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Issue: Spring 2015 | Section: Impact

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William K. Davenport, ’53, and Kirk A. Davenport, ’84 William K. Davenport, ’53, and Kirk A. Davenport, ’84

Impact Spring 2015

Father and Son Team Up to Establish Davenport Family Scholarship Fund

For Bill Davenport, ’53, and his son Kirk Davenport, ’84, their shared love of and appreciation for the U-M Law School has led to a desire to give back. Together, Bill and Kirk have established the Davenport Family Scholarship Fund for current and future students at Michigan Law.

Dee and Dickson Brown, ’71 Dee and Dickson Brown, ’71

Impact Spring 2015

Dee and Dickson Brown, ’71 Endow Scholarship Fund

“The more we can do to make Michigan somebody’s first choice—and make it easier to be their first choice—the better.”

Morgan Fitch Jr and wife Morgan Fitch Jr and wife

Impact Spring 2015

Morgan L. Fitch, Jr., ’48: A Legacy of Generosity

Morgan Fitch Jr., ’48, was a loyal donor to the Law School—and he continued his generosity through his estate. The Law School Fund received nearly $150,000 through charitable gift annuities established by Fitch and his wife of 68 years, Helen. 

James Zirin headshot James Zirin headshot

Impact Spring 2015

Jim Zirin, ’64: A Gift for the 50th

Jim Zirin, ’64, sees himself as a storyteller. He knows that Michigan Law has been central in his own story. In gratitude, Zirin made a significant contribution to the Law School Fund to commemorate his 50th reunion. 

Lisa and Chris Jeffries, ’74 Lisa and Chris Jeffries, ’74

Impact Spring 2015

1L Summer Funding Gets a Boost from Chris Jeffries, ’74

As a long-time real estate developer, Chris Jeffries knows the importance of functional-yet-beautiful facilities in a community, which is why he made a $5 million gift toward the building of South Hall in 2007. But he also knows that buildings are only as good as the people and experiences they house, which is why he recently made a $2.5 million gift in support of the 1L summer funding program.

Beauty image of Windows on the Law School Beauty image of Windows on the Law School

Impact Spring 2015

Recent Gifts: Spring 2015

Giving to Michigan Law is an investment in the future of legal education, and private support ensures that the excellence that has distinguished Michigan-trained lawyers continues for generations to come.

A man with white hair and his wife smile with a lake in the distance. A man with white hair and his wife smile with a lake in the distance.

Impact Spring 2015

New Scholarship Aims to Attract Future Leaders

James P. “Jim” Kennedy, ’59, believes that lawyers who are leaders solve problems and work well with clients. He has documented a $400,000 bequest to create a scholarship that will help promising leaders consider the U-M Law School.

Elaine (Murphy) Rice, ’94 Elaine (Murphy) Rice, ’94

Impact Spring 2015

Elaine (Murphy) Rice, ’94: A 20th Reunion Gift

The first gift Elaine (Murphy) Rice, ’94, ever made to the University of Michigan was in 1991 for $19.91, commemorating her upcoming graduation from the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA). Now, she and her husband, David Rice, Med ’94, are members of the University’s Presidential Society, reflecting lifetime giving of more than $75,000. 

A man in a sweater and button-down smiles in front of a warm wood wall. A man in a sweater and button-down smiles in front of a warm wood wall.

Impact Spring 2015

New Scholarship Fund Focuses on Dual Degree Opportunities

Through the new Shaughnessy Family Scholarship Fund at Michigan Law, Jim Shaughnessy, JD/MPP ’79, wants to help Michigan Law students—particularly those in dual degree programs, who incur an extra year of educational expenses while foregoing a year’s income.

Exterior view of the Reading View Exterior view of the Reading View

Impact Spring 2015

With Planned Gift, John Reed Scholarship Fund Exceeds $1 Million Goal

When Dudley Godfrey, ’52 and fellow members of the Class of 1952 decided to establish the John Reed Scholarship Fund, they hoped it would grow to $1 million. Thanks in part the generosity of Dudley and his wife, Constance, the value of the fund now exceeds $1.2 million.