We are pleased to report that the 2011–12 Annual Giving Campaign surpassed 50% alumni participation for the seventh consecutive year. The Law School received gifts from 8,669 alumni, with our youngest graduates setting the pace. Every class from 2006 to 2012 recorded at least 70% participation, anchoring this year's success.
On June 30, 2012, we also completed our capital campaign, "The American Ideal in
Legal Education," which exceeded our goal and raised gifts and pledges for scholarships, loan forgiveness, and public interest fellowships, as well as professorships, the Law & Business Program, and a new Student Services Center. Together, the capital campaign and annual giving have allowed the Law School to enhance and diversify every aspect of the Law School experience.
We can support these programs because Virginia has the most loyal alumni of any law
school as well as a unique franchise. Thomas Jefferson established the University in 1819 and the Law "department" in 1826. From the beginning, the Law School's mission was to produce a leadership class of citizen-lawyers. That is our reputation, and it is the reason our students and faculty care about the Law School and the culture it promotes. It is also why our alumni care, and they show it every year with record levels of participation in annual giving. In 2011–12, our alumni participation rate was 52.75%. The next-closest top-10 law school was almost 20 points lower.
The following is a financial summary from the Law School Foundation and a report
from the Alumni Association:
LA W SCHOOL ENDOWMENT AND TOTAL ASSETS
The Foundation holds $315 million in endowed and $17 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, 2012, exceeds $380 million.
The 47th annual giving campaign raised $9 million, of which more than $4.2 million was unrestricted for current use. This year's graduation gift pledge campaign, #GIVING, saw 82% of the Class of 2012 make a pledge.
2011–2012 Annual Report
Gifts received by the Law School Foundation, including annual giving, bequests, and special gifts, totaled $11,300,268.
The eight-year capital campaign for "The American Ideal in Legal Education" raised gifts and pledges totaling $173.9 million, with 72% of alumni participating.
Dean Paul Mahoney visited alumni at events in Atlanta, Boston, Charlottesville, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Northern Virginia, Providence, Richmond, and Washington, D.C. This fall the Dean will convene with alumni and friends in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Norfolk, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
Law Alumni Weekend brought a record 1,251 alumni and guests to Charlottesville last
spring. The 2013 reunion weekend takes place May 10–12. Class-specific reunions will be held for the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2008. Additionally, the first-ever 65th reunion will be held for the Class of 1948. All alumni are welcome to attend Law Alumni Weekend events, regardless of class year.
In reflecting upon another proud year, we thank you for making and keeping the Law School an important part of your life.
Roger H. Kimmel '71
Chair, Law School Foundation Board of Trustees
Patricia Merrill '92
President, Law School Alumni Association
Bradford G. Keithley '76
Chair, 2010-2012 National Appeals Committee