Law Firm/Corporate Giving

Blueprint Benefactors

Dear Colleagues,

Each year, Duke Law School's Alumni & Development Office coordinates the efforts of our faculty, staff and student organizations when soliciting law firm sponsorships through our Blueprint Benefactors Program. Each of the featured events and programs provides great opportunities for students to build relationships, engage intellectually, and practice professionalism. These goals, among others, are highlighted in the Duke Law Blueprint – a powerful set of principles for leadership growth that is integrated into every aspect of our community.

The Blueprint Benefactors Program provides you the opportunity to review our Menu of Sponsorship Opportunities at Duke Law and provides us an opportunity to consistently and visibly thank our sponsors. Law firms participating in the program receive institutional and event recognition as a sponsor and the opportunity for meaningful interaction with our students, thus raising your firm's profile and deepening its engagement with the Duke Law community.

I encourage you to support Duke Law School's students and faculty through a sponsorship for the 2014-2015 academic year. In preparation for this academic year, we have created a menu of events, symposia, programs and clinical research for your firm to consider as sponsorship opportunities. I hope your firm will fund one or more of the menu items. Sponsorships provided by your firm directly support all or a portion of the event(s). Should there be money left over from your contribution at the end of the fiscal year, the extra funds will be used to generally support the students at Duke Law School.

As the program is designed to be first come, first serve, I encourage you to review the opportunities early. If this type of program should be handled by someone else at your firm, I encourage you to pass this webpage along. Once you have done so, a member of our Alumni and Development Office will contact you. If this type of program should be handled by someone else at your firm, I encourage you to pass this webpage along. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Shivar, Annual Giving Coordinator, by email or phone 919-613-7010.


Jeff D. Coates
Associate Dean for Alumni & Development

Learn more about the Blueprint

For more information, please contact Kate Shivar at

Sponsors Needed for the Following Programs


The Annual Triangle Law & Economics Society

Sponsored by:

Hosted by the Law & Economics Society, the conference highlights legal, business, public policy, and empirical scholarship within the field of law and economics in relation to a central legal issue or theme to together students, faculty, and practitioners devoted to the generative study, practice, and application of law and economics.

Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Graduate Gavel Ceremony

Sponsored by:

During this annual event held in front of BLSA members, faculty and family, graduating BLSA members are presented with gavels to honor their achievement of graduating from Duke Law School. This ceremony also includes the awarding of a summer grant to a 1L student who is taking on an unpaid summer position and who has demonstrated leadership by balancing a commitment to BLSA, to the Duke community, to the Durham community, and to his/her academic achievement. Sponsorships will cover the summer grant and the Graduate Gavel Ceremony.

Blueprint for Professional Success

Sponsored by:

Join the Career Center and law firms from around the country for this interactive and educational night with Duke Law School's Class of 2015 as they look ahead to their 1L summer work and interviewing for their 2L summer. During the three hour evening educational and networking event, you'll have the chance to provide informal advice to students in multiple settings while establishing personal relationships for the future. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about your organization as they start planning for interviewing as a 2L. Multiple sponsorships up to $2,500 are needed. Please contact Erin Biggerstaff at for further details.

Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law Symposium

Sponsored by:

Investment in emerging markets has the potential to foster the growth and development of emerging economies, provide much needed capital and expertise in a variety of infrastructure arenas, and to promote increased cooperation and collaboration between countries and between public and private parties. The Symposium, Investment in Emerging Markets: The Challenges of Infractructure Development, seeks to answer: 1) What is and what creates a ripe investment environment? and 2) What makes a transaction financeable?  Through greater understanding of current challenges and proposed solutions, the Symposium hopes to inspire strategies for wise and sustainable investments in infrastructure development.

Duke Law School Centers and Programs

Duke Law's centers and programs promote research and scholarship on a variety of current and globally relevant issues. Please view the centers and programs section of the website to learn more about the different centers and programs at Duke Law. Sponsorships are available starting at $2,500.

