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 2016-2017 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, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Young Alunni, by email or phone 919-613-7010.


Kate B. Buchanan
Associate Dean for Alumni & Development

Learn more about the Blueprint

For more information, please contact Kate Shivar at

Sponsors Needed for the Following Programs

Asian Law Students Association

Sponsored by: Cooley LLP

1) ALSA Bubble Tea Study Break - ALSA will provide bubble tea and snacks from a local vendor so students can attend this event as a study break. 1Ls can also utilize this break as an opportunity to ask for advice and guidance from 2Ls for how best to study for exams.

2) ALSA LLM Dinner- The LLM dinner is specifically for LLMs so they may discuss any questions they have that ALSA may be able to address as a student organization.

3) 1L Diversity Goody Bags - In November, we will put together diversity bags for our 1Ls with information on applying for firm diversity summer programs. Bags also include firm sponsored items such as USBs, pens, t-shirts etc.

Blueprint for Professional Success 

Sponsored by: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Hogan Lovells LLP; Lowenstein Sandler LLP; McGuireWoods LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Join the Career Center and law firms from around the country for this interactive and educational night with Duke Law School's Class of 2019 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.

Dedicated to Durham

Sponsored by: King & Spalding

"Dedicated to Durham," a project encouraging students, faculty, and staff to volunteer to work with local non-profit organizations, begins as part of the dedication events for the law School addition; designed to strengthen ties with the Durham community, it becomes an ongoing law school service program.  Sponsorship is needed for Fall and Spring semesters.

Duke Law School Centers and Programs 

Sponsored by:

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

Sponsored by:

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 School Global Financial Markets Center

Sponsored by:

The Global Financial Markets Center is designed to help prepare students who will be entering into a career in law and finance. The Great Financial Crisis led to a wave of new laws and regulations designed to prevent a similar crisis from occurring in the future.  The Center aims to help students understand the historical context which gave rise to the current financial market landscape and regulatory structure, while also giving them the tools and resources needed to navigate an ever complex web of laws and regulations, and a constantly evolving financial industry.  We intend to do this by hosting various events and speakers throughout the year, as well as sponsoring scholarship intended to bridge the divide between theory and practice in the field of financial regulation.

  • At the beginning of the spring semester, the Center will be hosting a financial markets bootcamp. The bootcamp will provide law students with a crash course in financial products and the markets they trade in.  The goal is to give students a leg up upon entering a career in law and finance.  Firms may send a representative to help teach at our bootcamp.  Multiple sponsorships of $2,500 are needed for this program.
  • 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.

    Law Firm Scholarships

    Sponsored by:

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

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.

Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy Symposium

Sponsored by:

The student-edited Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy examines legal issues at the intersection of constitutional litigation and public policy. Published at Duke Law School since 2006, DJCLPP is aimed at practitioners, judges, and legislators confronting new constitutional issues, and the constitutional and policy dimensions of court decisions and legislation. Past topics for the symposium include the legal, practical, and policy implications of the Court's decision in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund and the implications of the Supreme Court's 2015 decision in Glossip v. Gross.  The symposium will be held at the Law School in February 2017.

ESQ Career Symposium: Organized by the Business Law Society

Lead Sponsor: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Additional sponsorships by: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

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 February 3rd and 4th 2017.

Hispanic Law Students Association Etiquette Dinner

Sponsored by:

The Duke Law Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) aids new students in making the transition into law school and works on improving the presence of Hispanics in the legal community.  An etiquette dinner provides students the opportunity to learn the various social graces associated with dining in more formal situations. This will help to develop students’ abilities to engage professionally when dealing with prospective employers and eventual clients in their careers. This event will be open to all 1L and 2L students. We are planning to have 75 total seats.  This event will be held in Spring 2017.  We seek sponsors of any level for funding needs totaling $12,000.

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 20th Annual Auction & Gala

Sponsorships 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! For more information, please visit

You can also support the PILF Auction in a number of additional ways:

  1. Attend the Auction & Gala on February 17, 2017
  2. Donate an item for the auction
  3. Bid on an auction item in the auction

Sports & Entertainment Law Society: Seventh Annual Symposium

Sponsored by:

Now in its 7th year, the Duke Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium has become one of the most recognized student-run sports and entertainment events annually. As the Sports and Entertainment Law Society’s marquee event of the year, this day-long symposium is focused on bringing together students, faculty, the local community, and industry professionals to discuss and debate current topics in sports and entertainment. Panelists in prior years have included sports law academics such as Marc Edelman, Gabe Feldman, and Paul Haagen, sports and entertainment financial planners such as Robert Raiola, as well as representatives from NASCAR, the Atlanta Hawks, AOL, Sony Music, Netflix, and MTV. Last year’s symposium saw over 100 participants.

Sponsorship of the Duke Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium can provide your firm significant exposure within the Duke Law community and help the symposium continue its success as one of the premier events of its kind. Multiple sponsorships are needed for this event that will take place Friday, January 27, 2017.

Transactional Law Competition

Sponsored by:

The Transactional Law Competition Board will be hosting the fourth annual Duke Transactional Law Competition on January 8th, 2017. Designed to be the transactional equivalent to Moot Court and Mock Trial, the competition gives students hands-on experience with drafting for and negotiating a deal. Competitors will be asked to help a hypothetical merger target or its potential acquirer to prepare an agreement, mark up the opposing side's proposal, and then negotiate its terms with the other side. In the past, the competition’s judges (typically corporate attorneys) have come from large firms in New York, Washington DC, and the Charlotte, NC area. The competition will be followed by a brief awards ceremony and a reception with refreshments where participants can network with the attorney-judges. Multiple sponsorships of $500 are needed for this event, as well attorneys with experience in M&A or general corporate law to serve as judges.


