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The Reiss Family

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The Reiss family has continued its deep partnership with NYU Law, endowing the Center on Law and Security with a new gift.

In recognition of the commitment shown to the Law School by Richard “Rick” Reiss Jr. ’69, late Law Life Trustee Bonnie Feldman Reiss ’69, and their children, Lauren Reiss Frank and Michael Reiss, the center was renamed the Reiss Center on Law and Security (RCLS) in October 2018.

“NYU Law and the Center on Law and Security stand at the quickly shifting intersection of national security, technology, and the law,” said Rick Reiss. “It is an honor to support and help expand the vast expertise that already exists at NYU Law and to ensure that students and faculty will remain at the forefront of national security policymaking and discussion for years to come.”

RCLS provides funding for policy and security research, supports faculty and student fellowships, and houses Just Security, the online law and security forum started by Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law Ryan Goodman.

Rick Reiss serves as the chairman of the board of advisors for Georgica Advisors and its affiliated entities, Reiss Capital Management and Value Insight Partners. In addition to his nearly 20 years as a managing partner of Cumberland Associates and its affiliates, Reiss has co-founded numerous private businesses, including O’Charley’s, Eller Media, and Resource America. He serves as the chairman of the board of advisors for RCLS.

Before she passed away in September 2017, Bonnie Feldman Reiss served on the NYU Law Board of Trustees’ development committee, as vice-chair of the Law School’s 1990s fundraising campaign, and as a member of the campaign steering committee, which ran from 2002 to 2010. She practiced law for 13 years with the Federal Trade Commission, Macmillan Publishers, and JC Penney.

In 2006, Rick and Bonnie Feldman Reiss endowed the Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law chair, currently held by Samuel Issacharoff.