When Laura Magnotta ’13 was in third grade, she went to career day as a lawyer — suit, briefcase, and “files” in tow. Although she acknowledges that at the age of 8 she didn’t know what it meant to be a lawyer, she says that as she got older and began to understand what lawyers actually do, her desire to pursue the profession grew.
"I love the law and our profession," said James W. Durham ’65. "It all starts with our education. As I weighed the choices of where I can make a difference with my volunteer time and financial resources, our law school and the legal profession came out on top."
1997 Classmates join efforts to endow scholarship — Four friends and Dickinson School of Law classmates made a pact as third-year students in September 1996: to never cook a meal on their own. Dave Farsiou, Wayne Mowery, John Phoebus, and Jeff Yelen, all members of the Class of 1997, lived on campus, bought a meal plan at Dickinson College, and created a schedule for lunch and dinner at various diners in town. “I am proud that I cooked not a single meal,” said Phoebus, who now enjoys a career in criminal defense and litigation in Crisfield, Maryland, and the surrounding area.
At the age of 60 and following a forty-year career in education and the military, James R. Montgomery ’93 enrolled at The Dickinson School of Law. It was his experience as a nontraditional law student that inspired him, along with Professor Les MacRae, to create the Montgomery and MacRae Award for Nontraditional Students, which financially supports and honors outstanding nontraditional students at the Law School.
"Someone helped me through every stage of my life," said Joseph C. Korsak PSU ’71. "No one is so talented that they can do it alone. That is why I have to give back."
"I've thought for a long time that it's disgraceful for society to encourage students to graduate from college and law school with a huge amount of debt," said Robert M. Frey ’53. "I knew the students and the school needed the money, and they still do."
“When I went to Dickinson, I received a very small scholarship from an affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and those funds helped me pay the interest on my student loans during law school,” said Curt Toll ‘94, shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. “At a time when student debt is skyrocketing and legal jobs are scarce, alumni need to take account of the things that attributed to their success and make every effort possible to make the path for others just a little easier.” For this reason, Toll, along with fellow Philadelphia area alumni Kevin Steele ‘92, first assistant district attorney in Montgomery County, Tracy Steele ‘95, partner at Morgan Lewis, and others, are spearheading efforts to raise funds to endow the Philadelphia Area Alumni Chapter Scholarship and to encourage peers to become involved as donors to the Law School.