Paul Serini, a 1983 alumnus of Catholic University’s law school has, along with his wife Susan, committed to a $50,000 matching gift earmarked for the Securities Program Scholarship Fund. The Serinis will match alumni gifts dollar-for-dollar, for a total potential yield of $100,000 for the fund.
“Paul and Susan’s generosity is vitally important to the securities law program and will help us continue to attract talented applicants to study and plan careers in this dynamic and rewarding area of law,” said David Lipton, director of the Securities Law Program at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.
The Securities Program Scholarship Fund has been endowed since June, 2011, following a successful three-year effort by Lipton to raise money during a very challenging development fund climate. The matching pledge gift of the Serinis is the largest to the securities law program to date, and among the largest directed to any cause or institute within the law school.
The scholarship funds will assist 2L and 3L students who are at the top of their class and who have committed to pursue the Securities Program. The money will help greatly, says Lipton, but more is needed to keep the scholarship program viable in the future. Lipton is planning to reach out to other alumni to seek their assistance in encouraging fellow alumni and perhaps employers to come forward help meet the matching gift.
Serini has served as an adjunct faculty member at the law school and as a guest lecturer within the securities law program. He was partner at the Venable Law Firm in Washington and Baltimore, and principal and founder of Phoenix HealthCare Consulting, LLC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare and policy consulting firm. Until recently, he served as executive vice president of XL Health Inc., a Baltimore-based company that focuses on the care of the underserved and those with chronic illnesses, designing healthcare products to better accommodate their needs. Earlier this year, XL Health was acquired by United Healthcare, with whom Serini continues to work as chief of government relations for Medicare and Retirement.
“Paul was a dedicated and curious student in law school. He has taken those attributes with him into practice and he has excelled professionally,” said Lipton. “He’s now looking to give back, and it is our hope that his gift will inspire and stimulate others to support the securities law program as well.”
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