Arizona State raises $37m

It was a good week for raising money, after the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University announced it has raised more than $37 million for its new building, scholarships and programming 

The law school began construction on its $129 million Arizona Center for Law and Society in July. The 280,000 square-foot building will include state-of-the-art classrooms, simulation facilities, and the ASU Alumni Law Group, a teaching law firm.

“When we launched the Building the Future Campaign, many in the community told us we wouldn’t succeed — not in this economy and not in this city. Well, our alumni and the Phoenix community have, once again, proven the naysayers wrong,” said Dean Douglas Sylvester.

The law school has secured seven gifts of $1 million or more, including $10 million gift — the largest in ASU Law’s history — from Phoenix attorney Leo Beus and his wife, Annette.

The W. P. Carey Foundation made a $3 million gift, allowing for the largest hall in the new building to be named the Armstrong Great Hall. In addition to those gifts, $10 million in testamentary gifts have been made through the course of the campaign, including one for $5 million.