School of Law
The Law School launched its campaign with a bold ambition: to be the American ideal in legal education. For those close to the Law School, this was already an honest claim. The power of the student experience, the commitment to teaching excellence, the culture of civility and citizenship — all of these make Virginia unique in the legal academy and a treasure to the profession. Donors created numerous scholarships, professorships and lectureships that will help strengthen the faculty. Capstone gifts included the Law Alumnae Scholarship, an endowment for the school’s Law & Business Program and funding for a state-of-the-art Student Services Center. During the campaign, alumni set records for annual giving, with more than 50 percent of school alumni donating in each of the past seven years. In the final year of the campaign, 8,669 graduates (52.75 percent of alumni) made gifts to the school, for an annual fund total of $11.3 million. More than 72 percent of alumni made gifts during the campaign.
The John W. Glynn Jr. Law & Business Program
The Law School’s Law & Business Program was named in honor of John W. Glynn (Law ’65), the founder of Glynn Capital Management. “I saw the Law & Business Program as a great avenue to expand the horizons for our students and to give them some tools that would help them in working with their clients in their legal practice, but also an appreciation for how business people think and how they address the complex problems and issues that they’re constantly facing,” Glynn said. His major gift to endow the program will help make permanent the Law School’s curricular commitment to business, finance and investing, and further student and faculty activity in those areas.
Law Alumnae Scholarships
A collective fundraising effort by women graduates of the Law School, the Law Alumnae Scholarships provide financial support to deserving students. The effort has received more than $2.5 million in gifts since its creation in 2004. Once fully endowed, the scholarships will provide a full-tuition award to one student in each class. A rotating committee of donors helps choose the Law Alumnae Scholars. The scholarships are awarded to candidates who increase diversity, broadly defined, at the Law School. Candidates have a history of leadership and the clear potential to participate in the life of the school at the highest level. The scholarships are awarded based on financial need, with academic merit considered when choosing between competing candidates.
Gifts at Work
Serving Students Better
Alumni, faculty and friends of the University of Virginia School of Law dedicated the new Karsh Student Services Center as part of the 2013 Law Alumni Weekend. The Karsh Center, most of which was completed in fall 2012, redesigned student services offices in Slaughter Hall to include reception areas and expanded the space allotted to the Law School’s 20 clinics. The construction involved creating a two-story atrium that juts out into the Slaughter Hall courtyard, known as Purcell Garden, and offers a gathering space that leads into the redesigned garden. Landscaping renovations were completed in the spring of 2013. “The Karsh Student Services Center will help us better serve current and prospective students,” Dean Paul G. Mahoney said. On the first floor of the center, visitors and students have easier access to the Law School’s Admissions, Financial Aid and Graduate Studies offices. A staircase in the atrium leads to new offices for Career Services, the Public Service Center and Clerkships, all grouped around a central reception area with close proximity to interview and videoconference rooms. Clinics occupy expanded space on the second floor as well. The center was made possible through a substantial gift from Martha Lubin Karsh (Col ’78, Law ’81) and Bruce M. Karsh (Law ’80).