Sponsorships Secured for the Following Programs:

Business Law Society

Sponsored by: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

1) Introduction to Litigation - This event will discuss the life of a litigation attorney, with lunch provided while discussing Civil Procedure.  This event will be held on Wednesday, October 19.  

2) Introduction to Corporate Law - On Wednesday, November 2, we will discuss the life of a corporate attorney - learn just what it means to work on mergers & acquisitions, private equity deals, and transactional law generally. Lunch will be provided and free career advice - you can't beat it. 

Carcano v McCrory: A Look at the Lawsuit Challenging HB 2

Sponsored by: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

This event will feature a panel discussion on the legal challenge to HB 2 filed in March by the North Carolina ACLU. Panelists will include Chris Brook, Legal Director at the North Carolina ACLU and one of the lawyers challenging the law; Scott Skinner-Thompson '08, a professor at NYU Law whose research focuses on LGBTQ issues; and Erica Lachowitz, a Business Applications Manager in Charlotte who has previously spoken out about the impact of the law on the trans* community. The event will be sponsored by WLSA, OUTLaw, ACS, CAGV, and Debevoise & Plimpton.

Duke Law Journal

Sponsored by: Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

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

The Duke Law Journal will publish its sixty-sixth volume in 2016-2017. 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: Note Writing Panels and Workshops for 2Ls; DLJ Editorial Meetings; New Editing Manuals, Style Guides, and Grammar References for the DLJ Office; Author Presentations; Lunchtime Student Presentations; and DLJ’s Spring End-of-Volume Dinner.

Sponsorship Opportunities

$2,500 – Sponsorship and recognition at three individual events

$2,500 - Sponsorship and recognition at the Alumni Gathering event

Future of Religious Freedom

Sponsored by: Baker Botts L.L.P

Muslim Law Students Association is hosting a panel about current issues, cases, and developments in the law related to religious freedom. Panelists will also discuss how the new president's policies will affect religious freedom and about other related issues they've come across through their work. Panelists include Asma Uddin, Director of Strategy for Center for Islam and Religious Freedom (Washington, DC), and UNC Law Professor Bill Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law.


Sponsored by: Caroline B. Gottschalk '90 and Mario A. Ponce '88 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.

Moot Court Hardt Cup

Sponsored by: McGuireWoods LLP

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 courts come to Duke Law to judge the final round of competition. For most students, the Hardt Cup is their first experience with oral argument and moot court competition. At the end of the competition, the top 10% of finishers will be invited to join the Moot Court Board.

OutLaw: Lavender Law Conference

Sponsored by: Kirkland & Ellis LLP; White & Case LLP

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 Washington, DC 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.

Women Law Students Association (WLSA) Speaker Series

Sponsored by: Hogan Lovells LLP

In the spring, Women Law Students Association (WLSA) will be holding a Professional Development Speaker Series consisting of several events over the course of the semester exploring different paths for women in the law. These events will involve panelists from various practice areas and locations providing insights on their experiences to students. A sponsorship of $3,000 is needed for the speaker series.



Benefits of Becoming a Blueprint Benefactor

  • Opportunity to send representatives from your firm to select sponsored events
  • Recognition as a sponsor in printed, marketing, and online materials pertaining to event and Blueprint Benefactors program
  • Recognition on a wall dedicated to sponsors at the Law School
  • Recognition on plasma screen televisions around the Law School
  • Firm name in annual Honor Roll of Donors included in Duke Law Magazine

Sponsorship Levels:

Diamond Member - $25,000+

Platinum Member - $15,000

Gold Member - $10,000

Silver Member - $5,000

Bronze Member - $2,500

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 relevant 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.


2016-2017 Benefactors

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

Jones Day

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Gold Members - $10,000
Silver Members - $5,000

Hogan Lovells US LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Bronze Members - $2,500

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

King & Spalding

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Honorable Mention

The following firms, not listed above, have hosted Law School events during the 2016-2017 academic year at locations around the world, or made additional gifts to the School:

Baker Botts L.L.P

Cooley LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

White & Case LLP



2015-2016 Benefactors

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


Jones Day


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Gold Members - $10,000

Analysis Research Planning Corporation

Koyzak Tropin Throckmorton, LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Silver Members - $5,000

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Crawford & Company

Dechert LLP (NYC)

Hogan Lovells LLP

Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Latham & Watkins

McGuireWoods LLP


Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

Reed Smith LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C

Bronze Members - $2,500
Allen & Overy

Baker Botts

Bracewell & Giuliani

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Fried, Frank, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

King & Spalding

K&L Gates LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Weil, Gotschal & Manges LLP

Williams & Connolly LLP


Honorable Mention

The following firms, not listed above, have hosted Law School events during the 2015-2016 academic year at locations around the world, or made additional gifts to the School:

Bailey & Glasser LLP

Baker & Hostetler LLP

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Credit Suisse

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Hunton & Williams LLP

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Moore & Van Allen

Morrison & Foerster LLP

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Paul Hastings LLP

Quarles & Brady LLP

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Shearman & Sterling

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

Vinson & Elkins LLP

White & Case LLP

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati