The New Zealand Law Society says the legal and justice system will be both encouraged and enlightened by the generous multi-million dollar legacy left by the late Judge Ian Borrin.
The retired District Court Judge died on 23 March. Before he died, Judge Borrin established a charitable trust worth between $25 and $30-million.
The Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation will foster legal scholarships throughout all sectors of the law along with the development of legal research scholarship writing and education.
A memorial service was held for Judge Ian Borrin at the Pines in Wellington on 11 April, where details of the new foundation were unveiled.
Law Society President Chris Moore says Judge Ian Borrin was a humble man and highly regarded by the legal profession during his career for his compassionate approach and generous spirit.
"The Law Society has no doubt that our legal and justice system will be significantly enhanced by this legacy. It is a fitting memorial to the man and his parents," he says.
Law Society Executive Director Christine Grice has also paid tribute, saying she spoke with Judge Borrin just a few months ago about his Trust plans.
"He was so generous and a lovely man and so very well regarded. It was when I was regularly appearing before the Family Court, so I got to know him quite well," she says.
The late Ian Borrin gained his education from both Wellington College and Victoria University.