Critical To Our Future

A Message from the Law Campaign Co-Chairs

Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends of the Law School:

This is an historic time for the University of Chicago Law School. The Law School has recently launched the public phase of our $175 million fundraising campaign. The amount already raised in the quiet phase of the campaign surpasses that of any prior campaign. It allows us to set an unprecedented course for our alma mater. As proud alumni, we are dedicated to keeping this momentum going, and it is indeed our honor to serve as the Law Campaign Co-Chairs.

Philanthropy has allowed our Law School to grow and flourish. The gifts that we have received in this campaign have made it possible for students to afford the best legal education in the nation. They have made it possible for our faculty and students to do important research that has had a global impact. They have enabled our students to obtain an education that blends the academic rigor that is the sine qua non of the University of Chicago with opportunities to take that knowledge and make a difference in the community and in the world of business. In short, our Law School remains at the forefront of legal education because of that extra margin of excellence that philanthropy and the involvement of our alumni and committed friends provide.

The members of our Campaign Cabinet have joined us as early investors in this campaign, and the reasons for giving reflect the wide range of our many alumni donors. We recognize the Law School’s unique approach to leveraging the strengths of the University to take students beyond the traditional borders of legal training, and we value the new emphasis on nontraditional leadership and business skills that will foster success across a range of fields. Above all, we believe in the direction charted by our Dean and our faculty that is simultaneously ambitious, forward-looking, and faithful to our heritage.

Simply put, our goal is to do everything in our power to enable the Law School to pursue eminence in an increasingly competitive world. Resources are required to make this happen. While our success thus far is extraordinarily encouraging we need to be even more ambitious in the future. Everyone can be involved—by making gifts large or small, designated to an area that is particularly meaningful to you or left unrestricted for the greatest flexibility. As you will see from the Campaign Priorities, the Annual Fund is, in itself, a vital ongoing concern. We hope that you will join us over the next five years in stretching to make gifts that are significant and meaningful and that reflect the Law School as one of your top philanthropic priorities.

We also hope you will join us to hear more at the All-Alumni Wine Mess in Chicago on Friday, May 1, and then as the Law School travels around the country to alumni events in the coming year. We will continue to share the news of our progress in these pages and on our website. We encourage you to watch the campaign video, catch our enthusiasm, and help us spread the word.


Dan Doctoroff, ’84
University Trustee 
Debbie Cafaro, ’82
University Trustee