Institutional Advancement Newsletter – March 2023

Springing Forward

Spring is here at last and with it we’re hitting our stride. Thank you to everyone who attended the IA Section’s first webinar of the year. If you missed it, a recording of “The Healing Effects of After-Death Communications and Recognition” can be accessed here.

Special thanks to IA Section co-chair Liz Field for her role in moderating the conversation.

Upcoming Events

Expanding Fundraising and Alumni Engagement Capacity through Partnerships
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
3:00 p.m. EST / 12:00 pm PST

Moderator: Courtney Stombock

During this session, we will share and discuss ways to partner with teams within the law school and across the university, especially development and alumni engagement, to increase engagement and fundraising success. Whether you work for an independent law school or are part of a large university advancement system, there will be tips that everyone can use to develop meaningful partnerships.

Click here to register! (FREE)

IA Section Social: Commencement Cheers & Tears
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
3:00 p.m. EST / 12:00 p.m. PST

Moderators: Mary Ann Soden and Colleen Taricani

Break out the regalia and cue Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance – it’s graduation time! Gather with your IA colleagues to celebrate (or commiserate!) about this annual milestone.

Registration forthcoming

IA Section Virtual Conference – Save the Date!
June 14-15, 2023

A robust lineup of sessions relevant to IA professionals across the board has taken shape thanks to many of our section members who will as panelists, speakers, and moderators. The Virtual Conference planning committee looks forward to launching registration in the near future. In the meantime contact conference co-chairs Judy Asbury and Andy Yang with your questions or input.

Details & registration forthcoming

Institutional Advancement Around the Country

Our IA Section members are hard at work around the country. Send in photos from your events, travels, and other happenings! To be featured in an upcoming newsletter, submit your photos with brief captions to Robin Langhans at [email protected].

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UCI Law Associate Director of Alumni and External Relations Rebekah Bergeron (right) hosted six alumni gatherings to introduce our new dean, Austen Parrish (left), to alumni around the country, including Shirley Diaz ’18 (center) in Washington, D.C.

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Seton Hall Law hosted an Alumni Volunteers Appreciation Night, bringing together volunteers from various affinity groups to network with each other and allow the Office of Alumni & Development to show our gratitude for their dedication and generosity.

Way to Go!

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.

Sharing Is Caring

March Sharing Topic – Acknowledging Loss

Has your institution communicated with your constituencies about the loss of a significant member of your law school community? Share your announcements, event scripts, and/or “in memoriam” articles via our Section Sharing Sheet on the Institutional Advancement Website!

Professional Development

Good Read

Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at public colleges are under attack in several states. Will conservatives’ attempts to eliminate diversity offices and staff members survive legal challenges? Adrienne Lu talked to some experts to find out.

Good Listen

Good Watch

Philanthropy disruptor Sara Lomelin thinks communities can build power through collective giving and the model of “giving circles”: groups of people with shared values who come together to make change, strengthen their social fabric and help diverse solutions get funded. Learn the four steps to start a thriving giving circle in your community — and see how thousands of people worldwide are already part of this movement to usher in a new era of philanthropy that is democratic and joyful.

Did You Know?

AALS Sections are interest groups comprised of faculty members and professional staff of AALS member schools. Sections present programs at the AALS Annual Meeting and provide newsletters for their members. They may also present awards, offer mentoring programs, and provide exam exchanges, directories, and discussion lists. To view a full list of AALS sections, visit

Questions? Comments?

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