Gabriel Imperato and his wife Cindy Imperato have invested $100,000 to support academic excellence at DePaul College of Law. Their generosity will create the Gabriel and Cynthia Imperato Fund for Academic Excellence to advance faculty research and scholarship at the law school.

By investing in faculty scholarship, including research that is published in law review articles, the Imperato Fund for Academic Excellence will highlight the College of Law’s academic strengths and prestige.

In a way, this gift is a continuation of the Imperatos’ longtime generosity to the College of Law. In 2019, they pledged $100,000 to sustain DePaul Law School’s top-ranked health law program, including seed funding to launch the annual conference on health care compliance.

By making this donation, Gabriel and Cindy Imperato have shown their commitment to DePaul Law and their commitment to the school’s continued academic excellence and reputational rise,” says Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea.  “The Imperatos are true DePaul Law champions. Their gift will inspire our faculty to continue to do excellent work.”

As academics of public service, DePaul College of Law faculty members strive to make a difference. In the course of the pandemic, they contributed to the public discourse on vaccines, telehealth, crisis standards of care, and equity issues. Law faculty have made significant contributions to the fields of business and tax law, constitutional law and legal history, health and disability law, intellectual property and cultural heritage law, and Jewish law during the past year.

Academic excellence has been a hallmark of the College of Law for many years across a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary issues. “Thanks to the generous gift Gabriel and Cindy Imperato, we will be able to invest more in the high-impact scholarly work done by students and faculty alike-work that promotes valuable debate and discourse and improves public policy,” says Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Professional Development Wendy Netter Epstein.

Gabriel Imperato is a nationally recognized leader in health care law, frequently speaking at events and conferences on compliance and ethics. He is a partner at Nelson Mullins, a full-service law firm with 25 offices serving clients in more than 100 practice areas.

Cindy Imperato retired from the Broward Circuit Court bench in 2016 after 13 years of service. She currently chairs the board of the Broward County Chapter of the American Red Cross and serves on the board of the St. Thomas More Society of Broward County.

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