UM Trustee Wayne Chaplin, JD '82, Makes Gift to Miami Law


To help offset the rising cost of legal education, Wayne Chaplin, JD '82, has made a generous contribution to the University of Miami School of Law to create the Chaplin Challenge. Under the terms of the grant, Chaplin has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, each new eligible contribution made to new or existing scholarship funds between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 of this year, as long as funds are available. The Chaplin Challenge will be used as a match to double any new donations directed to scholarships. Multi-year pledges to establish new scholarships are eligible for this match, with certain limitations.

Chaplin, a two-time graduate of the University of Miami, is president and chief operating officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, the country's leading distributor of wines and spirits. He also serves as president of the SWS Charitable Foundation, Inc., and as director of the Wayne & Arlene Chaplin Family Foundation.

A dedicated supporter of the University of Miami, he is vice chair of the Board of Trustees and chairs Miami Law's Momentum2 campaign and its Visiting Committee. In addition to his generous contributions to the School of Law, Chaplin has supported the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer, the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, and the Department of Athletics. Through the SWS Charitable Foundation, Inc., the Chaplin Family Endowed Scholarship was established at Miami Law in 2004.

The School of Law plans to reach out to alumni, donors and friends to help match the Chaplin Challenge grant. To make a contribution, click here.