|eBriefs | An Online Newsletter for Friends of the Law School | Autumn 2008|
LRAP Campaign Makes Goal
With the support of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends, the UW School of Law met the challenge by the Washington Legislature to raise $250,000 by June 30, 2008, for the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) endowment fund.
When added to the $500,000 appropriation from the state, the total raised this year and additional funds raised in previous years brought the endowment to more than $820,000. The law school was generously supported in its efforts to reach its goal through special gifts by Judy and Mark Maleng from the Norm Maleng Memorial Fund. Support also came from The Buck Law Group, PLLC, which matched law school faculty and staff contributions dollar-for-dollar. Students generated more than 25% of the portion raised by the law school, which included gifts from the classes of 2006, 2007, and 2008, as well as contributions from the student-run Public Interest Law Association (PILA).
"Our success with the LRAP campaign affirms the law school's well-established commitment to public service, which includes the Gates Public Service Law Program, a public service requirement, and the extraordinary public service work carried out by our faculty, students, and alumni," said Interim Dean Greg Hicks.
Special thanks to Rep. Jeannie Darnielle who led the effort to establish the program in the state budget. Early and important political backing of the LRAP endowment came from Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, the late King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng, UW President Mark Emmert, Puget Sound legal aid organizations, and the UW Graduate Student Senate.
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