2014 Class Gift: Why I Give

Each donor has a unique reason for choosing to make a gift to the Law School. Members of the Class of 2014 and recent alumni describe why they give back:

"Why I give to the Law School is simple: I am grateful for my time here, and I want to help others have the opportunity to attend and be part of the amazing opportunities it has to offer. You could be helping to make it economically feasible for a prospective student to attend or ensuring the clinics continue to provide unparalleled, real world experience to future lawyers. However you choose to allocate your donation, giving is such a wonderful, powerful act."
—  Rachel Betts 14

"One year is a short time to make yourself feel at home, but plenty of time to find a family! Many members of the UChicago Law School and the Class of 2014 have become like family to me. It has more to do with the warmth of the place (metaphorically, of course) and its culture, than the length of the time we spent here as students. I would want to foster and nurture the relationships I have made this year for the rest of my life. This is a small way of showing my gratitude to this community, which welcomed and supported me this year. Even if a miniscule part of what I have given back helps another student to become a member of the UChicago Law School community, I will feel like my bond with this place has deepened."
—  Mishita Jethi, LLM 14

"I give because in the future I want to be as proud as I am right now to have studied at The Law School."
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Analuz Sanchez Mejorada Raab, LLM 14

"I truly wish that I could extend the time that I have spent at the University of Chicago Law School. Reasons being: the close knit community, the intellectual challenge, stimulating seminars, Keystone Program events and knowing that I am not a number, but an individual at the School. I have met wonderful friends, friendships I will take with me. The professors who have taught me and who haven't taught me but who I know have made my stay here truly remarkable and memorable. Getting through the winter of January and February is an achievement too! But all in all, why I give is because it is my School, it is a place I have felt accepted, and I have too many great memories, so this cannot be goodbye or farewell, but a start to a beautiful journey ahead."
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Antoinette-Rita Okoiye, LLM 14

“When I take a step back from the daily grind of law school, I realize how incredibly fortunate I am to have had the opportunity to go to The University of Chicago Law School. It has been an absolute privilege to be a part of this community, and as members of a community we have obligations to the next generation. I donated to the class gift to keep faith with that obligation and ensure that future classes have even greater opportunities than we did.”
Harry Rimalower ’13

"I will not look back on my Law School years as my favorite educational experience--blame my love affair with my college. That is, I do not donate as a way to express my enjoyment of my experience, but rather my appreciation of it. The Law School is a place where students can actually help improve our community. In the last three years I saw students create a vibrant Law Students for Reproductive Justice Chapter, help 1L women practice their interviewing skills with alums, finally get a few working microwaves, and many other things. Think of your class gift--which can be designated to a particular use--as a way to help future students further the kind of change you'd want to see!"
Jaime Willis ’13

"I feel like the Law School has a great environment and community and I am very happy to contribute what I can to help improve that even further. I also like to feel connected with the Law School and a multi-year pledge is one way to remind me of my time at school." 

’13 LL.M. Student

“Although we all love the Coase Theorem, it does not keep the lights on! Professors are often praised as the reason why people love the Law School, and rightfully so. However, I give to show my praise for the staff that are often overlooked and upraised, yet equally make the Law School the place it is.”
Ryan Dunigan ’12

“I give to the University of Chicago Law School because the Law School is where I found my power and my voice in the world, and how I wanted to use that power and voice to change it. I started law school certain that I was the dumbest person there; certain that my incredibly intelligent classmates and professors would look down on me or dismiss me. I left confident in the skills I learned and sharpened; sure, after participating in the Clinic, of my career path; unafraid, after engaging every day with the likes of Cass Sunstein, Richard Epstein, David Strauss, and a few hundred other brilliant minds, to make myself heard to anyone. My time at the Law School empowered me in ways that continue to benefit me every day. And on top of that, I met my future husband in our Bigelow Section 1L year.”
Heidi Mueller ’07