Harlan Fiske Stone Society
Our most committed benefactors are those who give to the Annual Fund as members of the Harlan Fiske Stone Society.
Membership to the Society strengthens our community and draws upon a collective sense of purpose that closely connects the legal academy and the professional practice of law. Donors making a cash gift at one of the below levels during a fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) are recognized for their generosity as Harlan Fiske Stone members. They will be listed in the Annual Report of Donors and receive access to exclusive communications and invitation-only events and experiences.
The Harlan Fiske Stone Society
Dean’s Fellow (Recent Graduate)
Classes of 2008–2016
Student Level (Class of 2017)
$100,000 and above
About Harlan Fiske Stone (1872–1946), Class of 1898
A United States Supreme Court justice for 20 years, Harlan F. Stone was a New Dealer who defended civil liberties and individual rights against a conservative Court majority. A core tenet of his legal philosophy was that the law could adapt to changing societal conditions. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt elevated the 69-year-old Stone to chief justice.
Stone studied at Columbia Law School after graduating from Amherst College. He was such a brilliant student that he was offered a teaching position at the Law School after graduating in 1898. He accepted the position and simultaneously maintained a private practice. Named dean of the Law School in 1910, he served for 14 years. As a teacher and as dean, he was known for taking a great interest in his students, who called themselves “Stone-Agers” in his honor. In 1946, the year of Stone’s death, the Columbia Law School faculty established the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholars. These scholarships are awarded each year in recognition of academic achievement by students in each of the three J.D. classes and in the LL.M. Program. That same year, the Harlan Fiske Stone professorship in constitutional law was established.
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“Providing for Columbia Law School is a way to
fulfill philanthropy goals with the hope that others
will enjoy the opportunities I have had.”
—Barbara Shiers ’80