Law Firm/Corporate Giving

Duke Law 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 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 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 Pacific American Law Students Association

Sponsored by:

APALSA is one of Duke Law’s most active organizations. APALSA have over 100 students participating in various professional development and community building programs throughout the year.  This year, they have many events planned, including but not limited to:

• Mentor & Mentee Kickoff & Chuseok Festival Dinner
• APALSA Conferences at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Harvard Law School
• Big Law in a Bite Panels (for New York, DC, and CA markets)
• Annual Legacy Gala
• 3L Sendoff Dinner

Multiple sponsorships are needed to support APALSA for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Sponsor levels are Gold ($2,000), Silver ($1,500), and Bronze ($750).  If you have any questions, visit our website:

Black Law Students Association

Sponsored by:

  • 1.) 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.
  • 2.) Paving Pathways 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:

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 Thursday, October 25.  Multiple sponsorships of $250 are needed for this event.

2) Introduction to Corporate Law - 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.

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.  Multiple sponsorships of $250 are needed for this event.

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 2021 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:

"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:

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

The Duke Law Journal will publish its sixty-eighth volume in 2018-2019. 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

2.) The Duke Law Journal seeks sponsorships to support their annual Administrative Law Symposium.  The Duke Law Journal will hold its 49th Administrative Law Symposium on February 8th, 2019 at Duke University School of Law. The Administrative Law Symposium has been held each year since 1969-70, and is “designed to produce an annual commentary on each year’s major developments in the field of federal administrative law.” This year’s symposium, Deregulatory Games, will assess the Trump Administration’s regulatory agenda. The constituent articles will closely examine issues including agency statutory interpretation, the evolution of judicial review of cost-benefit analysis, judicial responses to substantive and procedural mistakes in implementing the administration’s regulatory program, the role of science in regulation, and prospective strategies to overcome agency inaction via the Administrative Procedure Act. The symposium will include presentations and commentary by scholars from Georgetown University Law Center, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, George Washington University Law School, University of Texas School of Law, Wake Forest School of Law, and Duke University School of Law. The website currently reflects the 2018 Symposium, but will be available at  Multiple sponsorships of $1,500.

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.  A sponsorship of $5,000 is needed for this event.

ESQ Career Symposium: Organized by the Business Law Society

Lead Sponsors:

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 2nd and 3rd 2018.

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.


Sponsored by:

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:

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.

OutLaw: Lavender Law Conference

Sponsored by:

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.

Sports & Entertainment Law Society: Tenth Annual Symposium

Sponsored by:

Now in its 9th 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:

The Transactional Law Competition Board will be hosting the sixth annual Duke Transactional Law Competition on January 12, 2019 at Duke Law School. 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.

The Transactional Law Competition Board will also host the Interscholastic Transactional Law Competition on March 23, 2019 at Duke Law School.  The format will be similar to the intramural competition on January 12, with students from several law schools in the southeast competing, and attorneys attending to serve as judges of the competition.  There will be a reception following the competition.

Sponsorship for both events is $4,000.  The sponsorship will include the opportunity for the sponsoring firm/company to send two representatives to each event.    

Women Law Students Association (WLSA) Speaker Series

Sponsored by:

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


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.


2018-2019 Benefactors

Diamond Members - $25,000+


Platinum Members - $15,000

Gold Members - $10,000

Silver Members - $5,000

Bronze Members - $2,500

Honorable Mention

The following firms, not listed above, have hosted Law School events during the 2017-2018 academic year at locations around the world, or made additional gifts to the School:

  • Akerman LLP
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
  • Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Haynes and Boone, LLP
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • K&L Gates LLP
  • Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Thompson & Knight LLP


2017-2018 Benefactors

Diamond Members - $25,000+


Platinum Members - $15,000

Gold Members - $10,000

Silver Members - $5,000

Bronze Members - $2,500

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:

  • Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP
  • Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP
  • Vinson & Elkins LLP
  • White & Case LLP
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP