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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Sponsors Needed for the Following Programs
Asian Law Students Association
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
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 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.
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
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
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.
Duke Law Journal
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.
$2,500 – Sponsorship and recognition at three individual events
$2,500 - Sponsorship and recognition at the Alumni Gathering event
ESQ Career Symposium: Organized by the Business Law Society
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.
Hispanic Law Students Association Etiquette Dinner
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.
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.
Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 20th 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
Sports & Entertainment Law Society: Seventh Annual Symposium
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
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.
Voisine v. United States: Domestic Violence and Gun Violence Protection
The Coalition Against Gendered Violence will host Voisine v. United States: Domestic Violence and Gun Violence Prevention on Monday, October 3. This event will feature topics on second amendment jurisprudence generally, a review of DV/GVP issues, the Voisine v. United States case, and the issues local DV advocates encounter in North Carolina. The panel is composed of Prof. Blocher, who will give a brief run-down on the second amendment and its interpretation; Elizabeth Avore, a Duke Law alum working at Everytown for Gun Safety who can talk about gun violence issues from a domestic violence-lens and the Voisine case since Everytown submitted an amicus brief in the case; and Amily McCool from the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence to talk about issues they face here and give a local perspective. A sponsorship of $1,200 is needed for this event.
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:
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
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.
- 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.