Message from the Dean

What happens when a law school has the vision to meet the challenges of a complex, global legal market?

What happens when that law school’s alumni embrace that vision and have the courage to make gifts that transform the law school and the lives of its students?

For Courtney O’Donnell 10L, that transformative vision led her to pursue an internship at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. O’Donnell spent last fall working in the President’s Office of the Court. 

The International Criminal Court is an independent, permanent court that tries persons accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, namely genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. In her position with the court, O’Donnell worked on external relations matters and conducted legal research. She helped prepare the president of the court for meetings with ambassadors, ministers and heads of state, while providing background to legal questions and summaries of legal issues the court faced. 

O’Donnell attended Emory Law through the assistance of the Henry L. Bowden Scholarship, a $20,000 per year award donated in honor of Henry Bowden Sr. 32C 34L. Bowden served as the University’s general counsel and chair of the Board of Trustees. He tirelessly pursued fundraising on behalf of the university as a way of empowering future generations of students to pursue their dreams. Upon his retirement, Emory honored his years of service and dedication by creating the Bowden Scholarships.

At Emory Law, we prepare our students to meet the challenges of a complex, changing and increasingly global legal environment. Through our clinics, public interest opportunities, field placements and study abroad activities, our students engage the law in Atlanta, across the country and around the world.

We rely on the ongoing support of our alumni and friends. Unrestricted gifts to the Law School Fund for Excellence support student scholarships, public interest programs, career initiatives, and other vital priorities.

Gifts to the endowment increase student financial aid while supporting cutting-edge scholarly research by our faculty. Investments in our clinics in environmental law, international humanitarian law, and child law and policy not only help students engage the law but also assist the broader community—both here and around the world.

Often, it can be easy to forget the importance of alumni support. Emory Law’s endowment, valued at approximately $30 million, remains significantly lower than that of our peer institutions—many of which have endowed funds ten times that amount. Through Campaign Emory Law, we seek alumni and friends with the vision to invest in the school and both support our immediate funding priorities and provide longer-term assistance through gifts to the endowment.

Our vision is of a law school with the flexibility to meet today’s challenges coupled with outstanding students who are free to pursue their dreams without the concern of high educational debt.

With your ongoing support, we can realize this vision together.

Robert A. Schapiro
Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law