APRIL 15, 2011—The University of Minnesota Law School announced a $70 million fund-raising campaign at its Spring Alumni Weekend reception on Friday, April 15. The campaign is projected to run for a five-year period.
The campaign theme, GENERATIONS. The Campaign for the University of Minnesota Law School, recognizes the school's tradition of educating leaders for a changing world. For more than 120 years, the Law School has graduated students who have gone on to represent the school and the profession with distinction, serving in public office at all levels, contributing to the world of private enterprise, and reaching out to the community in numerous areas of public service.
Goals of the campaign are to fund new scholarships to attract and assist the most promising students, to add faculty and expand programs in core areas of strength, and to support bold curricular innovations aimed at preparing students for an evolving legal world.
Meeting the goals is made more urgent by the imminent disappearance of state funding. Like other top public law schools, the University of Minnesota Law School is moving rapidly to financial self-sufficiency.
Half of the campaign goal has already been raised, under the leadership of campaign co-chairs Bruce Mooty ('80), a principal of Gray Plant Mooty, and Elliot S. Kaplan ('61), a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. "We're very grateful to the donors who have supported this early phase of the campaign with their generous gifts," said Law School Dean David Wippman. "We are confident that others will follow their lead."
More than 200 faculty, staff, students, and alumni attended the reception, held at the Law School. Among the speakers were the campaign co-chairs, University President Robert Bruininks, and Law Council President Catherine Kedzuf ('11).