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May 26, 2015

After Debate, Montana Regents OK Naming Law School for Donor

The Montana Board of Regents voted Friday to rename the University of Montana law school in recognition of a $10-million gift, turning back one member's protest over a lack of public participation in the naming-rights process, the Missoulian reports. The gift will be used in part to create a program in consumer law and protection at what is now the Alexander Blewett III School of Law.

Mr. Blewett, a lawyer from Great Falls, Mont., graduated from the Montana law school, as did his father and his two sons. Regent Martha Sheehy, who in a board meeting Thursday lauded the Blewett family for the donation but raised questions about conferring permanent naming rights for the gift without public input, abstained from Friday's 5-0 vote in favor of the university's request for the name change.