Minneapolis (November 2005) – Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. is proud to announce a $1 million contribution to the University of Minnesota Law School to create two Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellowships, the first fellowships of their kind.
The Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellowships will set an exacting new standard for scholarly achievement by recognizing exceptional research and scholarship occurring after tenure has already been attained. No limitation is imposed upon subject matter, thus enabling the selection of faculty members who are at the forefront of developing areas in law.
“These fellowships are a tribute to the founding partner of the law firm and one of the finest trial lawyers in the nation's history. Solly fully understood and embraced the principle that the purpose of law is to serve all Americans regardless of position or power. It is an honor for the firm to recognize our founder and one of the great lawyers to come out of the University of Minnesota Law School,” said Michael V. Ciresi, the firm's chairman.
The firm created the fellowships to honor Solly Robins, one of its founders and a recipient of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Robins was recognized nationally as one of America's finest trial lawyers, trying precedent-setting cases in the areas of negligence, products liability, and medical malpractice. He earned his B.A. in 1934 from the University of Minnesota and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1936. He died in 1999.