Duke Law Blueprint Benefactors
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 2017-2018 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. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Shivar, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Young Alumni, by email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsors Needed for the Following Programs
Blueprint for Professional Success
Sponsored by: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Allen & Overy LLP; Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP; Bracewell LLP; Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Goodwin Procter LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Jones Day; King & Spalding LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; McDermott Will & Emery LLP; McGuireWoods LLP; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Morrison & Foerster LLP; Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; Paul Hastings LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Proskauer Rose LLP; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.; Ropes & Gray LLP; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Thompson & Knight LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; White & Case 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 2020 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 email@example.com for further details.
Duke Law School Centers and Programs
Sponsored by: Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; White & Case LLP
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 School Global Financial Markets Center
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 or exclusive sponsorship is available at $10,000.
Duke Law Innocence Project
The Duke Law Innocence Project is a volunteer student organization that works to exonerate victims of wrongful convictions by investigating claims of actual innocence. The Duke Law Innocence Project looks at wrongful convictions not only on an individual case-by-case basis, but also engages in policy reforms, and outreach to the community in education. The organization also helps its exonerees in their reintegration to society.
- 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.
- The DLIP will host a Thanksgiving Lunch Event in November 2017 for the Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic exonerees and Duke Law students. A sponsorship of $2,500 is 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.
Moot Court Hardt Cup
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. A sponsorship of $3,000 is needed for this event.
Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 21st Annual Auction & Gala
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 https://law.duke.edu/publicinterest/pilf/gala/.
You can also support the PILF Auction in a number of additional ways:
- Attend the Auction & Gala
- Donate an item for the auction
- Bid on an auction item in the auction
Women Law Students Association (WLSA) Speaker Series
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.
Sponsorships Secured for the Following Programs
Black Law Students Association
Sponsored by: Baker Botts L.L.P; Winston & Strawn, LLP; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.
- The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) are hosting their annual Welcome Reception at The Pit in Durham for all new BLSA students. This event is an opportunity to get to your fellow BLSA students and network with BLSA alumni.
- Alumni Mentorship Program - As part of the BLSA Professional Development Leadership Program, eight distinguished BLSA graduates have committed to coming to Duke twice a year to meet with BLSA students in an informal setting designed to foster organic, meaningful cross-generational relationships that students and graduates will grow between and after meetings. The hope is for students to get to know personally over a sustained period of time a core group of our BLSA graduates who are committed to supporting students’ professional development. Each set of BLSA student leaders will collaborate with the graduate members to lead the Program and to make it self-perpetuating. The event will feature programming relevant to law students at all stages of law school.
Business Law Society
Sponsored by: Haynes and Boone, LLP; Hogan Lovells US LLP; Jeffrey Tabak T'79 L'82 of Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Alston & Bird LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; White & Case LLP; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
1) Introduction to Corporate Law - On Monday, October 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. Our lunch event will feature a panel of transactional attorneys excited to share their experiences in corporate law. Multiple sponsorships of $250 are needed for this event.
2) 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 Thursday, October 19. Multiple sponsorships of $250 are needed for this event.
3) Mergers & Aquisitions - The Business Law Society invites you to learn from current practitioners about the general structure of a M&A deal, the role that lawyers play in these transactions, and the skill sets to develop during law school to prepare for a successful career in M&A.
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 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-fifth volume in 2015-2016. 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.
$2,500 – Sponsorship and recognition at three individual events
$2,500 - Sponsorship and recognition at the Alumni Gathering event
The Duke Law Variety Show
Sponsored by: Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
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. A sponsorship of $2,500 is needed for this event.
ESQ Career Symposium: Organized by the Business Law Society
Lead Sponsor: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Additional sponsorships by: Clifford Chance; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; White & Case 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 2nd and 3rd 2018.
Hispanic Law Students Association - Navigating Big Law as a Hispanic Attorney
Sponsored by: McGuireWoods
The Hispanic Law Students Association will be hosting an intimate, informal discussion with attorneys from McGuireWoods on navigating big law as a Latinx attorney. Two attorneys from the Charlotte office will join for a Q&A panel moderated by a member of HLSA. The discussion will concern topics like developing mentor relationships, pathways to partnership, and unique challenges facing attorneys of color.
Sponsored by: Caroline B. Gottschalk '90, Mario A. Ponce '88, and Linton Mann III '07 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.
Sponsored by: McGuireWoods LLP
Please join OutLaw in celebrating National Coming Out Day with a panel of students discussing their own "coming out" stories and how they navigate being openly LGBTQ in law school and the legal profession overall. We'll explore of what factors contribute to a supportive work and school environment, and what allies can do to help.
Privacy, Poverty and The State
Sponsored by: Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
American Constitution Society, Women Law Students Association, and If/When/How will host a lunch event on November 6th with guest speaker, Michele Goodwin. Professor Goodwin's paper marks the eve of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's death. Drawing from his 1966 acceptance speech of Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger award, she highlights Dr. King's commitment to reproductive justice and rights. She explains that despite Dr. King's vision for future wherein family planning would not be stunted by "unjust laws," stunningly these challenges in our society remain. Examples of this can be found in recent federal legislation to revise Title X, granting states the authority to exclude providers that perform abortions from the program-even though such clinics are the only local options for most poor women in the United States. The paper issues a warning call, highlighting the ramifications of trampling reproductive privacy and rights, including increased rates of unintended pregnancies, entrenchment of poverty, and even maternal mortality. A sponsorship of $1,000 is needed for this event.
Sports & Entertainment Law Society: Eighth Annual Symposium
Sponsored by: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Winston & Strawn LLP
Now in its 8th 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.
Transactional Law Competition
Sponsored by: Hogan Lovells US LLP
The Transactional Law Competition Board will be hosting the fifth annual Duke Transactional Law Competition in Spring 2018. 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 or one sponsorship of $2,000, as well attorneys with experience in M&A or general corporate law to serve as judges.
Women Law Students Association
Sponsored by: Baker Botts L.L.P
Please join attorney representatives from Baker Botts and the Women Law Students Association for our annual 1L mock interview program. This is an excellent opportunity for 1Ls to practice their interviewing skills and to receive valuable constructive feedback from practicing attorneys.
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
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- Meet with ADO to discuss needs; we can direct you to events for planning assistance if needed.
- Before inviting speakers, get approval and, if needed, recommendations from ADO.
- 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.
- Get letter approval by ADO.
- Begin solicitations with approved contacts from ADO. DO NOT SOLICIT ANY FIRM WITHOUT ADO APPROVAL
- Let ADO know of any confirmed sponsorships, and we will provide an invoice for the firm.
- Include the firm on any marketing and promotional materials related to the event.
- THANK the firm with a letter!
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.