Duke Law School Clinical Program

Working together in the clinical suite, the real-client clinical courses operate as a public interest law firm, providing students challenging opportunities to deepen their substantive legal knowledge, strengthen their lawyering skills, and build their professional identities. Please view the clinics section of the website to learn more about the different clinics at Duke Law. Sponsorships are available starting at $2,500.

Duke Law Innocence Project

Sponsored by:

The DLIP invites firms to be a year-long sponsor of its training, activities and programs.  DLIP is the school’s largest student organization, which works to address wrongful convictions in the criminal justice system.  We seek sponsors of any level for funding needs totaling $10,000 for the academic year.

Duke Law Journal Sponsorships

Lead Sponsor:

Additional sponsorship provided by:

The Duke Law Journal (DLJ) seeks sponsorships to assist with its editing and programming responsibilities.

The Duke Law Journal will publish its sixty-third volume in 2013-2014. In addition to publishing eight issues consisting of both student notes and articles and essays by new and established professors, the DLJ has several exciting programs and activities planned for the school year. Sponsorships will support the following programs and activities: New Staff Editor Orientation; Callback Panel for New Journal Members; Note Writing Panel for 2Ls; Author Presentations; Lunchtime Student Presentations; DLJ's 44th Annual Administrative Law Symposium.

Sponsorship Opportunities

$15,000 - Lead Sponsor for the 2013-14 academic year includes recognition at all DLJ events
$2,500 - Up to four sponsorships for individual events

The Duke Law Variety Show

Sponsored by:

One of the best-known law student-produced theatre productions in the nation, The Duke Law Variety Show is an annual event based loosely on the exploits of one of Duke Law’s most (in)famous alumni—Richard Nixon. Featured in The New York Times and local papers, it has received rave reviews and become a vital and beloved tradition to the student body. Eagerly anticipated by students and faculty alike, it never fails to fill the performance venue to capacity, usually selling out days in advance. With attendance at this year’s event anticipated to reach over 400 students and faculty, sponsorship of can provide your firm significant exposure with the Duke Law student body and make the continuation of this great tradition possible.

ESQ Career Symposium: Organized by the Business Law Society

Lead Sponsor:

ESQ is an annual event at which Duke Law students meet alumni to discuss career opportunities in business and transactional law. This event is the largest annual conference at Duke Law and is focused on bringing together students and distinguished alumni to discuss a broad range of career-related topics. For many first year students, this event will serve as their initial exposure to the variety of firms in the legal marketplace. This event also provides firms with an opportunity to introduce themselves and their representatives to students. Alumni speak on panels organized by themes relevant to student interests (for example: business litigation; mergers & acquisitions, fund formation). Afterwards, the alumni network with students.  Last year, over 200 students and 40 alumni participated. Multiple sponsorships are needed for this event that will take place in January 2015.

The Human Rights Law Society Sponsorship

Sponsored by:

The Human Rights Law Society is committed to increasing awareness in the Duke Law community about human rights issues, both within the United States and internationally. With the arrival of the Human Rights Law Clinic in the Spring of 2014 and the addition a human rights classes to the law school curriculum, we hope to increase our presence in the Duke Law community through Speaker Events and coordination with student groups within in the law school and the larger Duke community. We hope to foster substantive discussion of the intersection of legal aspects of human rights with fields ranging from philosophy to economics. Sponsorships are available.

Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Law Society: IP Symposium

Sponsored by:

The annual Hot Topics in Intellectual Property Symposium will once again focus on cutting edge issues in intellectual property law. This symposium, run entirely by the students, provides opportunities for discussion and interaction among Duke students and faculty, visiting professors, legal practitioners, and technology industry leaders. Previous year's symposia have focused on "The Transfer of IP Technology Post-Copenhagen" and "New Frontiers in Online Trademark: Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) and Non-Roman Domains." Sponsorships of $2,500 are needed for this event.

Law Firm Scholarships

Support law student(s) by establishing a merit-based scholarship in your law firm's name. Sponsorships of $10,000 or more are needed.

Mock Trial Tournaments

Sponsored by:

Because of their recent success, the Duke Mock Trial Team has been invited to a record number of tournaments. Help the team as they compete around the country in various tournaments. Sponsorships of $2,500 are needed for these events.

