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Loyola Creates Rule Of Law Institute Thanks To $6 Million Gift

Loyola Trustee Barry McCabe's grant will establish the institute, which will focus on issues of equal rights and ethical law practices.

A building on the Loyola University Chicago campus in November 2018.
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ROGERS PARK — A $6 million gift from a Loyola University trustee will allow the university to form the Rule of Law Institute, which will study and advocate for issues of equal rights and good governance.

The Rule of Law Institute will boost Loyola Law School’s efforts to tackle issues of social justice and political equality, university officials said. The institute will partner with non-governmental organizations, other schools and governments to advance solutions on topics like human rights, violence and environmental destruction, Loyola said in a news release.

The Institute is made possible by Trustee Barry McCabe’s $6 million donation, which is the largest donation for a non-school alumnus in Loyola Law School’s history.

McCabe is is the co-founder of Hometown America, a Chicago-based company that is the largest owner and operator of trailer home properties in the country. A graduate of University of Southern California School of Law, McCabe retired in 2008 and traveled the world visiting places like Syria, where the rule of law is challenged, according to Loyola.

Loyola University Trustee Barry McCabe

McCabe became a university trustee in 2011.

“Human welfare and development depend on equal rights and responsibilities under the law regardless of race, religion, gender, wealth or status,” McCabe said in a statement. “The rule of law desperately requires the humanistic, Jesuit focus that Loyola University Chicago is equipped to offer.”

Loyola’s Rule of Law Institute expands the work of the university’s Rule of Law for Development program. The program, introduced in 2011, trains lawyers in advocating for human rights and other social justice issues locally and abroad. So far, 200 Loyola Law School students have graduated from the program, according to the university.

“Our reach has been effective but limited to 25 students a year,” McCabe said of the program in a statement. “With the institute, we’re going to have a much wider impact on the world.”

Paul Kantwill, a Loyola Law School professor and former assistant director of the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will become the Rule of Law Institute’s founding executive director.

Loyola recently announced two other academic endeavors: the School of Environmental Sustainability and the Institute for Racial Justice.

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