July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008
WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THIS YEAR THE LAW SCHOOL reached new benchmarks in annual giving. A record 8,000 alumni made gifts totaling $10.9 million. The 52.7 percent alumni participation rate surpassed our own previous records and continues to rank as an achievement no other law school can claim.
Engagement is a hallmark of a Law School graduate. Alumni serve as class and regional managers. Some host alumni events in their home cities, or serve as class agents or reunion managers. Others come to Charlottesville to enlighten students with their professional experiences, present career options, or talk about their advocacy. They conduct job interviews with students and judge first-year oral arguments.
We salute you, the friends and graduates of Virginia. Your support makes possible the vibrant and diverse community that is Virginia Law.
We wish to share here a summary of the Law School’s health and strength as of June 30, 2008, the close of the fiscal year:
LAW SCHOOL FOUNDATION
The market value of Foundation assets is $303 million, and the University holds an additional $51.4 million in funds designated for the Law School. The combined value of these assets for the benefit of the Law School exceeds $354.4 million.
Private gift support for the Law School, including annual giving, bequests, and special gifts, totaled $12,154,019.
Membership in the Dean’s Council, the Law School’s highest donor recognition group, continues to grow, with more than 400 members.
The 43rd annual giving campaign raised a record $10.9 million, of which $4.4 million was unrestricted.
A record 8,000 donors contributed to the annual giving campaign, crossing fifty percent participation for the third consecutive year.
Ninety percent of the Class of 2008 participated in their graduation gift campaign, signaling even greater support for annual giving in the years ahead.
This year, Law School alumni, faculty, and friends gathered in Richmond, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Baltimore, Palo Alto, Boston, Northern Virginia, Boca Raton, New York, Philadelphia, Birmingham, and London.
John Jeffries ’73 visited alumni all over the country during his last year as dean. In the fall he was greeted warmly at a lovely event, which included admitted students, at the home of Mike ’91 and Wendy Lincoln in Northern Virginia. The alumni luncheon in Philadelphia was beyond capacity, as many alumni stopped in to thank Dean Jeffries for his years of service to the Law School. The Dean also met with some of our “expat” alums at the Reform Club in London, at an event graciously hosted by Glenn Brace ’86.
Another highlight of the year was the annual Law Alumni Weekend, which drew more than 1,100 alumni and guests—the largest number of people on record ever to return to Charlottesville for this event.
Thank you for your generosity and support of the Law School. You are the legacy that is the University of Virginia School of Law.
MICHAEL J. HORVITZ ’75
Chair, Law School Foundation Board of Trustees
STEPHEN A. CARDI ’66
President, Law School Alumni Association
H. SADLER POE ’70
Chair, 2006–2008 National Appeals Committee