USD School of Law Big Give 2020

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Thank you for caring so much!!

While our annual Day of Giving only lasted 36-Hours, the Legacy of Caring that has grown out of this year's efforts will last a lifetime for students who are living through the greatest disruption in legal education in our lifetimes. Law students are especially grateful for your generous outpouring of support, throughout the past several weeks, but most especially during the 36-Hour Day of Giving--Legacy of Caring Campaign on April 1-2, 2020.

Your contributions are providing the resources necessary to sustain law school programs throughout this year and next. Equally important, your enthusiastic support also sends a strong message, lifting the spirits of students who are trying their best to study hard, stay focused and succeed despite recent challenges.

 All of us at USD School of Law want to express our sincere appreciation to the 202 alumni, friends, faculty, and staff who contributed more than $341,000 during USD's Refocused Big Give 2020 efforts. Thank you for supporting Law Student Scholarships, Ferruolo Fellowships--Public Service, Law Student In Need Fund, Legal Clinics, Advocacy Programs, and Academic Initiatives.

A BIG THANK YOU to "Challenge Gifts" donations by Antonyan Miranda LLC, Richard Bartell '75, Bartell Hotels, Dale Giali '90 and Susan Westover-Giali '90, Gomez Trial Attorneys, Jackson Lewis P.C., John Henkel '77, Linden Root Dickinson Foundation, Jack McGrory '81, Virginia Nelson '79, Laura and Kurt '84 '87 Robinson, Ronson J. Shamoun '98 '02 '03, RJS Law-A Tax Law Firm, Lynn Schenk '70, George Strong '74, Torrey Pines Bank and Chris Wesierski '78.

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About the Big Give

The Big Give Is Still On And Means More Than Ever!

The Big Give is a 36-hour online campaign in support of USD School of Law. Last year's Big Give raised $372,901 for scholarships and academic programs. This year's seventh annual Big Give kicks off the new decade with a focus on student scholarships and Public Service Summer Law Student Fellowships.

At a time of extraordinary disruption due to the emergence of COVID-19, Stephen C. Ferruolo and the law school are doing a great deal to ensure that students at USD School of Law complete the academic year successfully. The health and safety of students, who are in the process of relocating and managing the continuation of their studies for the remainder of the current semester is our number one priority. As we endeavor to support students during these trying times, we are also reminded that our development work continues, and what we do now will directly impact the success of our students when they return to campus in the fall.

Fortunately, there is still so much that we, as alumni, can do to support the students of USD School of Law. The 7th annual Big Give campaign begins on April 1st and runs through April 2nd, 2020. It is our hope that you will join together as fellow alumni to make this giving day impactful for the future of current law students. Now more than ever it is vital that each of us takes a moment to consider how we can help. You can be sure that your sincere act of generosity during this year's Big Give will make a real difference.

Donations are applied to...

You have the option of giving to a variety of areas at the law school. The area you choose to designate your gift will receive 100 percent of your contribution; your gift will support the area of greatest need within your designation.

The highest fundraising priority is raising money for:

• Public Service Summer Law Student Fellowships — Gifts to support fellowships are essential as we work to address the growing interest in unpaid internships in the area of public interest practice. Further funding is necessary to enable USD to meet our commitment to many students who come to our law school and want to make a difference pursuing public interest law as well as to keep USD competitive with our peers in recruitment and placement results.

• Students In Need Fund — to help graduating students who are facing unforeseen financial hardships. The expenses of relocating, travel, distance learning are adding up. Many students worry about losing jobs they depend upon to support themselves now and in the future.

• Student Scholarship Fund — used to make sure that no student is ever priced out of a legal education.

• Legal Clinics —to support the legal clinics that provided over $3.5M last year in pro-bono legal services for those who cannot afford legal representation.

• Children’s Advocacy Institute —providing comprehensive policy support for vulnerable children.

Why are donations necessary?

Your gift to USD School of Law makes a big impact for our students, programs and the future of the law school. No matter the size or designation, your support plays a role in the future success of USD School of Law.