody provides them for you.”

Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer says this important gift would help Tulane graduates to realize their dreams of a career in public-interest law while improving the lives of needy children and families.
 
Linda P. Campbell is director of communications for the Tulane Law School.

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