Moot Court End of the Year Banquet

Sponsored by:

This annual end of the year Awards Banquet brings together the Duke Law Moot Court Community, both students and sponsoring alumni. It celebrates the Moot Court Board's successes for the year, introduces the incoming leadership board, and is a send off for the graduating 3L board members. One (1) sponsorship of $2,500 is needed for this event.

Moot Court-Hardt Cup

Sponsored by:

The entire first year class is required to participate in this moot court competition as part of their 1L Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing curriculum. Judges from state and federal appeals courts come to Duke Law to judge the final rounds of competition. For most students, the Hardt Cup is their first experience with oral argument and moot court competition, as well as an opportunity to develop their oral advocacy skills. At the end of the competition, the top 1% of finishers will be invited to join the Moot Court Board. One (1) sponsorship of $2,500 is needed for this competition.

Moot Court Speaker Series

Sponsored by:

The Duke Law Moot Court Board would like to invite various speakers to come share with the Duke Law Community about their experiences in legal careers that deal with oral argument and appellate litigation. This lunchtime speaker series will provide students with the invaluable opportunity to learn more from experienced practitioners in the field. One (1) sponsorship of $2,500 is needed for this speaker series.

OutLaw Ally & Safe Space Training / National Coming Out Day

Sponsored by:

OutLaw is hosting five sessions of Ally and Safe Space training for faculty and students as well as a law school-specific coming out event. Building a robust and respectful ally network is one of OutLaw's biggest commitments in the upcoming year. Through it, straight-identified allies and LGBT/Q people can actively express their affirmation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. For faculty, displaying the Ally symbol signifies that their space is safe to talk about LGBT/Q issues and concerns. For students, the decision to be "out" or reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity is particularly challenging within the legal space, and providing this necessary training cultivates a culture that is supportive and understanding. Sponsorship of $2,500 is needed

OutLaw Lavender Law Sponsorship

Sponsored by:

Lavender Law is the only annual event that is specifically catered toward the professional concerns of LGBT law students. The three-day event is held in San Francisco this year and OutLaw needs sponsors to help cover the cost of four nights of hotels, registration, and airfare. This is a truly unique experience for a students to engage with future employers, attend events that specifically affect LGBT attorneys, and gain exposure to cutting-edge areas of practice that are developing in areas of family law and policies impacting transgendered communities. Sponsorship will help cover the costs of attendance for members of OutLaw, one of the fastest growing student groups at Duke Law. Two (2) sponsorships of $2500 are needed for this event.

OutLaw Platinum Sponsorship

Sponsored by:

OutLaw is seeking funding to support both its lengthy programming schedule this year as well as the relaunching and rebranding of its website. The undertakings planned include Academic Events such as a Post-Perry/Windsor review, Debate on the Red Cross's Anti-LGBT Blood Donation Policies, discussion on High School Bullying and the banning of High School LGBT groups, a gay faculty luncheon; impact events such as co-hosting North Carolina Pride festivities with Duke's LGBT Center and the Graduate and Professional Student Council; targeted career events including the production of the "OutLawed Guide to 1L success" featuring Summer 1L Job/Resume Workship and peer-to-peer practice interviews; and a whole host of other events.

Additionally, portions of the funds will go to cover the expenses associated with rebranding, producing, maintaining and hosting the new Duke OutLaw website, featuring interactive guides to LGBT-friendly employers. As an added bonus, sponsorship this year will place the funding firm as a Platinum-level sponsor on the Duke OutLaw website for five years as well as co-hosting status of all OutLaw events for the 2012-2013 academic year. One (1) sponsorship of $5,000 is needed.

