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Message from the Dean

Dear Friend of Michigan Law,

When “Victors for Michigan” was chosen as the theme for our current campaign, it was chosen with people like you in mind. The Annual Report of Giving—which includes gifts made to the Law School between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014—is a celebration of those who have chosen to be victors for the Law School this past fiscal year. I am grateful for each and every one of them.

This is an important time for Michigan Law. The legal profession continues to change, and potential applicants continue to scrutinize the choice of a career in law very carefully. Yet amid uncertainty, the University of Michigan Law School remains strong. It remains a place where students want to learn, faculty love to teach, and alumni proudly remain engaged. Michigan Law remains a place that produces truly exceptional lawyers.

In many respects, the Law School’s strength lies in your hands. Everything that makes Michigan Law able to attract incredible students, educate them so well, and prepare them for diverse professional paths would not be possible without your help. We recruit the best 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 during their time in the Quad (through scholarships and summer funding) and after (through post-grad fellowships and loan repayment assistance). All of these elements are supported by the Law School Fund and gifts like yours.

The Annual Report of Giving illustrates that we all have a part to play in helping Michigan Law achieve its ambitious goals in the Victors for Michigan campaign. No single donor will fund our campaign. Instead, alumni across grad years, geography, and career paths will do what they can to give back to the school that has given them so much. That’s why every gift matters to us. Together, we will be victors for Michigan Law.

Thank you for your continued support of our great Law School.


Mark D. West
Nippon Life Professor of Law

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