Posted June 2, 2016

Leonard and Lynne Barrack donate $5 million to Temple University

In recognition of their gift, the Barrack Scholars program is created at Temple Law School

Len Barrack smiling at an event on Temple’s Main Campus.
Photography By: 
Ryan Brandenberg
Temple University Trustee Leonard Barrack and his wife Lynne are longtime supporters of Temple University and the Beasley School of Law.

Temple University Trustee Leonard Barrack, FOX ’65, LAW ’68, and his wife Lynne, EDU ’68, two of the university’s most generous benefactors, have donated $5 million to the President’s Strategic Fund. In recognition of this support, a scholarship initiative in the Beasley School of Law will be established.

“Len and Lynne are two of Temple’s most devoted alumni, and their lifelong support, especially for Temple Law students and faculty, will be felt for generations,” President Neil D. Theobald said.

The cash gift will enable the university to create the Barrack Scholars in Law, a five-year scholarship initiative under development by Temple Law Dean JoAnne Epps.

“We are grateful for this gift and look forward to welcoming the first cohort of Barrack Scholars to join Temple Law in the 2016–2017 academic year,” Epps said. “The generosity of the Barracks never ceases to amaze me.”

Abundant support
Barrack, who chairs Temple Law School’s Board of Visitors, is senior and founding partner of Barrack, Rodos & Bacine, which litigates securities and antitrust class actions and complex commercial litigation.

“Lynne and I have benefitted from the excellent education Temple provides, and we have never been more excited about the university’s future.”
-- Temple University Trustee Leonard Barrack
The Barracks’ philanthropic efforts at Temple have included numerous major gifts to Temple Law School, including the establishment of the Barrack Public Interest Fellowship Program for students, and the Kohn and Weiner chairs, which are pivotal to attracting world-class legal scholars to the law school.

The Barracks’ generosity also made possible a significant law school expansion when College Hall was renovated and renamed Morris and Sylvia Barrack Hall, which honors Leonard Barrack’s parents and features lecture halls, offices, seminar rooms and student lounges.

“As a native Philadelphian, I know that Temple is Philadelphia’s public university and that Temple Law School produces some of the world’s sharpest legal minds,” Len Barrack said. “Lynne and I have benefitted from the excellent education Temple provides, and we have never been more excited about the university’s future.”

Barrack served as campaign chair for Access to Excellence: The 125th Anniversary Campaign for Temple. The campaign, which closed at the end of 2009, raised more than $380 million for community engagement programs, faculty support, research, state-of-the-art facilities and student scholarships.

A member of the Board of Trustees since 2001, Barrack has been recognized with the Temple Alumni Distinguished Service Award. Lynne is just as active in the couple’s Temple endeavors and philanthropy. They have two children who are also Owls.