OutLaw Symposium on Transexuality and Society

Sponsored by:

Duke OutLaw is hosting a symposium on the challenges that the transexual community faces in both our society as a whole as well as within the Queer community itself. Despite a larger movement within the United States for employment equality and discrimination protection for LGBT citizens, general recognition of gay rights in pop culture, and a--albeit pending--potentially landmark decision in the US Supreme Court on the hot button issue of marriage equality, it is often unacceptable in most places for a transgendered individual to simply exist. While society should be applauded for its rapid integration of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, there is still a lingering hesitency in even discussing transexual and transgender rights, problems, and issues facing these communities. This symposium seeks to shatter the silence with open and honest discussions of the trans community as well as the barriers that it faces. One (1) to Two (2) Sponsorships of $2,500 are needed for this event.

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 19th Annual Auction & Gala

Sponsored by:

The PILF Auction & Gala is the organization's most profitable fundraising activity. It is also one of the Law School's premiere social events - over 400 Law School Community Members attended last year! The event also coincides with Duke Law Parents' Weekend in February.

One (1) sponsorship of $5,000 is needed in order to NAME the event for the year AND supporting sponsorships are also needed.

You can also support PILF in a number of addittional ways:

  • Attend the Auction & Gala in February
  • Donate an item for the auction
  • Bid on an auction item in the auction

Sports & Entertainment Law Society: Fourth Annual Symposium

Sponsored by:

The Fourth Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium will provide meaningful opportunity for discussion and interaction among Duke students, visiting professors, legal practitioners, and industry leaders. Panels and speakers will once again focus on recent legal developments in the sports and entertainment industries. Last year’s topic "The Changing Economics of the Sports and Entertainment Industries," was the best attended to date. Sponsorship opportunities begin at $2,500 for this event.

Women Law Students Association (WLSA)

Sponsored by:

WLSA is organizing a series of eight events related to Professional Skills and Pathways to Success, highlighted by a workshop entitled "Mastering Negotiation Skills: Advocating for Yourself." A total of $3,500 is needed for these events.

Sponsorships Secured for the Following Programs


Dedicated to Durham

Sponsored by: King & Spalding

Dedicated to Durham is a school-wide community service tradition that takes place every semester. Faculty and students come together to work on community service sites throughout the city of Durham. These involve up to twenty sites and activities include building a fence in a public park, planting a community garden, and helping out the local food bank, among others. After a full day's work, participants return to the Law School for a reception. One (1) sponsorship of $5,000 is needed for this event.


Sponsored by David W. Ichel and Mario A. Ponce of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

LEAD Week is a week-long orientation for 210 JDs and 100 LLM students to Duke Law School. The programming each day is designed to highlight a different principle of the Duke Law Blueprint. For example, in the beginning of the week, we host a student-alumni professionalism luncheon (Practice Professionalism), and mid-week, we collaborate with the Duke Bar Association to coordinate an all-school community service event throughout Durham (Serve the Community). Support of LEAD Week links the sponsor to Duke Law's core values and provides the sponsor with exposure to all incoming students, upper-class student leaders and many alumni of Duke Law School.









Benefits of Becoming a Blueprint Benefactor

Diamond Member - $25,000+

Recognition as a Diamond Member in printed, marketing, and online materials pertaining to event and Blueprint Benefactors program
  • Opportunity to send representatives from your firm to select sponsored events

Platinum Member - $15,000

Recognition as a Platinum Member in printed, marketing and online materials pertaining to event and Blueprint Benefactors program
  • Opportunity to send representatives from your firm to select sponsored events

Gold Member - $10,000

Recognition as a Gold Member in printed, marketing, and online materials pertaining to event and Blueprint Benefactors program
  • Opportunity to send representatives from your firm to select sponsored events

Silver Member - $5,000

Recognition as a Silver Member in printed, marketing, and online materials pertaining to event and Blueprint Benefactors program
  • Opportunity to send a representative from your firm to select sponsored events

Bronze Member - $2,500

Recognition as a Bronze Member in printed, marketing, and online materials pertaining to event and Blueprint Benefactors program
  • Opportunity to send a representative from your firm to select sponsored events

Additional benefits include recognition:

  • On the Duke Law website and in printed and online materials pertaining to sponsored event
  • On a wall dedicated to sponsors at the Law School
  • On plasma screen televisions around the Law School
  • In annual Honor Roll of Donors included in Duke Law Magazine


Student Process for Finding Firm Sponsorship

Duke Law Blueprint Benefactors provides student groups a way to effectively develop and maintain productive and lasting partnerships with law firms. We want to ensure that each firm's experience is positive and that donors understand the value of their contributions and are recognized appropriately for their support of your Duke Law event(s). In order to streamline this process, it is important that you coordinate any fundraising efforts with the Alumni and Development Office (ADO). We are here to assist you and have experience and knowledge to share.

