Stanley Star ’61, Scott Arenare ’89, and Glenn Sarno ’92 are among those who have provided financial support based in part, they say, on an appreciation for the program’s hands-on approach to training students in areas related to their professional work.
Star is the principal of Cliffstar Corp., a private-label juice manufacturer headquartered in Dunkirk, N.Y. Arenare is managing director and general counsel in the New York office of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity investment firm. Sarno is a partner in the corporate department of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where he focuses on private investment funds and other facets of alternative asset management.
“It’s exciting and important for the Law School to undertake this type of program,” Star says. “We’re giving students a chance to work with entrepreneurs, with real experts in the field. It’s very appropriate. The program goes beyond general coursework to provide specific, useful skills and information.”
During a second-semester practicum, students will be placed in relevant externships with law firms, general counsels’ offices, venture capital firms, trade associations, government agencies, and similar settings in the field. A capstone project will allow students to work closely with faculty on scholarly research tied to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship policy.