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Seton Hall Law Rising Capital Campaign Meets and Exceeds $25 Million Goal

$26.3 Million Raised for Student Scholarships, Enhanced Academic Programs, Endowed Faculty Chairs, and Facilities Upgrades

Newark, NJ – Seton Hall University School of Law completed its capital campaign, Seton Hall Law Rising, raising a total of $26.3 million — $1.3 million more than its ambitious goal of $25 million. More than 4,000 individual and corporate donors lent support to Seton Hall Law Rising, which was publicly launched in October 2007 and concluded in June 2011.

Patrick E. Hobbs, Dean of Seton Hall Law School, said, “ Our campaign was successful because our alumni and many friends believe in the excellence that is Seton Hall Law School and want to ensure that we grow in quality in the years ahead.”

He explained, “Since the start of this campaign we’ve created 40 new student scholarships and fellowships; endowed five Faculty Chairs, Professorships and Research Fellowships; expanded our curriculum by increasing our emphasis on hands-on practical applications and in areas where the demand for legal services is growing, such as health care law and intellectual property law; upgraded our facility with modern learning technology; and expanded our networking, resource, and continuing education opportunities to benefit our alumni throughout their careers.”

The $26.3 million raised during the six years of the quiet and public phases of the campaign is a five-fold increase from the six years immediately preceding the campaign. Hobbs credits much of the success of the campaign to the talented campaign leaders, including Co-Chairs Joseph P. LaSala ’72 and Patrick C. Dunican Jr. ’91, and the support of many alumni and friends, including corporations and foundations.

Joseph LaSala acknowledged his gratitude for the generous support of donors and cited as a particular point of pride the tremendous growth in the Law School’s annual fund, known as the Fund for Seton Hall Law. “Since the campaign began, the Fund for Seton Hall Law has doubled — largely thanks to a revitalized class reunion program.”

Patrick Dunican Jr. noted that “Gifts to the Fund for Seton Hall Law provide the vital resources that allow Seton Hall Law to continue to rise, attracting the best students and increasing the value of the Seton Hall Law degree. But the need for annual giving continues beyond the campaign,” notes Dunican, “as tuition dollars alone cannot support today’s legal education — and the need to stay competitive never ends.”

Dean Hobbs concluded, “We have an extraordinary Law School and its reputation will continue to grow in the years ahead. Everyone has deeply appreciated the generosity of our donors. The overwhelming success of Seton Hall Law Rising is a statement from our alumni and the business community that Seton Hall Law is, indeed, extraordinary.”

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Janet LeMonnier
Executive Director, Communications
Office: 973-642-8583
Cell: 973-985-3165
Email: [email protected]

Michael J. Ricciardelli, J.D.
Legal Media Officer
Office: 973-642-8823
Cell: 908-447-3034
Email: [email protected]

October 03, 2011