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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Sponsors Needed for the Following Programs
Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 19th Annual Auction & Gala
Additional sponsorships by: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; Sidley Austin LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
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.
Lead sponsorships of $5,000 and supporting sponsorships of $2,500 are also needed.
You can also support PILF in a number of additional ways:
- Attend the Auction & Gala in February 20, 2015
- Donate an item for the auction
- Bid on an auction item in the auction
Blueprint for Professional Success
Sponsored by: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP; Allen & Overy LLP, Baker Botts L.L.P; Bracewell & Giuliani LLP; Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP; Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Hogan Lovells; Hunton & Williams LLP; Jones Day; K&L Gates LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Lowenstein Sandler; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP; Norton Rose Fulbright LLP; O'Melvney & Myers LLP; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.; Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP; Shearman & Sterling LLP; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Vinson & Elkins 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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
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 Duke Law Variety Show
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.
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 Banquet
The annual banquet provides an opportunity for members of the Duke Law Moot Court Community to celebrate the Moot Court Board's successes for the year and to send off the graduating 3L board members. The event also marks the end of the outgoing leadership board’s term and the incoming leadership board is introduced. One (1) sponsorship of $2,500 is needed for this event.
Sponsorships Secured for the Following Programs
Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Graduate Gavel Ceremony
Sponsored by: Baker Botts L.L.P
Every year, graduating Duke BLSA students reminisce about their time at Duke Law School at the Gavel Ceremony. This is a key and traditional Duke BLSA event and we invite BLSA members, Duke Law faculty, family, and sponsors to join us in celebrating and sending off our graduating members. During this Ceremony, graduating BLSA members are presented with engraved gavels to honor their achievement of graduating from Duke Law School. A sponsorship of $3,500 will cover the cost of the Gavel Ceremony.
Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy Symposium
Sponsored by: Clifford Chance
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. The topic for this year's symposium will be the legal, practical, and policy implications of the Court's recent decision in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund with a panel of speakers from different perspectives. The symposium will be held at the Law School on February 15, 2015.
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.
Duke Law Journal Sponsorships
Sponsorships provided 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-fourth volume in 2014-2015. 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; DLJ's 45th Annual Administrative Law Symposium; and DLJ’s Spring End-of-Volume Dinner.
$10,000 – Lead Sponsor for the 2014-15 academic year includes recognition at all DLJ events
$2,000 – Sponsorship and recognition at three individual events
$2,000 - Sponsorship and recognition at the Alumni Gathering event
ESQ Career Symposium: Organized by the Business Law Society
Lead Sponsor: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
Additional sponsorships provided by: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; K&L Gates LLP; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Weil Gotschal & 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 in January 2015.
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.
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. One (1) sponsorship of $2,500 is needed for this competition.
Women Law Students Association (WLSA)
Sponsored by: Hogan Lovells
In the spring, they will be holding a Professional Development Speaker Series consisting of six events over the course of the semester exploring different paths for women in the law and includes several panelists. 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
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 email@example.com with firm name, contact, event date, sponsorship amount.
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.