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13 Alumni On Why They Donate To UDC-DCSL

Tuesday, December 1, 2015   (0 Comments)
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13 Alumni On Why They Donate To UDC-DCSL

I donate to the school because I believe in its mission and goals.  If it were not for Antioch, I would not be a lawyer, judge or law professor.  - Penny L. Willrich, ‘82

I donate because UDC gave the opportunity to go to law school and stay in law school by giving me scholarships.  I want to pay it forward to someone else.   I also donate because I want to keep a good relationship with UDC, and I hope you send good people my way when it's time to hire my summer interns.  – Jose Campos, ‘12

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law offers our world hope in many ways and that is why I might contribute to its support. Hope for those who want its education. Hope for the clients its students may help. Hope for those who will benefit from the ways the legal work benefits others directly and indirectly. Hope for those who respect the students educated by UDC's curriculum, social connections, history and examples.  I donate to honor and support such hope.   - Myles Glasgow, ‘75

It's nice to give back. Why fight it? In life, we give.  - Pete Friday, ‘87

I graduated from the former Antioch School of Law and hope that UDC David A. Clarke School of Law can carry on the same principles and philosophy about social justice and equality. I like to see the new generation of law students having the same opportunity as I did and to be exposed to such great education and principles.  - Manuel Rivera, ‘85

I gave because I saw only a handful of my classmates giving, and I didn't want to be counted as a chump for the class of '97 :-).  I also gave because I really do appreciate my legal education obtained from DCSL, and I think the professors and staff are simply the best!   - Felicia Couts, Esq. (formerly Tucker) '97

I donate because: 1) you ask me, 2) this school needs the money more than the other two I graduated from, 3) I want to support law students who have an interest in working for the public interest, and 4) you thank me when I give, and usually quickly and personally.  - Rudi Schreiber, ‘95

Because of the ongoing commitment to community service, to making the world a better place, and the commitment to racial and cultural diversity.  There are plenty of law schools for people who want to do well financially but a dearth of places for those who want to do good and who want to be surrounded by similarly minded people with the honorable goal of using legal skills for the benefit of vulnerable people.   Also Joe, because I love your emails.  Really.  For many of us from ASL, especially early ASL, we needed to be repeatedly and gently hammered to understand UDC’s intent. - Shirley Bergert, ‘75

Because UDC accepted me for my mission statement and not just my raw LSAT and GPA numbers and because I couldn’t be where I am today if not for UDC and because UDC’s post-graduation newsletters/e-blasts have proven useful time and time again.  - Byron White, ‘13

I give because Justice is not free. Even pro bono is costly.  - Jacob Fein-Helfman, ‘75

Bottom line: I think it’s because I trust you, the school and the mission/work you do. Combined with belief that you really need the money and have good use for even a modest contribution. Compared to a college with a billion in endowments, sure they can spend more. But, why throw more money except to validate your presence on a mailing list that sends out expensive brochures? If it was water instead of cash - why give a glass of water to somebody with a pool?   Especially when you know somebody who's thirsty.  - Richard Preston, ‘84

I really love my school. Can’t predict the future, but I can say what has made me the trial attorney, and counselor, that I am today.  I work with a variety of attorneys, and even hire them on occasion.  I have been privileged to serve in Maryland, Virginia, and DC courts, both at the state and federal level.  I believe there are many great law schools, and I consider UDC among them.  However, it is not the quality of the teaching alone that makes the school stand out in my mind.  It the passion and compassion the institution instills in its students -- to do good works and help the people around them.  This does not mean we need to starve, it means services priced in a way that the community can afford, and a willingness to help others when they have no money at all.  If I were to sum up UDC law in a phrase:  “be heard, be seen, be active” – and in our case, active means use your law degree to support and make the community a better place.  – Sean Hanover, ‘08

I give to the law school, because I love the law school and all that it stands for. It changed my life and put me on a career path that I never would have been on had it not been for the law school. Giving back is the least I can do, and the least I'll always do. – Anthony Cade, ‘97

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