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Campaign Funding Priorities and Naming Opportunities

Pro Bono Program

The Law School proposes an ambitious new program to provide a wide range of opportunities for all students to participate in law-related pro bono work. Involving students in pro bono work during law school will promote their long-term commitment to public service, regardless of their career paths, and will help provide critically needed legal services in the community. Linking students with faculty and alumni through pro bono work also will highlight positive role models for students and provide valuable networking opportunities for them.

Lawyers have a professional obligation to participate in and support pro bono legal work. Despite considerable support for pro bono within the profession, the need for legal assistance remains critical and, unfortunately, an insufficient number of attorneys participate in pro bono work. The Law School aims to produce graduates who are ready to serve the public.

The Law School provides career services and financial support to students interested in public interest jobs, but most students do not pursue such employment. We also offer numerous clinical courses through which students receive academic credit for public interest work, but clinical courses are unusually demanding and not all students participate. The new Pro Bono Program will make it possible, for the first time, for us to involve all students in meeting critical legal needs.

The $3 million endowment required to fully fund the Pro Bono Program will support an annual budget of about $150,000. The budget includes a full-time staff attorney to direct and coordinate UT Law School’s pro bono work, an administrator and program costs.

Naming Opportunities

Name Program$3,000,000

Campaign gifts to date:
Mithoff Fund for the Pro Bono Program
Harry Reasoner Pro Bono Fund

Named endowment levels are based on budget requirements and an annual spending rate of approximately five percent of the value of the fund. Non-endowed (current use) gifts for the funding priorities listed above are welcome at all levels, and will be recognized in an appropriate way.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact Carla Cooper, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Development, at (512) 232-1939, or ccooper@law.utexas.edu.