Dean’s Message


Dean Boise

The Giving Book lifts up the myriad ways our alumni stay involved and active with the College of Law, and again this year there is much to share and celebrate. In short, we look back on an extraordinary year of participation and generosity.

The numbers tell part of the story. As you’ll read, we exceeded our overall fundraising goal for the year, saw increased giving to our priority funds, and endowed new scholarships. In this issue, you’ll also read how Orange Law alumni consistently and exceptionally support the College with their time, talent, and treasure. Throughout the year, you have responded to our requests for assistance with an enthusiasm that is inspiring.

As with previous issues of the Giving Book, in these pages you will read examples of alums hiring graduates, hosting interns or externs, teaching, assisting at orientation and residencies, serving on panels, and judging and coaching advocacy competitions. You will also see examples of alumni leadership in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within our community and energizing the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.

“The example you set is an integral part

of the education our students receive.”

Your purposeful engagement leads to positive career outcomes for our students. It’s that simple. Along the way, you lead by example, and the example you set is an integral part of the education our students receive from your alma mater. 

The Hon. Thérèse Wiley Dancks L’91 gives voice to the importance of modeling the right professional and ethical example for young lawyers: 

“Mentoring young lawyers is so important to keeping our profession civil and respected, and in the long run, to help uphold the rule of law,” Judge Dancks says, noting that she urges interns in her charge to consider mentoring junior lawyers as soon as they are in a position to do so. “I tell them that we all enhance each other with our successes, so it is important for them to help other Orange alums succeed.”

Well said, Judge Dancks. In the spirit of the holiday season, I thank our alumni family sincerely for your generosity, engagement, and leadership, and I wish you peace, happiness, and good health.

Very truly yours,

Craig M. Boise
Dean and Professor of Law