Thanks for Your Generosity in 2006

As the law school's new development director, I've been pleased to discover that Vanderbilt Law alumni show exceptional support for their alma mater. Record numbers of you contributed to the law school financially in 2006. Nearly a third of our alumni community, along with friends, firms and foundations, invested an unprecedented $925,995 in unrestricted gifts, and restricted contributions topped $2.9 million. I'd like to thank all of you for caring so deeply about Vanderbilt Law's future - and for enabling us to continue to build on our longstanding tradition of providing an excellent legal education.

In 2006, your generosity enabled the law school to extend more support to student organization activities, implement technology upgrades (I invite you to visit our redesigned Web site), expand the range of our academic programs, and add five new members to the school's talented faculty. With competition for top students more intense than ever before, Vanderbilt Law School was able to provide the financial assistance necessary to attract high-caliber students and to retain faculty members aggressively sought after by peer institutions. The entire law school is extremely grateful for this vote of confidence and outpouring of support.

Increasing Vanderbilt's elite status among the nation's law schools requires significant resources above and beyond what can be provided by tuition and endowment income alone. In fact, private gifts constitute a substantial proportion of the law school's annual budget. Without strong support from you - our alumni and friends - it would be impossible to sustain and enhance our academic distinction.

Vanderbilt law alumni have shown an outstanding level of commitment to the law school's mission and its future. However, when Vanderbilt's giving is compared with that of other top law schools, it's apparent that we have much work ahead of us. While overall alumni participation is relatively high, we have a tremendous opportunity to involve many more Vanderbilt law graduates in philanthropic support and as volunteers, mentors, potential employers, recruiters for prospective students and valued advisors.

I hope you will join us in this vital effort, as your involvement is essential if we are to reach the next level of excellence. Alumni support is critical for Vanderbilt in its teaching, research and outreach endeavors. We thank you again for your staunch loyalty and ongoing endorsement of Vanderbilt Law School. I wish you all the best in the year ahead, and I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with many of you in the coming year on behalf of Vanderbilt Law School.

Alyssa Wilcox
Assistant Dean of Development & Alumni Relations