Law School Regional Chapters Raise More Than $1M for School of Law in 2017 Regional Alumni Rally

Law School Regional Chapters Raise More Than $1M for 2017 Regional Alumni Rally

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San Diego (July 7, 2017) - The inaugural year of the Regional Alumni Rally came to a close on June 30, 2017. University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumni from competing regions raised $1,129,395 for law school scholarships, centers and institutes, and academic programs. In the Regional Alumni Rally, law school chapters compete for the highest participation rate in terms of gifts to USD School of Law, with a 10 percent participation goal. 

The San Diego Chapter took first place in the 2017 Rally, with donations from over 12.5 percent of San Diego-based alumni. Not far behind were the Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles chapters, with 9.4 and 9.1 participation rates, respectively. Five of the seven competing regional chapters increased their alumni participation this year, including Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Bay Area, and Washington, D.C. Full results from the 2016-17 Regional Alumni Rally are listed below.

Region Captain Participation
San Diego, CA Jamie M. Ritterbeck ’12 (JD) 12.6%
Washington, DC Jay A. Jurata Jr. ’00 (JD) 9.4%
Los Angeles, CA Bradford G. Hughes ’06 (JD) 9.1%
New York, NY Erik G. Carter ’09 (JD) 8.5%
Orange County, CA Bridget I. Harrison ’10 (JD) 8.1%
Bay Area, CA Anand R. Upadhye ’09 (JD) 7.4%
Phoenix, AZ Jeanmarie Harrington Bisceglia ’08 (JD) 6.0%

As the winning region, the San Diego Chapter will receive a $2,000 scholarship, to be awarded to a newly admitted or current student from San Diego. 

“Thank you to our captains for stepping up to lead your regions to success in this friendly competition. Alumni donations are instrumental in providing support for critical programming at the law school. Your contributions enrich the educational experience for our students and better prepare them for the legal profession,” said Debbie Rider, ’84 (JD), Director of Development at USD School of Law.

"We are excited about offering an engaging way for our regional law alumni chapters to collectively participate in supporting students from their respective regions," said Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Shari Baurle Green. "Strengthening and expanding regional alumni programming is a top priority of the law school and the Regional Rally complements efforts to promote alumni participation and increase the visibility of our regional alumni chapters." 

About the Regional Alumni Rally

The Regional Alumni Rally is a law school chapter-based-campaign in which regions compete for the highest alumni participation rate for donations to USD School of Law. Los Angeles (CA), New York (NY), Orange County (CA), Phoenix (AZ), San Diego (CA), San Francisco (CA), and Washington (DC) participated in the 2017 Regional Alumni Rally. Giving provides an opportunity for alumni to pay it forward to support student who are currently applying to or achieving success at USD School of Law. 

About the University of San Diego School of Law

The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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