In the spirit of Alumni Weekend, New York Real Estate Attorney Coleman P. Burke returned to Case Western Reserve University School of Law on Friday to honor his mentor with a $1.5 million leadership gift made in his honor. Burke said he wants to pay tribute to the man who left a significant mark on him, and generations of law students.
The Coleman P. Burke Chair in honor of Professor Leon Gabinet, in the legal areas of tax, trusts and estates, celebrates the teaching career of Gabinet, a member of the faculty since 1968.
“Professor Gabinet is a gifted teacher who didn’t just teach the law,” said Burke, a 1970 graduate of the school. “He engaged us with the material and motivated us through questioning and an ever-present sense of humor. Most importantly, he instilled in us a sense of fairness, integrity and service to one’s fellow man.”
Gabinet, who practiced law for many years in Oregon before coming to Case Western Reserve, is co-author of Tax Aspects of Marital Dissolution (1986, Second Revised Edition, 2005). He is a member of the American Law Institute and was invited to The Netherlands as a Cambridge-Tilburg lecturer.
“I am both humbled and honored to hold this chair bearing Coley Burke’s name. Coley exemplifies the best of our law alumni, and I am pleased to be the inaugural chairholder,” Gabinet said.
Gabinet teaches corporate tax, estate planning and taxation, federal income tax, and tax policy at the law school.Burke is the founder and Managing Partner of Waterfront Properties in New York.