Fordham Law

Law School Fundraising Breaks Records as Centennial Year Progresses

April 21, 2006

As the Law School nears the six-month mark of its yearlong Centennial celebration, the School’s fundraising campaign has broken record after record, helping to lay the groundwork for Fordham Law’s second hundred years.  As of April 11, more than $17 million had been raised in gifts and pledges in the 2006 fiscal year that began July 1, 2005.  This compares to a April 11, 2005 figure of $3.8 million. 

In addition to the dramatic increase in giving during our Centennial year, recent fundraising successes include: the establishment of five new academic chairs; the decision of 74 major donors to commit to the future of the School by making gifts of $100,000 or more; and a remarkable increase in the Annual Fund.

The five new academic chairs have been created since the beginning of 2005 by gifts from alumni of the Law School totaling $9.5 million.  Dean William Michael Treanor said the addition of the academic chairs marks an important advance for the Law School.

“Chairs are the gold standard in the world of academics, allowing us to recruit and retain leading scholars,” Treanor said. “The gift of these chairs is of incredible importance to the long term future of the law school.”

These new chairs were made possible by gifts from:

Sally Bellet '76 for the Edward and Marilyn Bellet Chair in Legal Ethics, Morality, and Religion
Jim Leitner '82 for a Chair in International Human Rights
T.J. Maloney '79 for a Chair in Business Law
Thomas Moore '72 for the Brendan Moore Chair in Advocacy
Mark Walsh '84 for the Albert A. Walsh '54 Chair in Real Estate, Land Use, and Property Law
Another important new fundraising initiative is the creation of the Centennial Founders program, an elite group who have committed to the future of the School by making a gift of $100,000 or more.  By the close of the Centennial celebration on September 28, 2006, the Development Office intends to reveal the list of 100 Centennial Founders who have made such a commitment.  With almost half a year left before the close of the centennial, 76 alumni and friends have already made $100,000 gifts and joined the ranks of the Centennial Founders.
The Law School's Annual Fund—unrestricted giving that can be used to address pressing needs and establish new initiatives —is also dramatically ahead of where it was this time last year.  As of April 10, $4.1 million had been raised, compared to just $1.9 million at the same time last year.
"Fordham’s alumni have shown tremendous support this year," said Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement Julie Lucas.  "We are so grateful to the leaders of our community who have given so generously this year and are confident that the Fordham family will continue establishing a firm foundation for the next 100 years of excellence at Fordham Law School."