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Graham and Reese Challenge Fellow Alumni

Cara and Jim Graham
Cara and Jim Graham

Between now and December 31, 2006, the pair will match all new and increased gifts to the Law Annual Fund up to $5,000 per donor. It is the hope of Jim and Gib that their challenge acts as a catalyst for increased philanthropic support of their alma mater. Both men know the impact private support has upon the law school. They would also like to share the joy that comes with seeing your gifts make a difference in the lives of those who wish to follow in your footsteps.

The Law Annual Funds serves the Michael E. Moritz College of Law in the most dynamic ways. A truly unrestricted fund, the Law Annual Fund allows Nancy H. Rogers, dean of the Moritz College, to meet ever-changing opportunities and challenges through innovative programming, student financial support, capital improvement and faculty supplements. The flexibility afforded to the Dean through the Law Annual Fund allows her to aggressively address the most pressing needs of the Moritz College, while creating new and exciting opportunities for growth and learning based on the current demands of the legal profession.

Lou and Gib Reese
Lou and Gib Reese

Recently, reductions in state support have illustrated just how vital private philanthropy is to the Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Whereas in years past, state support accounted for the lion's share of The Ohio State University's operating budget, now tuition and private support are the leading funding streams for the institution. This comes at a time when the Moritz College of Law is poised to become one of the nation's preeminent law schools. Our renowned faculty, gifted students and exceptional academic programming make the Michael E. Moritz College of Law the leader in many areas of legal education and research. Our innovative programs, remarkable students and leading faculty are simply not possible without consistent and dependable funding.

It is this consistent and dependable funding which Gib and Jim hope to inspire by their challenge. Alumni support is important not simply because it is a determining factor in the rankings, but more importantly because of the tangible effect it has on the quality legal education provided by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. In jest, however, both men have expressed that the real reason they feel that alumni heeding the call of the challenge is to "stick it to them" financially.