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Message from the Dean

Dear Friends of Michigan Law,

The Annual Report of Giving — which includes gifts made between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013 — is an inspiring testament to the enthusiasm and loyalty that our alumni and friends demonstrate for the University of Michigan Law School. You are receiving this report because you have shown that same commitment. Thank you for your support over the past year.

The Annual Report of Giving illustrates the collective power of philanthropy. Every gift matters to us, and together they impact the people and experiences that make Michigan Law second to none. As you look through the report, you'll learn about some of the faculty, students, and alumni who benefit from private support, and you'll read a snapshot of the Law School today. I know you will be impressed by our 1L class profile, as well as our Class of 2013 employment data. In a competitive climate for legal education and for legal profession employment, Michigan Law continues to attract great students and help create highly desirable candidates for a wide variety of employers.

Everything that makes Michigan Law able to attract those students, educate them so well, and prepare them for diverse professional paths would not be possible without your help. We recruit exceptional students because they are drawn to the quality of our faculty, the breadth of our curriculum, the innovative nature of our experiential learning opportunities, and our ability to offer financial assistance both during and after their time in the Quad. All of those elements are supported by the Law School Fund and gifts like yours.

As we kick off the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign this fall, I am more grateful than ever for your loyalty to Michigan Law. In a time of minimal state support, the work you've done is not merely helpful — it's necessary. We have been and will continue to be responsible and efficient about containing costs, while striving to keep tuition at a level that makes Michigan Law accessible for a diverse range of students. But cost containment, tuition revenue, and state funding (less than 2 percent of our budget) are not enough to provide a top-notch legal education. Private support lies at the heart of enabling our School to continue to be the best.

All of us at Michigan Law are indebted to each and every one of you whose names appear in the following pages. You make it possible for us to do what we do, and you make it possible for Michigan Law to continue to be a place of opportunity for immensely talented students. I look forward to continuing to partner with you for the betterment of our School in the years to come.

Thank you.


Mark D. West
Nippon Life Professor of Law

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