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Fiscal Year 2023 Update

College of Law

Celebrating the impact of your generosity

Fiscal Year 2023 was a rewarding year at the College of Law. Not only were new initiatives created and ongoing priorities sustained by your generous support, but our students and faculty also were able to witness the early returns on meaningful investments made during the With Illinois campaign (October 2017 through June 2022). As we look ahead to Fiscal Year 2024 and beyond, I am eager for you to meet new Advancement staff as well as our new dean. Exciting days are ahead at the College of Law and I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support and advocacy on behalf of the students and faculty we’re so privileged to serve.

Bill Turner
Signature Bill Turner
Assistant Dean for Advancement

FY 2023 By the Numbers

Thanks to your support during this past fiscal year, the College of Law continues to be transformed, resulting in:

Dollars Raised2,555,287 Dollars Raised

Donors1,520 Donors

Gifts1,261 Gifts

Hand holding seed6 New Endowment Funds Created

*Data as of 8/1/23.

FY 2023 Highlights

Your support has helped us continue to elevate the values that make Illinois distinctive: a sense of boundless aspiration, collaboration, and a global perspective.

Students smiling and all holding trophy from National Ethics Trial Competition March 2023


The Kimball R. and Karen Gatsis Anderson Center for Advocacy and Professionalism launched in the Fall 2022 semester, ambitiously pursuing the mission of providing a world-class experience in both advocacy and professional ethics that prepares and develops competent and professional advocates with essential skills to serve their community and zealously represent their clients in all manners of legal practice. Highlights included a fall symposium, “Navigating the intersection of Advocacy and Professionalism,” a spring symposium, “Teaching the next generation of trial lawyers,” and hosting the inaugural Anderson Center Seventh Circuit Moot Court Competition. Please be on the lookout for programming during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Geinda Smith


The training and development of future leaders is more important than ever, and the College of Law responded by developing opportunities to immerse our students into meaningful and practical experiences. The Racial Justice Practicum began in the summer of 2021 to partner with legal organizations in Illinois (and nationally) doing transformative work in racial justice and equity at a time when many of these organizations are understaffed and underfunded. The ongoing success of the Practicum has been realized by our partnering agencies and our students. “The RJP empowers us as students to devote our burgeoning legal acumen to organizations specifically dedicated to addressing the disparate impacts that law can have on marginalized communities,” said Geinda Smith ’23.

Analy Ayala Blanco, recipient of the 2023 Anthony Stonitsch Memorial Scholarship with Aloysius Stonitsch.


Support for student scholarships was the greatest priority during the With Illinois campaign, and our alumni and friends enthusiastically responded to create more than 60 new scholarship funds – including both endowed scholarship funds and current-use scholarship funds. Increasing scholarship support will continue to be an important priority moving forward. The impact of your generosity not only makes a world-class legal education available to students regardless of their ability to pay, it also fosters an environment where students embrace a pay-it-forward mentality. “I hope that I will also be able to give back to others the way your family has given to me,” said Analy Ayala Blanco, recipient of the 2022-2023 Anthony Stonitsch Memorial Scholarship. (Pictured with Aloysius Stonitsch, ’83.)

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