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Major Gifts Address Critical Needs

Major gifts allow the College to capitalize large projects, develop new initiatives and maintain a quality of legal education that state funding levels cannot. Thoughtful long-term planning and innovative approaches to major gift-giving allow firms and individuals the chance to invest in the future of the College. Several magnificent gifts have been received in recent months that will address critical, unmet needs.

Phyllis and Michael Hennigan have generously pledged $250,000 to the Dean’s Excellence Fund to assist Dean Massaro in recruiting and retaining talented faculty.

James E. Rogers and George Rountree III teamed up to donate almost $1 million to renovate the upper floors of the former Chi Omega building, now housing our student clinics. When completed, the Rogers Rountree Hall will have an additional 9,000 square feet of space for conferencing, student work and offices.

Long a supporter of the College, Roxana Bacon’s gift of $100,000 comes in the form of a ‘challenge pledge’ and that will assist the College, the community and the state by offering opportunities for education and clinical services in Immigration Law.

A significant planned gift from the Stockdale Foundation, memorializing William and Anne Stockdale’s commitment to the College, will create a permanent endowment at the University of Arizona Foundation to benefit the Rogers College of Law.

The Lohse family, good friends of our programs and students throughout the years, have committed another $500,000 to sustain the Ashby I. Lohse Chair in Water and Natural Resources Law.

Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, has pledged $75,000 this year to name the Arizona Law Review Suite.

In addition, Dan Crachiollo and the Steele Foundation are completing their $500,000 pledge to support the Evo DeConcini and Chester Smith Professorships at the College of Law.

We are profoundly grateful to these major gift donors for their foresight and work in helping to plan for our future. For more information on structuring a gift, contact Vicki Fleischer at 520-621-8430.

Graduating Class Gifts Develop Philanthropic Habits

For the last several years, third-year law students have worked hard to increase the size of their graduating class
gift, and their work has generated dramatic results. In a recent survey of selected public and private schools, our graduating class gifts were larger than most of the 10 schools surveyed, including Harvard, USC and UCLA.

Importantly, the percentage of graduating students contributing to the class gift fund was the highest in the survey. “The class gift encourages the tradition of giving,” notes Assistant Dean Vicki Fleischer, “and it is a real tribute to the positive educational experience students have here that almost all of them choose to financially support the College.”

As of the end of March, almost 50% of the Class of 2004 had donated or pledged over $35,000. The Class goal is to exceed last year’s class graduation gift and to have 75% participation. Earlier in the spring, students voted to dedicate a portion of the fund to the Susan S. Barber Memorial Scholarship, a fund established after the death of a much-loved classmate. After meeting the endowment threshold for the Barber Scholarship, the remainder will be donated to the Dean’s Faculty Recruitment Fund.


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