George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School receives $50 million donation


    FILE - In this March 8, 2012 file phoo, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. Scalia drew unusually critical attention during this past Supreme Court term for comments he made in court and in his writing that seemed to some more political than judicial. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

    George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School is getting a $50 million donation that will allow the university to hire 13 new faculty chairs.

    The gift announced Thursday is the largest ever received by the university, a public school in Northern Virginia.

    It comes from the estate of Allison and Dorothy Rouse. The estate recently gave $43 million to the conservative Heritage Foundation.

    Allison Rouse was a judge appointed by then-Gov. Ronald Reagan to the California Court of Appeals in 1971. He died in 2005. Dorothy Rouse was an attorney who died in May.

    The $50 million follows a $30 million donation received in 2016 in conjunction with renaming the law school for Scalia.

    Critics have questioned whether conservative donations have tilted the school's curriculum to the right.

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