Charney Hall
External Relations Update

External Relations Update – December 2020

The art of development is more nuanced than simple fundraising. Development work forges deeper and more meaningful relationships between institutions and donors and helps to connect an institution’s priorities with an individual’s (or organization’s) philanthropic passions to produce mutually gratifying outcomes. We recently welcomed to our team a new Director of Development, Ash Farrington, whose past experience includes four years serving in SCU’s Development office. Ash’s combination of professional experience and personal commitment to SCU’s Jesuit values make her the perfect person to lead this vital effort. I am pleased to share this message from Ash below. -—Steve O’Brien, Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations

I have found Santa Clara Law to be a truly special place. In my work, I am constantly reminded of the imprint that generosity leaves on our school. Because of the generous support of alumni and friends like you, Santa Clara Law can open doors for students with financial need, create innovative classroom and experiential learning opportunities and educate lawyers who lead with a commitment to excellence, ethics, and social justice.

Educating our students requires more than accomplished faculty and a rigorous curriculum. The campus and programs we enjoy today are the result of the vision, leadership, and dedication of those who came before us. Charney Hall, for example, in all of its aesthetic beauty and innovative design, illustrates the power of unifying vision with generosity. Made possible by a generous $10 million lead gift from Howard Charney MBA ’73, J.D. ’77, and his wife, Alida Schoolmaster Charney, the building has become an architectural landmark on Santa Clara’s campus and a symbol of the Law School’s commitment to integrated learning, research, and collaboration. 

Beyond bricks and mortar, the Santa Clara Law experience is distinctive for many reasons, including a diverse and high-achieving student body. Consequently, scholarships for deserving and talented students remain our highest philanthropic priority. The Strategic Initiatives Fund supports Santa Clara Law’s commitment to funding scholarships and remaining nimble in response to unanticipated needs like those recently prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. We also recently created a new option, the Dean’s Merit Scholarship Fund, to help address issues of access, affordability, enrollment diversity, and the retention of our top students well into the future.

Whether we’re discussing facilities that reflect our commitment to environmental sustainability, scholarships that make a law school education accessible, or programs that advance particular areas of scholarship, establishing priorities that align with our values is a hallmark of Santa Clara Law. Connecting alumni and others who share our commitment to Santa Clara Law’s unique brand of legal education ignites the spark to strengthen the Law School’s capabilities and produce future generations of Santa Clara lawyers. We look forward to having you join us on this rewarding journey.