The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has held the annual Gold ’n Gavel Auction and Reception since 2013, and it has been a wonderful way for us to get together to celebrate ASU Law’s many achievements, all while raising money for our students and programs. We had to cancel last year’s event because of the pandemic, so I am excited to announce that we are back on this year. We cannot wait to host you on Friday, November 19 at our 2021 Annual Gold ’n Gavel!
This past year has presented many challenges for all of us – in so many different ways. Our goal was to provide the best law school experience possible, tailored to meet our students’ unique needs, while keeping everyone safe. I am proud to say we did just that and even more in 2020 – thanks largely to your generosity and support.
Last fall, we welcomed our most highly credentialed class for the third year in a row, and we again broke our record for JD applications, with more than 4,700. The class is also the most diverse in our history, with one-third identifying as students of color.
When many of our students faced financial stress because of the pandemic, you – our generous donors – and faculty raised over $2.5 million in financial support. These donations provided our students with public interest fellowships, first-generation and diversity scholarships, externship stipends, experiential learning opportunities, and support for essential needs.
These results are a testament to ASU Law’s ongoing transformation from a strong regional law school to becoming one of the most important institutions of legal training in the world, inspiring this year’s Gold ’n Gavel theme: “50 Years of Global Impact.” Over the past 10 years, ASU Law has progressed like no other law school. We have added dozens of new faculty, almost doubled enrollment of incoming JD students nationally and internationally, increased diversity, achieved financial self-sufficiency, all while moving up the ranks to become a top 25 law school.
And there is so much more to come – but we can’t do it alone. As an elite public law school with limited public funding, we need your ongoing support. ASU Law faculty and staff are relentlessly focused on continuing to provide our students with unparalleled opportunities to help them pursue their passions, all while keeping the cost of attending law school as affordable as possible.
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we have been able to award every first-year JD student a scholarship. Gold ‘n Gavel – by which we mean all of you – has raised over $600,000, making that possible.
For this year’s event, you will be able to join us in person or virtually. Our goal is to raise $100,000, and you can help us reach this milestone by donating an auction item or making a financial contribution. Contact Austin Prutch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 480-965-8425 for more details.
My heartfelt thanks for all that you do to make ASU Law the amazing place it is. We hope you will continue to invest in our students and our community. And let me say again – we cannot wait to see you on November 19!
Dean Douglas Sylvester
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law