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Susan Ahearn, assistant dean for developmentSusan Ahearn
Assistant Dean
for Development




Satcha Dearborn-GrahamSatcha
Dearborn Graham
Associate Director
of Development and Director of Annual Giving


Dean’s Club gains momentum

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From left, Dean’s Club charter members Tony Ravani ’07, Professor Emeritus Dick Settle and Sim Osborn ’84 talk with Director of Alumni Relations Eva Mitchell. In late March, Dean Kellye Testy hosted a reception for current and prospective Dean’s Club charter members to celebrate the growing group of friends and alumni who provide critical advocacy and financial support. Dean Testy’s comments focused on charting together a trajectory of excellence. She was joined by editors-in-chief Jessica Levin of the Seattle Journal for Social Justice and Dan Brown of the SU Law Review, as well as Visiting Professor John McKay, former U.S. attorney.

Onward and upward
With the news of the law school’s significant jump (from 93 last year to 85 this year) in the U.S. News & World Report rankings (only five schools out of 184 enjoyed a greater upward move), and extraordinary press around both Charles Swift ’94 and Adjunct Professor John McKay, there has been considerable national attention recently focused on Seattle University School of Law.

Propelled more solidly into the top ranks of the nation’s law schools, we have also enjoyed a marked increase in alumni giving. Total gifts to the law school’s 2005-06 annual fund were up by 400% over two years ago, while overall gifts to the law school topped $1.8 million, more than twelve-fold the total raised in private support in 2003-04.

According to Assistant Dean for Development Susan Ahearn, the law school is well positioned to surpass these results by June 30, the end of the 2007 fiscal year. To date, numbers of annual fund donors are up 20% over last year.  Significantly, the Class of 2007 is also spearheading a gift to the annual fund, with a generous challenge grant from another member of the class who has pledged an additional $1,000 if the class achieves a 35 percent participation rate.

Still, only about 600 individuals – out of  8,500 alumni – are providing all the private support the law school currently enjoys. To compete among this nation’s top law schools – and most important, to support our students and faculty – the law school seeks to engage many more alumni. 

"Participation in the annual fund is key to our success, as we are all stakeholders who have much invested in this school,” Dean Kellye Testy said. “No school today can exist on tuition revenue alone. I could not be more proud of the outstanding legal education Seattle University School of Law provides. You can feel confident we will continue to work hard to make good on your investment."

For more information, please visit  To make an online contribution, click on “Giving.”


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