Vanderbilt Lawyer - Volume 37, Number 2

Fall 2008 Giving Report

A Message of Thanks from Alyssa Wilcox, Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations

Alyssa Wilcox

Recently, the law school received several important gifts and pledges totaling $6.5 million from three visionary donors. Nationally renowned Arkansas complex litigation attorney Gene Cauley, '93, has endowed the S. Gene Cauley University Chair, an interdisciplinary chair designated for a law professor who also holds a primary faculty appointment in at least one other Vanderbilt school. In addition, two alumni who have asked to remain anonymous have provided significant gifts for the law school's successful Law & Business Program, permanently endowing the John S. Beasley II Chair in Law & Business and providing for a new Dean's Chair in Law. These very generous investments in our programs and faculty enable us to recruit and retain the best teachers and legal scholars available, and we thank these individuals for making these gifts possible.

In conjunction with faculty support, the law school has also received three endowed student scholarships. Nashville resident Lee Smith, '67, created the M. Lee Smith Scholarship, designated for students who subscribe to the philosophy of civility and moderation in the law and government. James G. Lewis, '90, has fully endowed a scholarship through the Lewis Warburg Foundation. Finally, Drs. Leonard and Phyllis Schlesinger, appreciative parents of alumna Emily Schlesinger, '05, have established a family scholarship.

Though these transformational gifts are critical to the school's mission, I also want to celebrate the generosity of all law school alumni this past fiscal year. I'm proud to announce that vuls alumni ranked as the campus's biggest givers in two ways. Law graduates had the highest proportion of alumni among all the schools on campus who gave both to their school and to the university more broadly in fiscal year 2008. Nearly 1,000 more law alumni contributed in FY08 than in FY07, a 30-percent increase. You've set a high bar for alumni of every other Vanderbilt school. We are approaching the level of philanthropy of our competitors, and I feel fortunate to be working with you on behalf of Vanderbilt Law School.

Thank you for your incredible loyalty to this special law school. I'm convinced that Vanderbilt is unlike any other law school in the nation in that we attract top-tier legal scholars, who offer a first-rate legal education to top-achieving students from all over the country, while preserving a warm, collegial atmosphere. Thanks again for all you do to have a meaningful and positive impact on the law school now and in the future.

Alyssa Wilcox
Assistant Dean, Development & Alumni Relations