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

Blueprint for Professional Success 

Sponsored by:

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.

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 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

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.

ESQ Career Symposium: Organized by the Business Law Society

Lead Sponsor:

Additional sponsorships by:

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.

Moot Court Hardt Cup

Sponsored by:

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.

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
  2. Donate an item for the auction
  3. Bid on an auction item in the auction

Sponsorships Secured for the Following Programs:

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.

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.


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.

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.



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

Gold Members - $10,000

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Silver Members - $5,000
Bronze Members - $2,500

King & Spalding

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:

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kirkland & Ellis 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