Twenty eight students made approximately 450 phone calls to donors on the evenings of May 6 and May 11 as part of the Duke Law Thank-a-Thon, an event designed to demonstrate appreciation to members of the Law School community while fostering connections between alumni and current students.
“My attendance at Duke Law School was made possible by a gift from a donor,” Raemond Parrot ’11 says. “Knowing how much it meant to me as well as other students, it seemed really important to say thank you.”
Calls were made from the Law School between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. each night to donors throughout the country who made Leadership gifts of $1,000 or more to the Law School, as well as donors who contributed to the clinical program. Members of the alumni and development staff recruited six student leaders, who then recruited 22 additional volunteers to the effort.
"Coming back to Duke to attend law school was made
possible by gifts from the alumni. It’s just amazing,
and I’m glad to say thank you."
-Leslie Mahaffey '11
“You can actually see the effect the donors’ gifts have on the Law School,” Mark Irvine ’12 says. “These are wonderful places. We do appreciate it when we think about it. All of this stuff must come from somewhere.”
Leslie Mahaffey T’06, L’11 knows what it feels like to receive a thank you phone call based on her own philanthropy and was happy to be on the other end of the phone this time.
“My husband and I are giving to the undergraduate program. Someone called me, and it was so sweet,” Mahaffey says. “I loved receiving that phone call, and getting to do it myself as a Law School student was pretty cool.”
“Coming back to Duke to attend law school was made possible by gifts from the alumni,” she adds. “It’s just amazing, and I’m glad to say thank you.”
James Van Strander