Giving to Cumberland School of Law Online
Cumberland School of Law
Cumberland School of Law is shaped and strengthened by its alumni and friends, whose annual gifts significantly contribute to the quality of education and life for current and future students.
At Cumberland School of Law, our alumni are the foundation of our future success. Your gifts to Cumberland provide our students with scholarships, access to top faculty, and professional opportunities.
Listing of Representative Funds
The Cumberland Fund
An annual gift provides support for student support and advocacy programs. Participation at any level gives you, the donor, an opportunity to establish a partnership with virtually every faculty member and student.
Give to The Cumberland Fund
Annual Summer Public Interest Fellowship Program
Each year, Cumberland students are invited to participate in the Cumberland Public Interest Fellowship Program. The program provides grants to students who accept nonpaying positions with a variety of nonprofit, judicial and public interest entities. In 2011 a record 77 students participated in the program.
Annual Faculty Research Stipend
Law Schools are judged, in part, by the research productivity of the faculty. Cumberland has a summer research grant program that supports and encourages our faculty to engage in significant research and writing projects. During the year, each grant recipients present the results of their efforts to the faculty for critique and refinement. Your gifts help our faculty excel in their academic pursuits, and we are all the beneficiaries.
Give to Annual Faculty Research Stipend
Jere F. White Fellows Program
Established by Jere F. White, Jr., Cumberland School of Law class of 1980, the Jere White Fellows Program seeks to recruit the outstanding students with strong credentials, a history of leadership and a commitment to service that has been demonstrated during and/or after graduation from college. Preference is given to applicants who have served in the military, Peace Corps, Teach for America or other program benefitting underserved communities.
Give to Jere F. White Fellows Program
Dean’s Discretionary Fund
The Dean’s Discretionary/Excellence fund will support faculty and students to improve their contribution to the legal profession. Funds will be used for faculty development programs and assist students who wish to travel to annual student organizational meetings
Give to Dean’s Discretionary Fund
Cumberland School of Law Library Fund
The library is the academic center of a law school. It is dynamic with ever-changing information available to be disseminated to students, faculty, practitioners and researchers. Gifts to the law library make it possible to constantly update its resources with new material.
Center For Children, Law, AND Ethics
The mission of the Center for Children, Law, and Ethics is to further the welfare and best interests of children locally, nationally, and internationally, through working collaboratively with organizations and persons engaged in furthering those ends, and by training students to contribute substantively to the field of children’s issues. The Center Director is David M. Smolin, Harwell G. Davis Professor of Constitutional Law. Professor Smolin teaches in the areas of constitutional law, family law, juvenile law, criminal law, bioethics, international human rights, children’s rights, and wills.
Student Emergency Relief Fund
Monies from the student relief fund can be utilized by any law student currently enrolled and in good standing in the Cumberland School of Law for emergencies such as, but not limited to:
- Loss due to fire, water or other damage
- Student health issues
- Immediate family emergencies such as death or illness
- Other reasons deemed sufficient by office of Student Services
Give to Student Emergency Relief Fund
Other Designated Gifts
If you would like to give to a fund not listed above, perhaps in honor of someone or to a particular student group, please fill out the form located at the link below. For a full list of available funds please contact Senior Advancement Officer David Hutchens at email@example.com or (205) 726-4542.
Give to Other Designation Gifts
What does alumni participation in the annual fund demonstrate?
One of the best ways to measure the strength of a law school is by the percentage of alumni who contribute at some level to the law school. The percentage of alumni giving is actually a number reported to the ABA each year. The percentage of alumni who give can be important in influencing potential large gift donors to contribute to the law school’s permanent endowment, and it demonstrates alumni confidence in the institution.
Why is your gift important?
Regular annual contributions are the foundation of Cumberland’s quality and progress. These vital contributions serve to extend and preserve tuition revenue and investment income for academic purposes. Each contribution counts – at any level! If a graduate feels more comfortable donating a very small amount, that participation alone has significant value and will help achieve goals that are necessary for the continued success of this law school.
For more information about these and other giving opportunities, please contact David Hutchens, Cumberland School of Law Senior Advancement Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (205) 726-4542.