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 2015-2016 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 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

Sponsors Needed for the Following Programs

Asian Law Students Association

    • (1) ALSA 2015 Welcome Reception mid-semester at Dashi Ramen for 40 individuals. Come meet the executive board, learn about the organization, and hear about the upcoming events for the year. A sponsorship of $1,500 is needed for this event.

    • (2) Flight subsidy to attend Harvard Law School's National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy February 2016 - The National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy invites prominent jurists, public interest advocates, corporate partners, and government policymakers to participate in panels and meet with law school students from around the country. The conference attracts hundreds of participants, and serves as a forum for discussing pressing political, cultural, and social issues. The event kick's off with a Career Fair where diverse students can network and learn more about the large variety of law firms in attendance.  A sponsorship of $2,000 is needed for 15 students to attend. 

(3) Duke ALSA's 21st Birthday Party March 2016 - The Asian Law Students Association is proud to be celebrating it's Twenty-First Anniversary. ALSA is seeking a law firm to sponsor and join us as we celebrate 21-years of dedication to diversity and friendship.  A sponsorship of $1,500 is needed to host the reception. 

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 2016 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 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.

Duke Law Journal Sponsorships

Sponsored by:

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.

Sponsorship Opportunities

$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:

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 in January 2016.

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

Sponsored by:

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.

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. One (1) sponsorship of $3,000 is needed for this competition.

OutLaw is the student group dedicated to serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer and Ally student community at Duke University School of Law.

Sponsorship Opportunities:

An evening with Phyllis Frye - We would like to bring Judge Phyllis Frye to Duke Campus in Spring 2016.  She is the nation’s first openly transgender judge. A sponsorship of $3,500 is needed for this event.

Student Speaker Series - A series of student led conversations on hot topics ranging from Abortion to LGBT marriage equality.  This series gives students a chance to talk and debate on issues that hit close to home for Duke Students and the broader community.   There will be two Speaker Events each Semester sponsored by OUTLaw with representatives from the different diversity groups on the panel led by a law professor or community leader.  A sponsorship of $1,000 is needed for this event.

Meet one of the Women of the White House - We would like to bring Kamala Vasagam to Duke Campus in Spring 2016.  She is open lesbian and former White House staffer, Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel and is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Counsel for Legal Operations at NBCUniversal, Inc.  We anticipate around 50 people in attendance.  A sponsorship of $1,500 is needed for this event.

Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) 19th Annual Auction & Gala

Lead Sponsorships:

Additional 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! The event also coincides with Duke Law Parents' Weekend in February.

You can also support PILF in a number of additional ways:

  • Attend the Auction & Gala in February 2016
  • Donate an item for the auction
  • Bid on an auction item in the auction

Sports & Entertainment Law Society: Sixth Annual Symposium

Sponsored by:

The Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium focuses on recent legal developments in the sports and entertainment industries in order to facilitate meaningful discussion and interaction among Duke students, visiting professors, legal practitioners, and industry leaders. The one-day event consists of panel discussions covering a range of current topics in the world of sports and entertainment law and offers students a venue to meet and network with professionals as they pursue their careers in these industries. Past symposiums have included speakers from the NCAA, Atlanta Hawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Netflix, ABC, MLB, Bloomberg Sports, Skadden Arps and Paul Weiss, among others. For more information on last year’s symposium, please visit and for more information on the Duke Sports and Entertainment Law Society, please visit  A sponsorship of $2,500 is needed for this event.

Transactional Law Competition

Sponsored by:

The Law & Entrepreneurship Society will be hosting its first-annual Transactional Law Competition. Designed to be the transactional equivalent to Moot Court and Mock Trial, the competition will give students hands-on experience with drafting for and negotiating a deal. Competitors will be asked to help a hypothetical start-up client or its potential venture capital firm to prepare an agreement, mark up the opposing side's proposal, and then negotiate its terms with the other side. Judges will be drawn from the ranks of Duke Law alumni with experience in venture capital investing and advising start-ups. The competition will be followed by a brief awards ceremony and a networking reception with refreshments and an opportunity to meet with the judges. Multiple sponsorships of $500 are needed for this event.

Please join the Women Law Students Association for a panel discussion on the implications for the intersection of Reproductive Rights and Religious Freedoms after the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision. - See more at:

Sponsorships Secured for the Following Programs


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.

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 relevent 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.


2015-2016 Benefactors

Diamond Members - $25,000+
Platinum Members - $15,000

Jones Day
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Gold Members - $10,000


Silver Members - $5,000

Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP

Bronze Members - $2,500
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:

Credit Suisse

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin





2014-2015 Benefactors

Diamond Members - $25,000+
Platinum Members - $15,000

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Gold Members - $10,000

Bayer Foundation

Silver Members - $5,000

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer Feld LLP

Baker Botts L.L.P

Hogan Lovells

King & Spalding

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Bronze Members - $2,500

Allen & Overy LLP

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

DLA Piper

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

K&L Gates LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Honorable Mention

The following firms, not listed above, have hosted Law School events during the 2014-2015 academic year at locations around the world, or made additional gifts to the School:

Clifford Chance

Covington & Burling

Crowell & Moring

Davis Polk & Wardwell



Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Haddon, Morgan and Foreman, P.C.

Hunton & Williams

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Lowenstein Sandler


Ogletree Deakins

O'Melveny & Myers

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison

Pepper Hamilton

Perkins Coie

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan

Squire Patton Boggs

Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin

Vinson & Elkins

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

White & Case