I have been privileged to be a part of the Duke Law community for nearly 38 years. The wonderful students I have taught and gotten to know over that time — including many of you — contribute to my deep feeling of gratitude for this special place. Together with my amazing faculty colleagues, the great deans with whom I have worked, our hard-working staff, and the extended Duke Law community of family and friends, you have made this a remarkable place. These are just a few of the reasons the Law School has been my home for these many years. As an eyewitness to the Law School’s rise in both reputation and rank, I can speak from a point of authority on the matter: Duke Law School is one of the premier law schools in the world, and we continue to become stronger because of engagement and financial support from dedicated alumni and friends.
Thank you for providing the essential support needed to enhance the educational experience at Duke Law. Your gifts allow us to recruit and retain exceptional students and a faculty of national stature. You support the teaching and learning of a range of subjects, includ- ing Constitutional Law, Securities Regulation, National Security, Gender Discrimination, and Elections Law. You support our 11 clinics, including the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, which has helped six individuals gain release from prison after serving long sentences for crimes they did not commit, and our 12 centers, such as the Global Financial Markets Center, which recently offered a “Financial Markets Bootcamp” to ensure stu- dents are well-prepared for their summer jobs.
Your philanthropic investments allow my friend and colleague, Dean David F. Levi, the flexibility to provide generous financial support to students, expand curricular offerings, and fund library resources and technological tools that make creative scholarship and teaching possible. Having a robust Annual Fund gives us the ability to pursue new opportunities as they arise, which has continually enabled us to be nimble and creative in our curriculum and programming.
Thank you for your continued interest and engagement with this institution. I can assure you that your support is helpful; it moves the needle and moves us forward. Thank you for helping ensure that the excellent legal education at Duke will remain available to exceptional students.
I look forward to seeing you when you return for a reunion, a program, or a game, or when you are bringing your children for a Duke tour. My faculty colleagues and I always enjoy seeing our former students and I know you will enjoy experiencing, first-hand, the intellectual energy and feeling of camaraderie that makes it a joy for me to come to work every day.
With warm regards,
James D. Cox
Brainerd Currie Professor of Law