The Class of 2010 has garnered the support of 107 graduates who have made gifts or 5-year pledges to the class gift – the most from any graduating class in the history of the Law School.
This surpasses the record that the Class of 2009 set last year, with 96 contributors.
"Our goal from the start was to break the 2009 record and reach 100 donors before graduation," said Rama Taib, who served as 2010 Gift co-Chair with Dave Nolte. "We thought it would be a stretch given the current legal job market, but we also knew people would give what they could to support our class and our Law School."
"We really wanted to make our mark and raise the bar for the 2011 class next year. It is a great way for the Class of 2010 to leave a legacy at UMDLaw," added Nolte.
The students were also motivated by a challenge from longtime supporter James K. Archibald '75, a member of the Law School's Alumni Board, who offered to match each gift made by the Class of 2010. The class has raised $9,470.95 to date, and with Archibald's matching contribution, the total now stands at $18,941.90.
Archibald has built a strong connection with the Class of 2010, including working with students at the Mississippi Center for Justice during a winter break trip in 2008. "I've gotten to know these students - or should I say, graduates – really well over the last few years," said Archibald, whose son, John, is part of the Law School's Class of 2010. "They are a fantastic group, and to set a new Law School record given the challenges facing them is inspiring. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this."
"Members of this class were truly inspired by the support offered by Mr. Archibald, as well as by the precedent set by the last two graduating classes to continually define a new standard," said Dean Phoebe Haddon. "The care and support that this graduating class has shown to the Law School and its future is remarkable."
Those who have contributed to the Class of 2010 Gift are currently voting on how the gift should be utilized.