Institutional Advancement Newsletter – October 2022

Fall is upon us!

As we come to the last three months of 2022, the IA Section has two more timely virtual programs on the calendar. Join us on Wednesday, November 2, for an informative conversation about Collaboration on Marquee Events and Gifts. On November 30, we will hear the NALP Foundation’s insights for IA professionals from their annual report of alumni three years after graduation. Informal networking and year-end well wishes will follow the presentation. The registration links are below.

Looking ahead, it is nearly time to elect our section leadership for 2023. Terms begin at the close of the Annual Meeting in January. A slate of section officers — co-chairs and co-chairs elect — will be presented through a virtual balloting process in December. Service on the executive committee is a great way to support colleagues in IA across the country with opportunities to learn from experts, share best practices, and network. If you are interested in learning more about the executive committee, please reach out to Liz Field, Mary Ann Soden, or any of the IA Section Officers.

Upcoming Events!

IA Section Webinar – Collaboration on Marquee Events and Gifts
Wednesday, November 2nd (New Date!)
12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT
Moderators: Liz Field and Colleen Taricani
Click here to register! (FREE)

IA Section Webinar/Social – Alumni Engagement Insights from the NALP Foundation Report with Skip Horne
Wednesday, November 30th
12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT
Moderators: Mary Ann Soden and Robin Fulton Langhans
Click here to register! (FREE)

AALS Annual Meeting – How Law Schools Can Make a Difference
January 4-7, 2023
San Diego, CA

Save the Dates
AALS Institutional Advancement Conference
June 14 & 15, 2023

Registration will open in 2023

Way to Go!

Congratulations to Heather Foss Thomas, who is taking on new challenges for the University of Maryland, College Park, as their Executive Director of Development. Your leadership of AALS IA will be missed!

We don’t believe in thankless work, so please send us a note about a job well done, an accolade for a colleague, or a successful event or project you or your team has recently undertaken! You can submit kudos to celebrate yourself or a colleague on this quick and easy form.

Professional Development

Good Read

Christine Charnosky, ALM/, Oct. 24, 2022

Legal education reporter for, details her recent immersive experience at New York Law School.

Elizabeth Olson,, updated Oct. 7, 2022

Thoughtful assessment of how the position of law school dean has evolved towards being more like a chief executive of a sprawling business than a tweed-clad dispenser of constitutional wisdom.

Good Listen

Check out the new audio podcast series Constitutional Crisis Hotline, hosted by Professors Jed Shugerman and Julie Suk. In each episode, experts will join the hosts to break down Supreme Court decisions, analyze developments in public law and policy, and discuss breaking legal news.

Good Watch

Sidelined after an accident, hotshot Los Angeles lawyer Mickey Haller restarts his career – and his trademark Lincoln – when he takes on a murder case. Starring Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Neve Campbell, and Becki Newton. Based on Michael Connelly’s novels of the same name.

Sharing is Caring

October Topic – Collaborating Across Departments

How do your law school’s fundraising and communications professionals collaborate on marquee events and gifts? Share your interdepartmental best practices on our Section Sharing Sheet on the Institutional Advancement Website!

You can post links to annual reports, alumni magazines, marketing collateral, or any other materials you’d like to share with your IA colleagues.

Welcome New Members!

We welcome colleagues who recently joined the IA discussion lists:

Did You Know?

Did you know that AALS hosts a collection of podcast episodes about legal education and the legal profession? Check out for more information.

Questions? Comments?

Feel free to reach out to your 2022 IA Section Officers:

Access past newsletter issues and archived webinars on the Institutional Advancement website.