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Leadership Report

We are pleased to report that at the close of the Law School’s 51st annual giving campaign, more than 50 percent of alumni made a gift to the school. This marks the eleventh consecutive year alumni participation surpassed 50%. A total of 8,937 alumni took part in the campaign, which ended June 30, representing a 52.1% participation rate.

Alumni from classes ranging from 1934 to 2017 contributed, while the Classes of 1956, 1957, and 2015 surpassed a remarkable 70% in their participation levels. Significantly, 45 classes met or exceeded a 50% participation rate. In regional results, alumni in 16 geographic regions finished with a participation rate of at least 60%, while Birmingham, Alabama achieved 75%.

The following is a financial summary of the Foundation and a report of the Alumni Association for the year ending June 30, 2016:

Law School Endowment and Total Assets

The Foundation holds more than $415.5 million in endowed and $24.5 million in non-endowed funds for the benefit of the Law School. In addition, the University holds $52 million and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation holds $3.7 million in endowed funds designated for the Law School. The combined value of these assets at June 30 exceeds $495 million.

Annual Contributions

The 51st Annual Giving Campaign raised $9 million. This year’s graduation gift campaign, “Fired up to Give,” finished with 83% of the Class of 2016 making a pledge of future support.

Gifts received by the Law School Foundation in fiscal year 2016, including annual giving, bequests and special gifts, totaled $15.1 million. A record $5.1 million dollars of the total was for the unrestricted operating fund.

Alumni Association

Last year outgoing Dean Paul G. Mahoney visited alumni at events in Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlottesville, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Norfolk, Northern Virginia, Richmond, San Francisco, Williamsburg, Wilmington, and Washington, D.C.

This fall Dean Risa L. Goluboff will meet alumni and friends in Boston, Charlottesville, Chicago, Raleigh/Durham, and Washington, D.C. The Law School will also host an alumni reception in New York City.

The 2016 reunions were a great success, with more than 1,200 graduates and guests returning to Charlottesville for Law Alumni Weekend in May. The 2017 reunion weekend is scheduled for May 12-14 for the Classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 and for the Lile Law Society (all alumni who have celebrated their 50th reunions). As always, all alumni are welcome to attend reunion weekend events regardless of their class year.

This year’s annual report highlights the impact of your gifts on the students at UVA Law. You will hear from a Powell Fellow in Legal Services who provides legal representation to at-risk, low-income children and a law firm associate who thrived as a student in the John W. Glynn, Jr. ’65 Law & Business Program. You will read about the successes of the students in the Appellate Litigation Clinic; and learn of the wide-ranging reach of students working in low-paying public service positions over the summer thanks to Public Interest Law Association grants.

The Law School thrives on its tradition of caring and excellence. Thank you for doing your part to sustain and grow our legacy.

Best wishes,

F. Blair Wimbush ’80
Chesapeake, Virginia
Chair, Law School Foundation Board of Trustees

Janet Schwitzer Nolan ’89
President, Law School Alumni Association

Wm. Shaw McDermott ’75
Chair, 2014-2016 National Appeals Committee

Annual Report