USD School of Law Big Give Exceeds Goal!

USD School of Law Big Give Exceeds Goal!

Big Give Event

SAN DIEGO (April 12, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law announced the results of its sixth annual Big Give. The 36-hour online fundraising campaign that took place on April 3 and 4, to raise funding for student scholarships, academic programs, and other law school initiatives.  311 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and other supporters donated a total of $372,000. Launched in 2014, the Big Give has raised over $1.4 million, of which $1 million has gone towards student scholarships.

“The success of the Big Give Campaign is a tribute to the generosity of the law school's alumni. Their philanthropy makes it possible to recruit and retain a high-quality and diverse student body, provide them with outstanding programs, innovative curriculum, and train them for successful legal careers,” said Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo.

The Big Give received leadership gifts from several donors, including: Casey Gerry—David Casey, ’74 (JD); Dale Giali, ’90 (JD) and Susan Westover-Giali, ’90 (JD); Gomez Trial Attorneys—John Gomez ’89 (BBA); Jackson Lewis; Sunita and Patrick Martin, ’92 (JD); C. Edward Miller, ’69 (JD); Laura and Kurt Robinson, ’84 (BA), ’87 (JD); RJS Law—A Tax Law Firm—Ronson J. Shamoun, ’98 (BAA), ’02 (JD), ’03 (LLM). These gifts provided $100,000 in matching funds. 

In addition, the law school also had outstanding individual support throughout the 36-hour campaign from Board of Visitors members, Richard Bartell, ’75 (JD), The Honorable Lynn Schenk, ’70 (JD), George Strong, ’74 (JD), Bill Baumgaertner, ’75 (JD) and Michael Kaplan, ’72 (JD) as well as from Robert and Julianne D. Fellmeth, ’76 (BA), ’83 (JD), Robert Nagata, ’70 (JD), Kevin Ruddy, ’77 (JD), and several anonymous donors.

The Big Give supports the law school’s top funding priorities, including the Dean’s Scholarship Initiative by raising more than $94,000 to fund scholarships for current and prospective law students.  Memorial Scholarships, honoring longtime partner of Seltzer, Caplan, McMahon & Vitek—Gerald L. McMahon, ’64 (JD), and former USD Provost, Professor of English and Law—Sister Sally Furay, ’72 (JD), topped the list of scholarship funds supported throughout the 36-hour campaign.  Generous donors funded other important giving designations, including the Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) & the Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI), Legal Clinics, The Friedman Institute for Securities and Corporate Law (FISCL), Law Annual Fund and Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) and Diversity Fund.

The campaign launched with a kick-off BASH on Tuesday, April 2, at RJS LAW hosted by Board of Visitors member and adjunct faculty member, Ronson J. Shamoun, ’98 (BAA), ’02 (JD), ’03 (LLM).  Law Firm Challenge firm Gomez Trial Attorneys and Board of Visitors member, John Gomez, ’ 89 (BBA), co-sponsored the most successful kickoff event in the law school’s history at which more than $50,000 was raised, including funding for two Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) scholarships.

View complete results from the Big Give.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law 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 law 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 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year 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, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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