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Class of 2013 Breaks Giving Participation Records at Stanford Law School
“To borrow from a famous phrase, I am here—and I can do great things—because I stand on the shoulders of those who came before me,” says Aimee Krause, JD ’13, class treasurer and chair of the 2013 Class Gift Campaign committee. “If it weren't for generations of generous alumni who built the clinics, built the Levin Center [for Public Service and Public Interest Law], established space for phenomenal faculty, and funded my financial aid, I would not be the person or the lawyer I am today. Participating in the class gift is my way of saying thank you to the law school for an incredible experience.”
The Class of 2013 has exceeded the gift campaign participation rate of each of the preceding five classes: 92 percent of graduates made a gift or pledge, raising an impressive $96,000. Not bad for recent graduates who are just starting their legal careers. Generosity is, indeed, the Stanford way.
This year’s Class Gift Campaign committee members are passionate about giving back to SLS and mobilizing their classmates to keep the school strong for upcoming generations. Each member comes from a wide variety of backgrounds and will venture out on various career paths.
Krause will be working for Sidley Austin in New York for one year before clerking for Judge Margo K. Brodie. Another graduate and campaign committee member, Cathleen Hartge, JD ’13, will remain in the Bay Area for her clerkship with Ninth Circuit Judge William Fletcher in San Francisco.
Some graduates will be traveling much farther. Jake Klonoski, JD ’13, the recipient of the 2013 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service to Stanford Law School, will resume his service with the U.S. Navy overseas.
As these students begin their lifelong tenure as Stanford Law School alumni, they pause to savor the memories and lessons that were most meaningful to them. While at Stanford, Hartge had her eyes opened to the worlds of constitutional law and criminal law through spending a full academic quarter working with the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. “I've had the opportunity to go to Washington, DC, twice to watch the intricacies of appellate law unfold as a member of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic,” she says. “I was able to do so only through the generous support of alumni, and I want future students to have access to such opportunities.”
“Stanford brought me back from serving in the military during wartime and reminded me of what I had been defending,” says Klonoski, who will serve in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy for one year before clerking for Judge Harry Pregerson in Woodland Hills, California. “The thoughtful, brilliant, good-hearted, tireless people here dedicated to serving society have been an inspiration that will keep me pushing myself for the rest of my life. My class’s message of thanks is one I believe in very much.”
The Stanford Law School community congratulates the great Class of 2013 on their many successes. Given their record-breaking participation in collectively demonstrating their support for the school, we can be sure that their relationship with SLS will not end here. Whether through SLS alumni chapter communities around the world, or investing in the future of the school through continued engagement in giving of time and resources, this will surely not be the last we’ll hear from the Stanford Law School Class of 2013.