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VOL. 119 | NO. 158 | Thursday, September 1, 2005

Deutsch Seeks Increased Support for Law School

By Lane Gardner Camp

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"We have established an ambitious program to build both our percentage of participation in the annual fund from our law graduates and to build the total dollars contributed."
- Alleen Deutsch
Name: Alleen Deutsch
Position: Director of development
Company: University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Basics: Deutsch joined the U of M July 1 after gaining extensive experience in development with private, independent and large public universities.

Dr. Alleen Deutsch joined the University of Memphis July 1 as director of development for the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Deutsch has extensive experience in private, independent and large public universities. Previously, she spent more than five years as director of development and alumni relations with the Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Deutsch has a bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She earned a master's degree and Ph.D. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Q. What attracted you to this position at the University of Memphis?

"The exciting opportunity and challenge to establish and grow the development program for private support to the law school from our graduates and friends, and to be part of the planning for an anticipated capital campaign for a new law school."

Q. Is it customary for a law school to have a development officer separate from the university with which it is affiliated?

"Yes. Law development operations typically have a staff of four - or more - to support the development program at the law school. Law development officers work in coordination with the other advancement officers of the university."

Q. What is the purpose of this position for the University of Memphis law school?

"To focus on building, maintaining and enhancing the important relationships with our law graduates and friends of the school, and to build the private support that enables the Humphreys School of Law to provide a critical margin of excellence in our program of legal education."

Q. Tell me about your immediate and long-term plans to increase annual giving to the law school.

"We have established an ambitious program to build both our percentage of participation in the annual fund from our law graduates and to build the total dollars contributed. We will focus on personal visits with law graduates and organizing various 'mini-campaigns' with University of Memphis law graduates as volunteers to encourage and seek annual gifts from their graduate-colleagues. These will include law firms and other organizations, reunion years, special affiliate groups, such as Law Review board members, Moot Court, past scholarship recipients and the establishment of a class gift campaign for third-year graduating students, among others."

Q. What have you found to be the secret to generating gifts (major and minor) to an educational institution?

"Relationships, involvement, philanthropic values, motivation and the ability to give."

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