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UK Law Class of 2015 Leaves a Legacy

class reps presenting check to the college of law

The Class of 2015 was the first class to participate in the newly created UK Law Legacy Program.  The class raised more than $1,000 as part of a pay-it-forward initiative to build a philanthropic spirit while students are still in law school.

Dean David A. Brennen explained the new Legacy Program, “This program allows students to show appreciation for their education and experiences at UK Law by bestowing a gift to the law school that will last beyond their time as students. In participating, 3L students continue a long tradition of alumni support at UK Law and ensure that future students have the same outstanding experience that they did.”

Class of 2015 students Elizabeth Combs, Kevin Havelda, Ben Monarch and Aurelia Skipworth joined efforts with faculty to encourage their class to make a suggested donation of $20.15 to honor their year of graduation.  The class reached an outstanding donor participation rate of 39%!

Kevin Havelda, Class of 2015 student and member of the Legacy Program committee described the importance of student giving.  “UK College of Law had given us so much already: incredible professors, connections in the legal community, and the preparation necessary for life after graduation.  It is essential that we continue the culture of giving before we leave the doors, in order to continue to add value to our education even before we left.”

Aurelia Skipworth agreed, “UK Law has an atmosphere that developed me into a better student, better professional, and a better person. It was important for me to give so other students can not only experience, but they can further develop the atmosphere of excellence at UK Law while becoming the best that they can be.”

The money raised by the Class of 2015 will be used to purchase artwork for the Limestone lobby entrance into the law school.  The exiting 3L class voted and selected local artist Enrique Gonzalez to produce an original painting to be displayed for the law school community to enjoy.