Prominent Litigator James F. Humphreys (J.D. '78) Donates $1 Million Gift to His Alma Mater for GW Law Endowed Scholarship

Longtime GW Benefactor Continues to Support Access to Legal Education

James F. Humphreys

George Washington University Law School graduate and renowned civil litigator James F. Humphreys (J.D. ’78) believes that education is the fundamental driver of opportunity and advancement in this country and that it is the absolute responsibility of private donors to help ensure that higher education remains forever available to all who are qualified.

“GW Law was the key to my career,” Mr. Humphreys said. “The education and encouragement I received at the Law School enabled me to pursue a life-time dream of helping consumers and victims. I have been very fortunate financially and it is right and proper that I should pay back and support the institution that made my career possible.”

Paul Schiff Berman, Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at GW Law, announced the gift this week.

“Jim Humphreys is one of the most inspiring people I have ever met,” Dean Berman said.  “He truly gets it. He understands that if we are to have a functioning democracy, we need to take the long view and keep education affordable forever. Jim is proof positive that philanthropy is not merely about money; it is about passion to change the world.”

This is not the first time Mr. Humphreys has given back to his alma mater. He has been donating for years for GW Law scholarships and in 2003 funded both a student lounge in Stockton Hall and an amphitheater classroom in Stuart Hall.

In 2005, Mr. Humphreys donated a $3 million dollar gift to establish the Humphreys Complex Litigation Center and Endowed Chair. The Center provides judges, court administrators, lawyers, and public policy makers with comprehensive information about complex litigation.

Mr. Humphreys is an active and hands-on GW alumnus, serving as a member of the GW Board of Trustees and the Law Board of Advisors and is often on campus attending events and supporting many GW, student, and alumni endeavors.

A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Jim Humphreys leads the prominent law firm of James F. Humphreys & Associates in Charleston. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of West Virginia and also attained two degrees in higher education (from Ohio State University and Princeton University) before attending GW Law.

“I urge all grads of George Washington to support their alma mater as generously as they're financially able in order to continue making the dreams of future generations of aspiring lawyers possible,” Mr. Humphreys said.

GW Law, long recognized as one of the top law schools in the country, pursues a distinctive research and learning mission that engages the leading law and policy questions of our time and provides students with an education that will position them to help change the world. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School was founded in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.