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The First Endowment Campaign

There comes a time in the life of many institutions when they face a choice between the excellent and the extraordinary. The College of Law has now reached that point. Dean Symeonides with Susan For the first time in our 122-year M. Hammer JD’76, chair of the history, we have undertaken a First Endowment Campaign comprehensive endowment campaign to enhance our unique and intimate character and to strengthen our academic prowess. The First Endowment Campaign will allow the College of Law to aim higher. Willamette University College of Law has provided legal education to five generations of lawyers. Their service and accomplishments are a source of pride that refuels our high aspirations for the future. Unfortunately, these aspirations rest far beyond the college’s current resources. Additional financial support is crucial for attaining these aspirations and exceeding our past accomplishments. In December 2005, Willamette University kicked off the public phase of its comprehensive Campaign for Willamette. Within the larger University campaign, the College of Law has embarked on a $15 million fund-raising campaign that will enable us to build on the rich traditions that come with being the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. The law school’s current endowment is less than one-fourth the national average for private law schools. The campaign will help close this gap. The income from this endowment will enhance, not replace, current resources.

All funds raised for the College of Law will remain with and be used exclusively for the benefit of the law school.

Top: Waller Hall, the College of Law’s first home Bottom: The Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center, the fifth home of the college since 1883

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