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Judge David Doty ('61) Scholarship Fund: A Model in Giving

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Judge David S. Doty


To commemorate his 80th birthday last summer, Judge David S. Doty ('61) established a Law School scholarship fund in his name to help reduce the debt of graduates and to encourage students who, like himself, enter law school with previous career experience. He learned the importance of leading by example in the military, the Judge said, and he hoped that his gift would encourage others to support students, especially in light of the drastic decrease in state funding for education in recent years.

His example has encouraged others. When his former clerks Barbara Berens ('90) and Randall Kahnke ('89) heard about the scholarship, they decided not only to make their own generous contributions but to encourage fellow clerks past and present to contribute to the scholarship to honor Judge Doty's service and mentorship.

"For years, Judge Doty has brought to the bench the practical wisdom that he started developing in his career before law school," Kahnke says. "Now, his scholarship will help others who take a similar career path bring their diverse experiences to our profession." Berens adds: "A contribution to the Judge's scholarship is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the Judge and his substantial contributions to the Law School, the bench, his law clerks, and other attorneys."

On April 19, 2010, many of his clerks, friends, and family members joined Judge Doty at a reception in the Law School's Lindquist & Vennum Conference room to celebrate establishment of the scholarship. Professor Fred Morrison, Dean David Wippman, Berens, and Kahnke presented tributes to Judge Doty, and he talked about the wonderful people he has worked with over the years and the difference his Law School education has made in his life.

To date, law clerks and friends have followed the Judge's example and made contributions that have more than doubled the initial gift, and additional gifts continue to arrive.

And, the Dotys themselves have committed another significant gift to the scholarship fund. The Law School deeply appreciates David and Mary Doty's generous support and their inspiration to others.

If you would like to make a gift or pledge to honor Judge Doty, please contact Jill Seguin at jmseguin@umn.edu or (612) 624-2176, or donate online at www.giving.umn.edu/law (mark "Doty Scholarship" in memo area).

Judge Doty ('61) with his former clerks, Randall Kahnke ('89) and Barbara Berens ('90)

Judge Doty ('61) with his former clerks, Randall Kahnke ('89) and Barbara Berens ('90)