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September 19, 2014

Motion to Lead campaign

by Dan Rodriguez

Yesterday, Northwestern Law launched a historic fundraising campaign.

Motion to Lead: The Campaign for Northwestern Law will raise $150 million for financial aid, curricular innovation, law-business-technology programs, social justice initiatives, the Bluhm Legal Clinic, global projects, and the new Center for Practice Engagement & Innovation. This campaign will build the philanthropic support that will enable us—with creativity, energy, and innovative thinking—to address the challenges facing legal education. These challenges are inextricably bound up with the future of the legal profession, and how we prepare our students for that future.  Our students have high expectations of us, as they should. We are taking bold steps to meet and exceed these expectations.  This campaign is an example: it is the largest fundraising campaign in the school’s history.  We have already raised $67 million toward our very ambitious goal.  (To put that in historical context, our last campaign raised a total of $78 million.)  Developing the resources that will enable us to leverage our existing assets and create new ones is an essential obligation because in the future it will not be enough to be merely excellent.  In the future, the best law schools will be different in ways that make a difference. And that is our plan.

In the coming weeks, I’ll discuss more—much more—about the specifics of the campaign and the Law School’s strategic plan on this blog. I look forward to sharing that with you.

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