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Heritage Society

Duke University's Heritage Society honors alumni and friends who have made provisions for Duke in their wills, trusts, retirement plans, or through other types of "planned gifts."

If you would like more information about the Heritage Society, please contact the Alumni and Development Office at 919-613-7017 or alumni_office@law.duke.edu.

The Star Circle

The Star Circle is named for Stanley ’61 and Elizabeth Star in honor of their transformational philanthropy to Duke Law School. The society recognizes individuals whose cumulative gifts and pledges to the Law School total $10 million or more.

The Lanty L. Smith Society

The Lanty L. Smith Society is named for Lanty L. Smith ’67, the Law School’s first $1 million donor, and recognizes individuals whose cumulative gifts and pledges to the Law School total $1 million to $9.9 million.

Barrister Donor Society

Founded in 1975, the Barrister Donor Society recognizes donors who have made leadership gifts that demonstrate a strong commitment to the future of the Law School. The society consists of the following groups: The Latty Circle, The Everett Circle, The Shimm Circle, The Dean’s Circle, Partner, and Member. 

Membership to the Barristers is granted to Duke Law alumni and friends who donate $2,500 or more annually to the Law School. Recent graduates of 1-5 years, judges, educators, and those who work for the government or in public service are members at $1,000 annually.

Barrister Donor Society Levels

Member $2,500 - $4,999*
Partner $5,000 - $9,999
Dean's Circle $10,000 - $24,999
The Shimm Circle

$25,000 - $49,999

The Everett Circle

$50,000 - $99,999

The Latty Circle

$100,000+

*Recent graduates of 1-5 years, judges, educators, and those who work for the government or in public service are members at $1,000 annually.

Barrister Recognition

Barrister Donor Society members are recognized annually in the donor honor rolls, are listed on a plaque in the Law School, are invited to the annual Barrister Donor Society Reception during Reunion Weekend, and receive special invitations to Barrister events around the country.

Advocate Gift Club

The Advocate Gift Club recognizes donors who have made gifts between $1,000 and $2,499 annually. Graduates of five years or fewer are members at $500 annually.

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