One of the alma maters of the slain U.S. Ambassador to Libya has set up a fund to honor his life: The University of California Hastings School of Law in San Francisco plans to hold a symposium next year to honor Chris Stevens, who was killed in Benghazi on Sept. 11.
On Monday, officials from UC Hastings announced that they have set up a symposium fund to honor the memory, life, and work of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens who graduated in 1989.
The symposium will emphasize law and public policy as actually used in practice to advance global understanding and peace.
"Gathering experts to discuss law and foreign policy as it relates to actual legal practice in the promotion of global understanding presents a fitting opportunity to further the legacy of Chris's style of diplomacy and his life's work," said Stevens' brother, Tom Stevens, who is an assistant U.S. attorney in San Francisco. "Chris loved his UC Hastings years, and he maintained his strong connection to the school throughout his life. His friends from that time have become my family's friends."
UC Hastings Chancellor and Dean Frank H. Wu said the school is excited to hold the symposium. next school year. Stevens had planned to come back and talk to the law students before he was killed. "He and I communicated when he was appointed ambassador," Wu said in a statement. "He had been looking forward to sharing his experiences with students when he returned. Like everyone in our nation, we were shocked to learn of recent events."
Anyone who would like to donated to the UC Hastings symposium fund can contact Laura Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (415) 565-4621 or make a gift online.
This fund follows on the heels of a UC Berkley memorial fund for Stevens, where the ambassador had also attended. To donate to that fund, go to the “Give to Cal” website or mail checks in to The J. Christopher Stevens Memorial Fund c/o University Relations, 2080 Addison St., University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-4200.
The Stevens family has also set up a separate fund, the J. Chistopher Stevens Fund, to give to people and organizations who have good ideas on how to promote tolerance and peace in the Middle East.