Institutional Advancement Newsletter – May/June 2023

That’s a Wrap!

Congratulations Commencement Survivors!

The academic year has drawn to a close, and our newest class of graduates is on to bar prep. Not necessarily quieter in IA, of course. Thank you to everyone who attended the IA Section’s spring social on Commencement Cheers & Tears. It offered opportunities for stories and tips for celebrations of all types. Special thanks to Colleen Taracani and Mary Ann Soden at UCI Law for facilitating. Next up is the IA Conference. See the details below for speakers and registration. This is free for all, with topics across our diverse specialties. We hope to see you there!

IA Section Conference

Making a Difference in a Changing World
June 14 | 12 pm – 6:40 pm ET/9 am – 3:40 pm PT
June 15 | 12:45 pm – 5:30 pm ET/9:45 am – 2:30 pm PT

Held virtually on Zoom, no registration fees

Law school communications, marketing, development, and alumni affairs professionals are convening virtually over the course of this two-day conference to be inspired and re-energized. The 33 speakers appearing include law school alumni relations, advancement, and development professionals; fundraisers; communications experts; law school faculty, administrators, and deans; journalists; and more. Learn from experts, hear the stories of successful programs and events that engage alumni and donors, and pick up tips on how to navigate your own career path.

Session topics include:

Best of all, make connections with new colleagues and expand your network. Register in advance at the link below to receive your access to the free conference.

Click here to register!

Upcoming Events

What’s on the menu? Alumni-Student Dining Programs

July 26 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET/12 pm – 1:00 pm PT

Long a main course for many alumni operations, alumni-hosted and sponsored dining opportunities provide a unique way to create connections across generations while supporting students in their development. Join colleagues from across the country in perusing the menu of ideas on this topic and how they can benefit both law students and alumni alike. Participants will, identify the major elements of planning a student-alumni networking function, begin the development of their own student-alumni meal function, and interact with at least two other colleagues on the topic of professional development and program creation.


Click here to register! (FREE)

Institutional Advancement Around the Country

Our IA Section members are hard at work around the country. Send in photos of 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].

Penn State Dickinson Law was recognized by the University’s Division of Development & Alumni Relations (DDAR) with the Teamwork & Collaboration Award at the division’s annual awards ceremony held on May 15. Kelly Rimmer, director of development and alumni affairs, and Robin Langhans, director of alumni relations, CLE & special events, accepted the award on behalf of Penn State Dickinson Law. (Photo caption: Penn State Interim Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations Dave Lieb (far left) poses with DDAR award recipients, including Penn State Dickinson Law’s Kelly Rimmer (4th from left) and Robin Langhans (5th from left).

Victoria Grantham (2nd on left), Senior Executive Director, Communications and Marketing at Fordham University School of Law, enjoyed the company of some of her Fordham Law School colleagues at graduation. Victoria, a former AALS Institutional Advancement Section Co-Chair and current Executive Committee member, recently announced she will be joining Vassar as the school’s VP of Communications later this summer. Please join us in congratulating Victoria on this latest achievement and thanking her for her innumerable contributions to our national network of law school IA professionals. She will be missed!

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.

Professional Development

Good Read

Good Listen

Good Watch (light and breezy for summer)

Sharing is Caring


Does your school get eerily quiet in the summer months, or do you continue to chip away at alumni events, engagement, stewardship, etc.? Do you have a summer strategy for staying connected and motivated while “everyone else is on vacation!” Share your stories, tips, and 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.

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?

Feel free to reach out to your 2023 IA Section Officers:

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