2008-2009 Leadership Report
2008-2009 Annual Report
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Leadership Report

July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009

WE ARE DELIGHTED TO SHARE THE NEWS that this year more alumni than ever made an annual gift to the Law School. In spite of the challenging economy, a record 8,057 alumni made gifts totaling more than $9 million. This year’s 51.5 percent alumni participation rate, which is our fourth consecutive year above 50 percent, is an achievement no other law school has attained.

Alumni contributions support the Law School and our students in numerous ways. Highlights of an exciting year include a visit from Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, who delivered the keynote address at the 10th annual Conference on Public Service and the Law; top scholars, business leaders, and practitioners exploring the role of the United States in the global credit crisis during a Law & Business symposium; and more than a dozen students and graduates undertaking prestigious internships that address the world’s most pressing human rights issues.

The academic year is off to an excellent start with four highly regarded new professors in the classroom; a new office dedicated to coordinating the increasing demand for clerkships; an expanded career services office; and two new pro bono clinic offerings for students.

We congratulate you, the friends and graduates of Virginia.Your gifts secure the exciting 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 endowment and total giving
The Foundation holds $233 million in endowed and $12 million in unendowed funds for the benefit of the Law School. In addition, the University holds $37.7 million in endowment designated for the Law School. The combined value of these assets exceeds $282.8 million.

Private gift support for the Law School, including annual giving, bequests, and special gifts, totaled $13,303,456.

The 44th annual giving campaign raised $9 million, of which $3.8 million was unrestricted.

A record 8,057 donors contributed to the annual giving campaign.

This year’s Graduation Gift Pledge Campaign, Moving Forward … Giving Back, was managed by students who solicited participation from their classmates. Their efforts resulted in a new record: 93% of the graduating class made a pledge before graduation.

Paul Mahoney spent his first year as dean connecting with Law School alumni and friends across the country with visits to Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, New York, Northern Virginia, Palo Alto, Richmond, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

This fall, the Dean is looking forward to visiting alumni from other areas, including Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Providence, and Wilmington. Event details are on the Law School’s website at www.law.virginia.edu.

Law Alumni Weekend, the culmination of a wonderful Law School year, drew more than 1,100 alumni and guests to Charlottesville. Comments and reviews from attendees were the most positive they have ever been. The 2010 Reunions are set for April 30 through May 2—please join us.

And, last but not least, thank you for your generosity and support of the Law School. You are the legacy that is the University of Virginia School of Law.

Chair, Law School Foundation Board of Trustees

President, Law School Alumni Association

Chair, 2008–2010 National Appeals Committee

Annual Report