Welcome to Michigan Law's 2012 fiscal year report of giving, which covers the period from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012.
I believe you'll find the information in the report both interesting and familiar. The fundamental spirit of Michigan Law hasn't changed much over the past half century. Collegiality, integrity, commitment to service, exceptional training, and a firm emphasis on critical thinking remain hallmarks that set us apart – and ahead – among the world's top law schools.
But we continue to evolve with the times. We've expanded and adapted our campus to suit today's legal education. We've broadened our clinical and experiential offerings dramatically. We're increasing our emphasis on training lawyers for business. And in order to ensure that our students follow the paths that suit them best, we've extended our career planning services to guide successful paths in government, nonprofit, academia, and business, in addition to traditional firm lawyering.
In contrast to the past, we do all this today with virtually no financial support from the State of Michigan, which makes private gifts from alumni and friends more important – indeed, necessary – than ever before.
We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all the alumni and friends featured in our Honor Roll. If you are among them, please accept my heartfelt thanks. Finally, whether or not your name appears in the 2012 report, I encourage you to consider making a gift for fiscal 2013, which you may do by clicking here. We would be thrilled to include your name in next year's report.