We set an audacious goal in 2005 to raise $125 million through the Campaign for Boalt Hall. It was the largest fundraising effort in school history—and, thanks to you, we surpassed it.
In this turbulent budgetary climate, private philanthropy is crucial for Berkeley Law to maintain its standing among the nation’s best law schools.
It enables us to attract the most promising students, regardless of income; help our graduates pursue their career passions unburdened by debt; expand our world-class faculty, fueling vital scholarship and enriching our students’ educational experience; and influence research and policy on critical issues in our society.
Please explore the many ways you can continue to support our mission.
Thank you for your support, and for making us so proud to be part of the Boalt family.
Elizabeth Cabraser ’78, Leo Pircher ’57, and Pamela Samuelson
Co-Chairs, The Campaign for Boalt Hall
Why they give
When she first heard about Boalt’s ambitious plans within her area of expertise, Jan Scholes ’77 was admittedly skeptical. “I never dreamed that the school would become a true hub for business law,” she says. “I mean, Berkeley, the capital of California capitalism? I thought it sounded outrageous.”
Jan has helped make it a reality, largely through her support of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. “Ken Taymor has done a terrific job as a forward-thinking executive director, and I’m very excited about our tax program,” she says. An authority on international and partnership taxation, Jan remains “incredibly grateful” for the training she received from professors Jack McNulty, Mel Eisenberg, Dick Buxbaum, and Richard Jennings. “They all sparked my interest in business law in different ways.”
Boalt Hall gave Duane '86 and Tracie Lyons '86 a top-rate legal education—and each other. “We started dating shortly after classes started and survived Torts, Moot Court, the Bar Exam, and late-night Top Dog runs,” says Duane, a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office. “Boalt has played an integral part of our personal and professional lives. We’re happy to give back to an institution that means so much to us.”
Tracie, whose work has included stints as legal counsel for Twentieth Century Fox, legal director for AIDS Project Los Angeles, and general counsel for Kinecta Federal Credit Union, says their Boalt Hall Fund contributions signal trust in the school’s leadership: “We support unrestricted giving so the funds can be used where they are needed most. Quite simply, we give back to say thank you.”
Raised in a family that valued service to people who were less fortunate, Vicki De Goff ’72 started giving generously to the school as soon as she was able. A highly accomplished civil appellate attorney, Vicki has also given back to the profession by serving on several major committees by appointment of three California chief justices, and as president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the McFetridge Inn of Court.
Vicki earmarks her donations for the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice because it inspires, trains, and supports law students who will go on to use their legal skills to serve disadvantaged people and communities: “I consider it both my privilege and a responsibility to support the Henderson Center’s unique and important contributions to improving social justice.”