Gifts make lasting impact for Berkeley Law
"When our dean first announced plans to raise $125 million, it was called audacious. But we surpassed our goal, and it has touched nearly every part of the law school.’'
With a goal of $125 million, The Campaign for Boalt Hall was — by a factor of 10 — the largest fundraising effort in the law school’s history. The ambitious, multipronged assault on the dominance of private universities in the philanthropic giving arena succeeded, meeting its goals to support faculty recruitment and retention; student financial aid and debt forgiveness; curricular, research, and clinical advancements; construction and renovation; and operating funds via the Boalt Hall Fund.
"When our dean first announced plans to raise $125 million, it was called audacious,” said Assistant Dean of Development Robert G. Sproul ’69. “But we surpassed our goal, and it has touched nearly every part of the law school.’'
One gift to the campaign, $300,000 from the Bernard E. and Alba Witkin Charitable Foundation, made possible long overdue upgrades to Boalt’s ever-important clinics, where students gain a wide range of hands-on experience. The gift included funds for technological enhancements such as teleconferencing equipment, interactive white-boards, and large-screen projectors to enable Skype and video screening.
“I’ve seen how functional, beautiful space elevates the spirit of our students and the excitement within our school,” says Nikki Davenport ’13. “Clinic students are passionate about their work. It’s important to feel proud of the space where this critical work is done.”