This year a record 8,706 alumni made a gift to the Law School's annual giving campaign, the sixth consecutive year in which alumni participation exceeded 50%. Virginia is the only law school to achieve this historic level of alumni support. The youngest classes continue to lead, with every class from 2006 to 2010 coming in above 70%. And, more than 80 law firms and other places of employment achieved 100% alumni participation during fiscal year 2011.
Friends and alumni helped the Law School deliver on its commitment to the student experience. A few examples:
- The Supreme Court Litigation Clinic argued four
cases before the Supreme Court of the United
States—a record for the clinic.
- Students participated in the Jessup International
Law Moot Court Competition. The Virginia
Law team was one of 100 that gathered in
Washington, D.C., in February to compete in the
international rounds after advancing through
the regional and national tournaments.
- The Public Interest Law Association, with
funds matched by the Law School Foundation,
awarded 81 grants totaling $378,000 to first- and
second-year students working in nonpaying
public service positions during the summer.
- Fellows of the Law School's Human Rights Study
Project spent time in Malawi working on human
rights issues and conducting original research
on topics ranging from human trafficking to
- The Law School hosted the 12th Annual
Conference on Public Service and the Law, along
with events sponsored by the Virginia Journal
of Law & Technology, the Virginia Journal of
Law & Politics, the Virginia Journal of Criminal
Law, the Virginia Law Review, the J.B. Moore
Society of International Law, the Virginia Law &
Business Review, and the Virginia Environmental
Law Journal with the Virginia Environmental
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the keynote address at the 30th Annual Federalist Society Student Symposium.
We thank you, graduates and friends. Your gifts help enroll students with enormous talent and wonderful ideals and make it possible for the Law School to educate and prepare them at the highest level. Following is a summary report of the Foundation and Alumni Association at June 30, 2011 close of the fiscal year:
Law School Endowment and Total Assets
The Foundation holds $317 million in endowed and $12 million in non-endowed funds. In addition, the University holds $48 million in endowment designated for the Law School. The combined value of these assets at June 30, 2011 exceeded $377 million.
The 46th Annual Giving Campaign raised $8.8 million, of which more than $4.3 million was unrestricted for current use. A record 53.76 percent of our alumni made a gift to the 2010-2011 campaign. This year's Graduation Gift Pledge Campaign, "GIVE STRONG " resulted in 83% of the Class of 2011 making a pledge.
Total gifts received by the Law School Foundation, including annual giving, bequests, and special gifts, totaled $12,616,580.
Dean Paul Mahoney visited alumni at events in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, New York, Northern Virginia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. More than 100 alumni gathered to view the Picasso Exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. This fall the Dean will meet with alumni and friends in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Providence, and Washington, D.C.
Law Alumni Weekend brought a record 1,100 alumni and guests to Charlottesville last spring. The 2012 reunion weekend takes place May 4–6. All are welcome, regardless of your class year.
We thank you for your support of the Law School. The 2011-2012 Annual Giving Campaign will also be the final year of the current Capital Campaign. Every gift you make to the Law School Foundation this year, whether for unrestricted use, loan forgiveness, scholarship support, or any other purpose, will count in the Annual Giving Campaign as well as the Capital Campaign.
Your continued support and participation ensure that the Law School remains the American Ideal in Legal Education and the special Virginia experience is continued for the students of today and tomorrow.
Roger H. Kimmel '71
Chair, Law School Foundation Board of Trustees
F. Blair Wimbush '80
President, Law School Alumni Association
Bradford G. Keithley '76
Chair, 2010-2012 National Appeals Committee