Possible Ways to Contact firms

There are several ways to obtain firm sponsorship; however the starting point should always be an electronic inquiry through our online form or directly to Kate Shivar at

  • If your summer employer or other contact has already agreed to sponsor an event, congratulations! Please submit all sources of funding - law firm or otherwise - to ADO, so we may appropriately recognize your sponsor(s) through our correspondence and publications. Please still complete the online form or email Kate Shivar at with firm name, contact, event date, sponsorship amount.
  • If you have not yet developed a firm relationship and would like to reach out for funding, ADO can provide the resources to make your solicitation efforts more targeted and ultimately more effective. We are happy to identify interested firms and provide contacts. Though we never guarantee firm sponsorship, we do understand what firms are seeking from these partnerships and can help you showcase the aspects of your event that are most relevent to sponsors.

Blueprint Student Process

  1. Meet with ADO to discuss needs; we can direct you to events for planning assistance if needed.
  2. Before inviting speakers, get approval and, if needed, recommendations from ADO.
  3. Once budget and date are approved, draft a letter making the case for sponsorship. Why is your event important? Why should a firm sponsor it? How will their money be used? NOTE: Firm sponsorships are NOT for travel fees of speakers or honorariums.
  4. Get letter approval by ADO.
  5. Begin solicitations with approved contacts from ADO. DO NOT SOLICIT ANY FIRM WITHOUT ADO APPROVAL
  6. Let ADO know of any confirmed sponsorships, and we will provide an invoice for the firm.
  7. Include the firm on any marketing and promotional materials related to the event.
  8. THANK the firm with a letter!

Proposal Form

If you would like to be featured on the Blueprint Benefactors Menu of Sponsorship Opportunities, please submit the online proposal form. Please complete this form as soon as possible. Many firms have preferred times of year for making contributions, and we want you to have many opportunities available to you. It is never too early to start thinking about this year's or next year's event(s). Please also include as many details as possible in your online submission, including approximate date of event, organization contact, budget and agenda or program.

Once your completed proposal form is in our hands, we will work to match your needs through a personalized solicitation plan. We are available to help you prepare individual proposals as well as to answer any questions you may have. Again, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee funding at this time. Please contact us early and in detail. Please also make use of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) to help identify alternate or additional funding sources.

If your event does not have funding one month prior to your event, we may remove the event from the menu and contact your organization to make other arrangements.


2014-2015 Benefactors

Diamond Members - $25,000+
Platinum Members - $15,000
Gold Members - $10,000

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Silver Members - $5,000

King & Spalding

Bronze Members - $2,500


Honorable Mention

The following firms, not listed above, have hosted Law School events during the 2014-2015 academic year at locations around the world, or made additional gifts to the School:
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin



2013-2014 Benefactors

Diamond Members - $25,000+


Platinum Members - $15,000

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Gold Members - $10,000


Silver Members - $5,000

Altec Industries


Bank of America

Crawford & Company

Dechert LLP


General Electric

Girard Gibbs LLP

Hogan Lovells

Home Depot

King & Spalding

Liberty Media

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Berstein, LLP


Microsoft Corporation

Motley Rice

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi

Seeger Weiss LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company

Stone Pigman Walther Wittman LLC

Bronze Members - $2,500

Allen & Overy

Alston & Bird LLP

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

K&L Gates

Latham & Watkins LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Honorable Mention

The following firms, not listed above, have hosted Law School events during the 2013-2014 academic year at locations around the world, or made additional gifts to the School:
Baker Botts LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Faegre Daniels Baker
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Homer Bonner Jacobs
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP
Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
O'Melveney & Myers LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Vinson & Elkins
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati