Law grads bring thousands of memories back to the Law School each year during Alumni Weekend. And a lot of financial love as well.
As of the evening of Saturday, April 16, the Classes of 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011 had raised a record-breaking total of $5.8 million in gifts and multi-year pledges in support of William & Mary Law School. That number will increase until the fiscal year ends on June 30, and will be reported this summer.
With that great news came the announcement of the winner of the third annual Red-Hot Reveley Award for Outstanding Class Participation. Taking the honors was the Class of 1966, with 45.7 percent of the class making a commitment in honor of their 50th reunion. The Class set a record for reunions with gifts totaling more than $2.7 million.
The Red-Hot Reveley Award is a black velvet portrait of William & Mary President, and former Law Dean, Taylor Reveley dressed like Elvis. The theme refers to a popular Elvis shrine located in the student lounge in the 1980s-90s.
The Dean’s Wine and Cheese Reception in the Law School lobby kicked off the weekend on Friday, after which the various classes met for dinner at a number of local restaurants.
The next morning featured a wide array of events, including golf at Kingsmill Resort and a reception and brunch for members of the classes of 1966 through 1981 at the historic Wren Building. On hand at the latter event were students of Law Cappella, who performed a stunning rendition of the College’s Alma Mater on the Wren portico.
Also keeping alumni busy were walking tours of Colonial Williamsburg, a guided tour around Lake Matoaka with Professor Emeritus John Levy, and a family picnic at the Law School. During the picnic, the College’s Griffin made a surprise appearance, and children enjoyed getting their faces painted by Bubbles the Clown and playing with balloon animals.
There was also a “Conversation With Dean Douglas” on Saturday afternoon, during which alumni could learn about the latest happenings at the Law School and about the state of law education in general.
On Saturday night, the festivities capped off with classes getting together at Kingsmill Resort for a cocktail reception, dinner, after-dinner reception, dancing, and announcements of class gifts.
Private gifts through class reunions support generous scholarships and summer public service fellowships that directly impact students, as well as clinics and innovative programs as the Center for Legal and Court Technology. Private support helps the country’s oldest law school thrive.
Which class will take home the Red-Hot Reveley Award next year? Find out when reunions for the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 are held on April 7-8, 2017. Please mark your calendars now. The Saturday evening celebration will again be held at Kingsmill Resort.
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