From the Dean

Bob_Adler_bd5ladFrom Dean Bob Adler, November 29, 2016 –

Dear S.J. Quinney College of Law alumni: I want to express my sincere thanks to your classmates who urged us to restore our annual class campaigns, and to those who stepped up to help us do so. This was their initiative, and I hope you will join them.

At the grand opening of the new building, I announced our “100-100 Initiative” to emphasize student success. One key to the Initiative is to increase scholarships so no student will be deterred from success due to financial constraints. More financial aid helps students focus on their studies and participate in clinical and pro bono and opportunities that help prepare them to practice while serving under-represented clients. Reducing debt allows students to pursue a wider range of employment opportunities, including lower paying but rewarding public sector and public interest jobs.

In the enclosed letter, your colleagues ask for your support, with an emphasis on donations to our scholarship fund. We currently have $200,000 per year available from our scholarship endowments, but we lag well behind our peer schools in scholarship funding. This makes it very difficult to compete for top students, which is essential if we are to maintain our historical reputation for excellence at the law school and in Utah’s legal community. Our goal is to have our alums match this amount so we can double our scholarship resources.

I also want to thank our alumni for the many other ways you help, from mentoring to serving as adjunct faculty to coaching or practice judging for competition teams to attending our CLE and other events. You are always welcome here at the law school. Please check in at the front desk on levels one or two to obtain a building pass, which will provide you with access to all floors. Just show the desk staff your alumni card (which was included in my spring update letter). If you don’t have your card, just tell staff that you are an alum and they will believe you!

With best wishes for the holidays from everyone here at the College of Law,

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Bob Adler