"The Nannes funding that MLR typically receives each year is absolutely critical to our operation. Our annual funding from the school is insufficient to cover the variety of internal, community, and school-wide activities we put on each year. For example, we recently hosted a live-taping of the First Mondays podcast, which is the leading podcast on the Supreme Court, which was open to the entire school. Following the event, we hosted a reception where students could interact with the podcast hosts, who are some of the most young and prominent members of the legal academy. Events like that would not be possible without the Nannes Challenge." - Emerson Bursis
"The Nannes challenge increases the amount of money that SFF is able to award in grants to students pursuing public interest positions during the summer between their 1 and 2L years. Over the past few years, we've raised thousands of dollars through the Nannes challenge, at times amounting to a fully funded $6,000 grant. Through SFF, Nannes Challenge funding directly benefits the public interest community at the law school. We will be using the Nannes 3L Challenge funding to award grants to 1L public interest students during the summer of 2018." – Hannah Rubashkin
"The Nannes funding has helped EMALSA in being able to provide both professional and social opportunities specifically geared toward law students interested in the entertainment industry. These experiences have fostered relationships within the law school, as well as outside the law school in areas such as LA, NY, etc. Students have been able to network with lawyers and other industry-related professionals that we’ve brought in for lunch talks and other events, and this was made possible in part due to the funding assistance from Nannes." - Jacqueline Paetzold
"In the past, we've used Nannes money to fund the cost of transportation to and from actions here in Michigan. Last year, NLG members served as legal observers (LOs) in Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, helping protect the civil rights of protesters and demonstrators in the streets, at town hall meetings, and at sit-ins. We run a pretty lean operation, so we'll gladly use the Nannes 3L Challenge funding to continue supporting our LOs as they travel around Michigan." - Austin Perry
Through the Nannes 3L Challenge, students have the wonderful opportunity to learn how philanthropy impacts their campus experience. Students can support their student organizations and programs while they are still in school, and they help provide invaluable resources to the Law School in the future. The Nannes 3L Challenge encourages students to give back to the Law School by educating them on the importance of alumni support.
For all 3Ls who commit to supporting the Law School Fund annually for the first four years after graduation, alumnus John Nannes, '73, will contribute $250 to the Law School student organization(s) of the students' choice. Organizations receive the funding this year, allowing students to see the immediate impact of their commitment to the Law School.
The Class of 2018 had a successful year leading the Nannes 3L Challenge. In Fall 2017, 224 3Ls joined the challenge of giving back to the Law School during the first four years after graduation. 66 student organizations received a total of $56,000 in Nannes funds. Thank you, John and Class of 2018!
Student organizations use this funding to bring in special speakers, host events, launch new programs, plan charity events, facilitate training sessions, and countless other activities. Most importantly, the Nannes 3L Challenge provides funding so students have opportunities to bond with their peers, engage with the community, and further their education outside of the classroom.
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