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Partners in Excellence Demonstrate Generosity

JANUARY 7, 2008—The Law School's Partners in Excellence Annual Fund drive is off to a great start, thanks to the generous gifts and pledges already received from friends and alumni. Halfway through the 2007-2008 fiscal year contributions have reached $367,613.90, compared with $309,905.28 received by the same date last year.

Overall giving to the Law School from alumni, friends, law firms, corporations, and foundations is also up dramatically. According to Scotty Mann, Director of Development in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, the current figure of $3,453,768 already exceeds the 2006-07 total of $2,391,368 by over 44%. The increase is driven both by several significant major gifts and commitments and the collective generosity of many alumni and friends making more modest contributions.

The Partners in Excellence Annual Fund provides support for expanded teaching, learning, research, and outreach opportunities. It was inaugurated in 1968 to support faculty hiring and retention, and the program quickly expanded to help fund other important projects and initiatives. Contributions to the Annual Fund provide the Law School with essential flexibility to respond to immediate needs.

With today's ever-decreasing state funding (now constituting less than 10% of the Law School's operating budget), the Law School depends on increased annual and endowment contributions from alumni and friends to remain at the forefront of legal education. This year's surge in giving is providing critical resources to help ensure the Law School's future success.

James J. Bender (class of 1981), senior vice president and general counsel of Williams Energy in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is National Chair for the 2007-2008 Partners in Excellence campaign, which ends June 30, 2008.

To download a PDF of last year's (2006-2007) annual report, click here.

For more information or to make your contribution today, visit http://www.law.umn.edu/giving.html.