Giving Societies

Barrister Donor Society

The Barrister Donor Society is the Law School's leadership giving society. Founded in 1975 to stimulate loyalty among alumni and to set a standard of commitment that encourages support from others, the Barrister Donor Society recognizes alumni and friends whose generous support enables Duke to maintain its status as one of the top law schools in the country.

In honor of the Society's 30th anniversary, the Law School's Board of Visitors voted to upgrade the status of this distinguished group of donors through the establishment of new giving levels. As of July 2004 (FY05), membership to the Barristers is granted to Duke Law alumni and friends who donate $2,500 or more annually to the Law School. Recent graduates of 1-5 years, judges, educators, and those who work for the government or in public service are members at $1,000 annually.

Barrister Donor Society Levels

Member $2,500 - $4,999*
Partner $5,000 - $9,999
Dean's Circle $10,000 - $24,999
The Shimm Circle $25,000 - $49,999
The Everett Circle $50,000 - $99,999
The Latty Circle $100,000+

*Recent graduates of 1-5 years, judges, educators, and those who work for the government or in public service are members at $1,000 annually.

Barrister Recognition

Barrister Donor Society members are recognized annually in the donor honor rolls, are listed on a plaque in the Law School, are invited to the annual Barrister Donor Society Reception during Reunion Weekend, and receive special invitations to Barrister events around the country.

Other Donor Giving Societies

The Lanty L. Smith Society

Named for the Law School's first $1 million donor, this society recognizes alumni and friends whose cumulative gifts and pledges to the Law School total $1 million or more.

Heritage Society

Duke University's Heritage Society honors alumni and friends who have made provisions for Duke in their wills, trusts, retirement plans, or through other types of "planned gifts."

If you would like more information about the Heritage Society, please contact Katharine B. Buchanan, Assistant Dean for Alumni & Development, at (919) 613-7217 or buchanan@law.duke.edu.

Advocate Gift Club

Created in 2014, the Advocate Gift Club recognizes donors who contribute $1,000 - $2,499 to the Law School annually.