Alumni and Donors
College of Law alumni are partners in our ongoing efforts to provide quality legal education.
You are a partner in our success
Gifts made to the University of Tennessee College of Law make a tremendous difference in the lives of UT Law students. Thanks to your support, UT College of Law can continue its tradition of delivering excellence while educating the leaders of tomorrow.
In appreciation for these gifts, donors receive recognition through membership in one of several giving societies. These societies honor individuals who contribute a minimum of $2,500 annually or establish endowments or bequests that support the College of Law.
UT Law is grateful for the generosity of the individuals, corporations and foundations who have made the following giving societies possible.
Tennessee Hall Society ($1 million +)
From the college’s original building, Tennessee Hall, at the corner of Cumberland and Poplar to our current location on Cumberland between 16th and James Agee, the University of Tennessee College of Law has always stood proudly serving as a beacon of legal education. In the same way that the college’s building is a monument to education, our donors who have committed $1 million or more to the college represent our continued commitment to excellence in legal education.
Harold C. Warner Society (Endowments)
Harold C. Warner brought the UT College of Law into our modern history through his leadership as dean. To recognize his work in advancing the college, the Col. Warner Society recognizes a special group of individuals and businesses whose support strengthens our College now and forever. It honors donors who have established an endowed fund at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Each endowment is an expression of the unique interests and concerns of its founder. Some endowments are important tributes or lasting memorials to loved ones. Others are an expression of the founder’s commitment to a particular cause – scholarship, faculty support, program support, the law library services, clinical education, and many more. And some are discretionary endowments that allow the College of Law the flexibility to respond to changing needs over time.
Every endowment is an integral piece of the philanthropic resources of the College of Law. And each donor is making a difference in the lives of others today, and for generations to come.
Thomas J. Freeman Society (Estate Plans)
The Thomas J. Freeman Society, named for UT College of Law’s first dean, recognizes and honors individuals and families who, through their estate plans, have established a planned gift of any size benefiting UT College of Law. These future gifts can take many forms, such as a bequest through a will or personal trust or one of several charitable life-income plans
In 1890, the University of Tennessee College of Law opened its doors to the first class of law students in Knoxville. That class had only three students and one faculty member, but from those humble beginnings an institution known for excellent legal education through the focused combination of doctrinal coursework and practical experience has flourished.
The College of Law relies on the continued support of donors each year who give to the College Fund for Law and other areas of the school. The dedication and generosity of these donors enables the College of Law to make bold progress in legal education.
Alumni and friends gifting $2,500 or more during the previous calendar year to the College Fund will be members of this group of esteemed supporters. Updates to this society are made near the beginning of each year. In an effort to continue the college’s legacy of excellence, alumni and friends are encouraged to make a gift like this each and every year. We hope everyone will consider making a yearly commitment to be part of this inner circle.
RBJ Campbelle, Jr. and Maude Rieseden Hughett Societies
RBJ Campbelle, Jr. (1956) was the first African-American graduate of UT Law and helped establish the college’s foundation as a diverse and inclusive community. The RBJ Campbelle Jr. Society honors those who give between $1,000 and $2,499 to the College Fund for Law in a calendar year.
Maude Rieseden Hughett (1909) was another of UT Law’s trailblazers as the first female to graduate from the College of Law. The Maude Riseden Hughett Society honors those who give a minimum of $1,000 in a calendar year.
Alumni and friends who give $1,000 to $2,499 to the College Fund during the previous calendar year will be members of this group of supporters. Updates to this society are made near the beginning of each year.