Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law sets fundraising record in 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Douglas J. Sylvester
Jim Van Wicklin
Alumni and friends of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University supported the college at a record-breaking level during the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Donations totaled more than $2.9 million, a 62 percent increase from the previous year and the highest in the College of Law’s history. The amount is nearly $500,000 more than the total reached in fiscal year 2011.

“This incredible milestone indicates just how deeply our alumni and friends care about the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and its role in society,” said Dean Douglas Sylvester. “We are a top-ranked law school which is not only preparing lawyers for tomorrow, but also significantly impacting society and the future of law today.”

The College of Law also saw major growth in alumni giving, with an increase of 107 percent over the previous year, also the largest in school history.

In October, the College of Law held its first Gold ’n’ Gavel Auction and Reception to raise money for scholarships and projects such as the Ruth V. McGregor Project to Stop Sex Trafficking. That event raised nearly $70,000, mostly from the business community.

“The financial support being demonstrated is unprecedented and deeply appreciated,” Sylvester said. “It helps us move from prominence to preeminence, and that benefits everyone.”

Jim Van Wicklin, Director of Development for the College of Law, said support is more important now than ever.

“We soon will launch the ASU Alumni Law Group, the nation’s first non-profit, privately financed teaching law firm, as well as the new downtown building, the Arizona Center for Law and Society, which will house the College of Law, and we continue to lead the nation in innovative programs,” Van Wicklin said. “The vision and generosity of our donors is both humbling and exciting because of what it will help us to do and how it will directly benefit students and future lawyers here in Arizona.”

Private support has helped the College of Law bridge the gap between tuition, state funding, and the cost of providing an outstanding legal education. Annual gifts provide funding for scholarships, research, clinical programs, library resources, and student organizations.

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