The W.P. Carey Foundation has donated $30 million to the University of Maryland School of Law, the largest gift in its nearly 200-year history, law school officials announced Monday.

The donation will go toward faculty support and boosting the endowment, spokesman Jeffrey Raymond said, and the school be known as the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. The law school, which will celebrate its 200th anniversary next year, has also committed to raise $15 million more on its own. The donation will also be used to boost a specialty in business law.

The 23-year-old Carey Foundation, founded by William Polk Carey, has also given $50 million to Johns Hopkins University, home of the Carey Business School and $50 million to Arizona State University for the W.P. Carey School of Business.

The new law school name honors William Polk Carey’s grandfather, an 1880 graduate and co-founder of the world’s largest law firm, DLA Piper. Frank Burch, the firm’s current chairman, graduated from Maryland in 1974. Francis King Carey’s older brother, James, graduated in 1875, and his son Francis J. Carey also graduated from Maryland, in 1912.

“This gift represents the Carey family’s educational and philanthropic legacy in the great state of Maryland and helps us honor family members who dedicated their lives and careers to education, to civic duty, and many to the legal profession itself,” said William Polk Carey.

Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), an alumnus, praised the gift in a prepared statement: “With gifts totaling $100 million overall to support education at all levels in Maryland, the Carey family has shown remarkable support for not only the University of Maryland, but also for the education system in general throughout the years.”

— Baltimore Sun