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Founders Circle

  • Join the Founders Circle

    Charitable gifts from alumni and friends provide critical support for our students, faculty members and programs. The Founders Circle recognizes financial support of Vanderbilt Law School by those who make annual gifts of $2,500 and up. Alumni who received their Vanderbilt Law degrees within the last 10 years are eligible for membership with an annual gift of $1,000. There are four recognition levels:

    Member: $2,500 ($1,000 for Recent Graduates)
    Benefactor: $5,000-$9,999
    Dean's List: $10,000-$24,999
    Cornelius Vanderbilt: $25,000 and up

  • The 2017 Founders Circle Dinner

    The annual Founders Circle Dinner, hosted by Dean Chris Guthrie, will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Vanderbilt Law School. For information about hotel rooms, please contact Sarah Poteete at sarah.p.poteete@vanderbilt.edu or (615) 322-8445.  

    Darren Robbins 

    The Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented to
    Darren Robbins (JD'93)

     Janie Greenwood Harris

    The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to
    Janie Greenwood Harris (LLB'64)

  • The 2016 Founders Circle Dinner

    The annual Founders Circle dinner, hosted by Dean Chris Guthrie, was held Friday, April 15, 2016 at Vanderbilt Law School.

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    The Distinguished Alumna Award was presented to Stephanie Parker (JD'84)

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    The Distinguished Service Award was presented to The Honorable Aleta Arthur Trauger (MAT'72, JD'76)

     

  • The 2015 Founders Circle Dinner

    The annual Founders Circle dinner hosted by Dean Chris Guthrie was held on Friday, April 10th at Vanderbilt Law School beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.

    Charles Gerdts IV, JD'78
    The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented posthumously to
    Charles "Chet" Gerdts III (JD'78)

    Victor "Torry" Johnson III, JD'74

    The Distinguished Service Award was presented to
    Victor "Torry" Johnson III (JD'74)

    An article featuring the honorees can be found here.

  • The 2014 Founders Circle Dinner

    Founders Circle members are invited to an annual dinner hosted by Dean Chris Guthrie that celebrates their generosity to Vanderbilt Law School. The 2014 Founders Circle Dinner was held on Friday, April 11 at the Student Life Center.

    Frank Garrison

    The Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Frank M. Garrison, Jr. (BA'76, JD'79)

    Alyne Massey

    The Distinguished Service Award was presented posthumously to Alyne Queener Massey (BA'48)

  • The 2013 Founders Circle Dinner

    The 2013 Founders Circle Dinner was held on Friday, April 12 in the Law School's North Lobby.

    Richard S. Aldrich Jr. (JD'75) was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award and Lee S. Cutcliff (BA'61, LLB'67) was presented with the Distinguished Service Award. Click here to see a list of all past award recipients.

    View a photo slideshow of highlights from the evening.

     2013 Founders Circle Dinner

    2013 Founders Circle Dinner honorees Lee Cutcliff and Richard Aldrich