Law Fund Giving

Dear Alumni & Friends,

To all of you who have made gifts to the Law Fund this year – thank you! Over the course of our first year as national Law Fund co-chairs, it has been wonderful to see the swell of support from thousands of alumni and the powerful impact that we all have on the School of Law.

We are delighted to report that the Law Fund raised $996,709 from 1,620 donors in the fiscal year that concluded onJune 30, 2013. Thanks to your generosity, that represents a 4.3% increase over last year and continues a three-year trend of increasing support for the Law Fund. This continued support from alumni and friends is proof of the School’s terrific momentum, and we hope you will do your part to ensure that it continues next year and beyond.

As you now know, the School of Law has publicly launched the Building on Excellence Campaign, the $80 million comprehensive effort to improve the campus with the construction of the Sumner M. Redstone Building and complete renovation of the tower; increase scholarship and financial aid support for students; enhance and maintain our superb faculty; expand and diversity academic programming; and provide essential unrestricted support through the Law Fund.  The Law Fund was made one of the five priorities because of its importance to the School of Law.  We will only succeed in reaching our Law Fund goal through the generous support from even more alumni over the next several years.  Your annual gifts to the Law Fund are put to immediate use by Dean O’Rourke for many important initiatives, including public interest fellowships for graduating students, additional scholarship support, expanded clinical programs, and student/faculty collaborations, just to mention a few.

We have very much enjoyed our first year as the national Law Fund co-chairs, and we are excited for the coming year.  Please plan to join us this new fiscal year in supporting our great institution with an unrestricted gift to the Law Fund.  We thank you for all you do for BU Law, and wish you all the best as we head into the holiday season.

Warmest regards,

Linda Peterson (’76)
Associate General Counsel
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Los Angeles, CA  

Mike Schell (’76)
Vice Chairman – Global Banking
Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
New York, NY

The Law Fund had another excellent year, finishing 4.3% higher than last year at $996,709 from 1,620 donors. Special recognition goes to the School’s 17 benefactors at the Presidential Society level ($10,000 or more) whose giving totaled $251,560 or 25% of the total raised this year for the Fund.

Gifts Donors

Law Fund Giving Programs

Presidential Giving Society

To recognize the importance of unrestricted support as a priority of the comprehensive Building on Excellence Campaign and the impact of such giving at the highest levels, the law school is honored to acknowledge those loyal supporters who made an unrestricted cash gift during the fiscal year (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) at the presidential giving society levels.

President’s Circle – $25,000 or more

The Estate of Patricia M. Aronowitz
Philip S. Beck
Lisa G. Beckerman
Robert T. Butler
Gerard H. Cohen
Leo J. Cushing
The Estate of John F. Donahue
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Ellen J. Flannery
Richard Cartier Godfrey
Robert B. Goldfarb
William H. Kleh
Charles W. Lamar Family Foundation
Nathan B. Mandelbaum and Sheree Mandelbaum
The Law Offices of Mandelbaum & Mandelbaum
Peter McCausland & Bonnie F. McCausland
The McCausland Family Foundation
Hugh R. McCombs
Kenneth P. Morrison
Maureen A. O'Rourke
Sumner M. Redstone
J. Michael Schell and Kathleen O. Schell
The Schell Family Foundation
The Simmons Family Foundation
Paul R. Sugarman
Xinhua H. Zhang

President’s Associates – $10,000 to $24,999

Mary A. Akerson
Susan H. Alexander
Howard S. Altarescu
John P. Barylick
Michael B. Berman
Edward W. Brooke
Lansing E. Crane
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Stephen V. Dubin
Ernest J. Gallo
Anthony M. Feeherry
Samuel M. Fineman
Michael D. Fricklas & Donna J. Astion
The Estate of A. Vincent Harper
Frederick M. Heimberg & Paul E. Heimberg
Peter S. Linden
Edward D. McCarthy
Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Samuel S. Perlman
Linda S. Peterson & A.G. Wesman
Bettina B. Plevan
Paul Saltzman
John K. Skrypak
Donald A. Stern
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
Oscar A. Wasserman
Jeffrey D. Woolf

The School of Law deeply appreciates those donors whose commitment to this institution and trust in its leadership inspires them to make their annual gifts to the School completely unrestricted to the Law Annual Fund.

2013 Class Gift

Each year, the graduating class has an opportunity to leave its mark on Boston University School of Law by participating in the Class Gift. In supporting this effort, students not only show their school – and class – pride, but also have an impact on BU Law’s programs.

The 2013 graduating class had a participation rate of 13.8% and raised $3,075 for the School. In addition, Gerry Cohen (’62) provided a match worth $4,000, bringing the total raised for the 2013 Class Gift to $7,075. Thank you to the 58 class donors and especially to the Class Gift committee [insert link to alumni volunteers page] for all their hard work.

Reunion Giving

The reunion giving cycle spans a two-year period (the fiscal year prior and the fiscal year of the fall Reunion celebration), and this year the reunion classes raised a total of $904,919 (Law Fund and non-Law Fund gifts). The class of 1962 raised the most money this year with an impressive $508,556 – breaking a record for the 50th Reunion set by the class of 1953 ten years ago. Well done to all the participating classes!


Thanks you to all who attended and contributed and especially to the 54 reunion committee members [insert link to alumni volunteers]. We look forward to seeing you all again in five years!

Law Firm Challenge

The Law Firm Challenge (LFC) builds the BU Law community at firms with five or more graduates by having firms compete for the highest total dollars raised and the highest participation rate. It creates a sense of community among graduates, enhances firm pride, increases the firms’ reputation among BU Law students, and educates alumni about current activities at the law school. There were 8 LFC captains for FY13. [insert link to alumni volunteers page]

We tracked 134 firms for the LFC in FY13 with a total of 1,753 alumni. Of this group, there were 284 donors for a participation rate of 16.2%. LFC donors gave a total of $1,244,240 in both Law Fund and non-Law Fund gifts.

Law Firm Challenge

Congratulations to all of our LFC winners!

Firms with 500 or more Attorneys
Dollars Raised
1st Place: Kirkland & Ellis LLP: $871,484.77
2nd Place: Akin Gump Stauss Hauer & Feld LLP: $60,200

Participation Rate
1st Place: Akerman Senterfitt LLP: 56%
2nd Place: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP: 44%

Firms with 100 – 499 Attorneys
Dollars Raised
1st Place: Brown Rudnick LLP: $4,475
2nd Place: Robinson & Cole LLP: $2,850

Participation Rate
1st Place: Sedgwick LLP: 50%
2nd Place: McCarter & English LLP: 38%

Firms with 25 – 99 Attorneys
Dollars Raised
1st Place: Riemer & Braunstein LLP: $3,120.12
2nd Place: McClane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton: $2,200

Participation Rate
1st Place: McClane, Graf, Raulerson, & Middleton: 43%
2nd Place: Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP: 40%

Firms with 5 – 24 Attorneys
Dollars Raised
1st Place: Sugarman and Sugarman PC - $45,090.38
2nd Place: Craig and Macauley PC - $10,000

Participation Rate
1st Place: Desmond, Strang & Scott LLP: 100%
2nd Place: Ruberto, Israel & Weiner PC: 40%

If you are interested in representing your firm in the LFC, please contact the Esdaile Alumni Center at 617.353.3118 or