Stanford University has minted plenty of Silicon Valley high-tech millionaires and billionaires over the years. But Microsoft money helped pay for Stanford Law School’s newest building. The university this week dedicated the William H. Neukom Building, a 65,000-square-foot structure that’s designed to support the school’s mission to “transform legal education.” Neukom, of course, is the former Microsoft general counsel, serving as Bill Gates’ legal lieutenant for nearly 25, including a high-profile role during the company’s antitrust fights with the U.S. government.
Ironically, the building dedication ceremony was attended by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who The Seattle Times notes was deputy attorney general during the Microsoft antitrust case.
Neukom does have strong ties to the San Francisco Bay Area. He was born in San Mateo, and after attending Dartmouth College returned to Stanford to earn his law degree in 1967. Known for his signature bow tie, the attorney now serves as managing general partner for the San Francisco Giants.
Neukom donated $20 million to lead the campaign for the new building, so he probably deserves to get his name on it.
“It is my hope that this new building will enhance the learning experience at a law school that prepares and inspires our students and faculty to make a difference,” said Neukom in a news release.