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 Kellie Manders and David Medina. 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.

Kellie Manders -- Inspired by health law

It was during a medical mission trip to Nepal, that Kelly Manders began developing a passion for health and medicine. After the eye-opening experience and graduating from the University of Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, Manders decided to pursue a law degree at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU that would allow her to study at the intersections of psychology, health, and law.

“I chose ASU for many reasons; the biggest was all of the programs ASU has to offer,” Manders said. “The Center for Law, Science and Innovation, the various clinics, externship opportunities, and class offerings allowed me to explore every area of the law that I am interested in.”

Through the Center, Manders is scheduled to graduate this spring with a certificate in both Health Law and Genomics and Biotechnology Law. Along the way, she also made sure take advantage of the wide range of offerings at the College of Law.

“I came into law school with the idea that I either wanted to do criminal prosecution or health law,” Manders said. “I took the opportunities available to me and externed at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”

Her experience working with Phoenix Children’s Hospital solidified Manders’ desire to pursue a career in health law, which she hopes will ultimately lead to being a general counsel for a hospital or healthcare company.

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David Medina -- Externing, interning, pursuing a passion for intellectual property law

Coming from Silicon Valley and the world of start-ups and tech companies, David Medina had a passion for intellectual property law and knew he wanted to pursue a career in patent litigation. He quickly decided the Center for Law, Science and Innovation at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU was the perfect fit. 

"After learning about the Center, I was hooked," Medina said. "I was looking for a law school that would let me combine my interest in technology and engineering with the law. After discovering that ASU Law had small class sizes, lower tuition costs than many other schools, and a deep offering of intellectual property courses, I was sold."

Medina graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to law school, he was the product manager at a Silicon Valley startup that specializes in cross-border micro finance.

“I wanted to be the first lawyer in my family,” Medina said about his decision to go to law school.

Medina found the opportunities in the legal field to be numerous. During his second year of law school, he completed an externship at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

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