Cy Pres Awards

Designating USD School of Law as a class action cy pres recipient is another way to support the law school. Cy pres awards are residual funds in class action settlements or judgments that, for any number of reasons, are unclaimed or cannot be distributed to the intended recipients. Instead, these funds can be awarded to a nonprofit organization whose work advances the public interest and indirectly benefits the class members. USD School of Law qualifies as one of these nonprofit organizations.

Directing cy pres funds toward the law school can help USD advance legal education and experience for students while also providing community support when directed to USD law programs such as the Legal Clinics, the Center for Public Interest Law, the Children’s Advocacy Institute, and the Energy Policy Initiative Center.

While it is ultimately up to the courts to determine whether a cy pres award is appropriate and where it should be directed, plaintiff and defense attorneys can play an important role by recommending to the court that USD School of Law be named as the beneficiary.

For more information on how you can support the law school through cy pres opportunities, please contact Debbie Rider, ’84 (JD), Director of Development (619) 260-5955 or


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