Albany Law School Establishes Bar Preparation Assistance Fund in honor of Eugene P. Devine, Class of 1940

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Albany Law School announced today the creation of The Eugene P. Devine Family Fund, a new initiative to support students needing financial help to purchase commercial bar preparation assistance programs and pay fees and costs relating to access to the Bar Exam or Bar admission-related activities.  A gift of $100,000, from Mary P. Devine ’80 and Marty Barrington ’80 together with a commitment of $117,000 by the Trustees of Albany Law School will endow the Fund in memory of Mary’s father. 

“Bar passage is a key metric for our community and we at Albany Law are committed to bar success for all our students”, said President and Dean Alicia Ouellette. “The gift by The Barrington Family Foundation, and the commitment of our trustees, allows us to help our students while celebrating the Devine family and their eight-decade relationship with Albany Law School.”  
Other Devine Family members who attended Albany Law include Gene’s brothers, James and John, James’ sons, James, Jr.  and Phillip, and Gene’s son, Eugene Jr. and daughter, Mary.

Gene Devine was a well-known Albany lawyer, banker, elected official, and philanthropist. Throughout his life, he gave of his time and resources for the community and helped countless others, often anonymously and without expectation of recognition or thanks.  

“Marty and I are happy to join with the Trustees to help ensure that all students have access to the tools needed for admission to the bar.  We are especially happy to be able to honor my father and our family’s connection to the law school in this way,” said Mary.

Alumni and friends are encouraged to support Albany Law students by giving to this fund. All those interested are asked to reach out to the office of institutional advancement at alumni@albanylaw.edu or (518) 445-3213.