Gifts In Action

Student-initiated Symposia

Duke Law’s Intellectual Property and Cyberlaw Society has hosted five annual “Hot Topics” symposia focusing on a variety of topics relevant to intellectual property law. Topics have included patent reform, Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing, patent versus open source approaches to software development, and appropriate limits to copyright protection. The “Hot Topics” Symposium is just one of many student-initiated conferences that enrich the intellectual life of the Law School and are possible thanks to contributions to the Annual Fund.

To learn more about the Annual Fund, visit Duke Law Annual Fund.

Student Scholarships

A scholarship in his second year enabled Bruce Rogers to complete his education at Duke Law. The enduring friendship he forged with Professor Jerome Culp, and the generosity and wise counsel Culp offered to him through law school and beyond, helped Rogers to pursue his professional dreams. Rogers says that it is his pleasure to now give back by generously supporting a scholarship in memory of Culp, who died in February 2004. “It was important to me to continue Jerome’s legacy of giving in this way,” says Rogers, who returned to Duke to attend an event in Culp’s honor on February 13. “I have been fortunate and blessed to have success in business and to be able to make a meaningful contribution to honor Jerome.”

To learn more about the University-wide effort to raise endowment funds for financial aid, visit the Financial Aid Initiative.

Service and Experience

The AIDS/HIV and Cancer Legal Project offers law students the opportunity to develop practical lawyering skills through direct representation of clients under close attorney supervision. Each semester 10 students are enrolled in this clinical law course, delivering over 100 hours of direct client services each.

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In the 2008-2009 academic year, low-income HIV positive clients received high-quality legal assistance in 207 cases involving benefits advocacy, estate planning, guardianship planning, discrimination and breaches of confidentiality. Under the leadership of Carolyn McAllaster, students traveled with clinic faculty to counties throughout the state to provide more than 2,000 hours of direct client representation.

For more information on how you can support the broad array of services and training that the Law School's many clinics provide, visit Clinics.

For more information, contact the Alumni & Development Office at (919) 613-7017.