Why Your Support Matters

A note from Dean Douglas Sylvester
Douglas Sylvester

Your support is crucial to the success of our students and the legal community. Proceeds will go to benefit the students at ASU through direct scholarships and by strengthening programming. The average cost of law school has skyrocketed over the last decade. Tuition at ASU is high — costing $26,000 for in-state and $40,000 for out-of-state. However ,we have not raised tuition since 2011 and, with your support, we hope we can avoid raising it again in the future. In addition, students at ASU are fortunate — our tuition remains in the bottom 50 percent of all law schools while we enjoy a Top 30 ranking, far higher than national-average employment outcomes, and some of the best teachers and researchers in the country. This year’s auction is one small step in making law school more affordable. We will continue to do all we can---and hope you will as well. See you at the auction!

Two outstanding students

The Gold ‘n Gavel Auction and Reception will raise funds for scholarships to help the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law continue to attract the best and brightest students. Two examples of the stellar people the College of Law seeks to enroll are Melody Vogel and Tristan Colyar. Please read about these amazing law students below, and donate items and buy tickets to this fundrasing event so the College of Law can continue to attract students of this caliber. 

Melody Vogel – passionate advocate and counselor for the indigent

Melody Vogel is one of those people to whom enrolling in law school appealed because of its reputation for intellectual stimulation and challenge.

Beyond that, Melody had no preconceived notion of where the law would take her as she began her coursework at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. 

In just three short years, Melody found her passion – defending those who cannot afford to pay for their own legal representation.  

That realization came during her semester in the Public Defender Clinic, which is supervised by attorney Jeff Roth, Clinic Coordinator in the Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender, and a 1996 alumnus of the College of Law. Clinic students zealously represent indigent people charged with felonies, handling everything from preliminary hearings and witness interviews to jury trials, plea agreements and sentencing hearings.

But without financial support from the College of Law, society’s most needy individuals likely would have one less legal advocate.

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Tristan Colyar – business and legal smarts

It was the summer before he would start classes at the 150-year-old law school in Ann Arbor, Mich., when hometown boy Tristan Colyar received a call from his hometown law school at Arizona State University. We want you, he was told.

“I was committed to Michigan Law, until the admissions office called and offered me a bigger scholarship,” said Tristan, who grew up in Phoenix. “ASU was always a top choice for me because Phoenix is where I want to have my career, and there was no better place for me to go to law school. There are so many opportunities to be connected in the Phoenix market that, for me, leaving and trying to come back just wouldn’t have given me a leg up in the competition.”

“The opportunity to really get my feet wet in substantive law school courses here helped solidify both my decision to attend law school and my decision to ultimately come to ASU,” he said.

And there is this: by the time Tristan graduates from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in May 2014, he will have been awarded three years of full tuition merit scholarships totaling nearly $77,000.

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