Chase's Funding Priorities
"May we continue to live up to the goals, vision and commitment of our predecessors as we seek to define Chase's role for the future."
- Former Chase dean David Short in The Lawyers' School, A Centennial History of Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Every law degree has a value. Your degree is from NKU Chase. It has a value to the law firms that might employ you, the clients who might retain you, and to the judges who will hear your arguments. That degree has a value whether you are at the beginning of your career, in mid-stream, or even at the end.
Our vision at Chase is to increase the value of every Chase degree. This guides our every decision, every day. It is the single dream infused in our administrators and staff, and is the ultimate goal of our continuous faculty efforts to improve our curriculum and scholarship. These efforts are paying off. We are increasing the value of your degree every day.
There are many stories from our alumni about how law school would not have been an option for some of them, were it not for Chase's evening program or affordable tuition. Many speak of overcoming obstacles and hardship to make their way to Chase – and then using their degrees to excel in their chosen fields. Some speak of Chase faculty, classmates, or friends of the law school as critical to their success. We hope you will take a moment to reflect on the people and degrees that have helped you succeed in your career.
Invest in Chase. Increase the value of your degree.
Funding Student Scholarships
NKU Chase is dedicated to helping students realize the dream of a law degree. Your support with student scholarships can help make that dream a reality. Alumnus Ken Kinder '00 and his wife Michelle have pledged their support to NKU Chase with a will bequest. Their love for Chase extends to their eastern Kentucky roots. Their gift plans intend to nurture those roots to ensure that the connection between Chase and eastern Kentucky remains vital.
The Kinders have added a generous bequest to their estate plan that will one day provide scholarship support for deserving NKU Chase law students who hail from eastern Kentucky. Ken has a successful transactional practice, and since he is a founding partner and member of the board of advisors of Chase's Transactional Law Practice Center, the Kinder scholarships will benefit law students interested in practicing transactional law.
Ken is one of a number of Chase alumni and students who hail from the far eastern counties of the Commonwealth. Like so many other alumni from the region, Ken wants to "help eastern Kentucky students who may have limited opportunities and limited resources. Chase has always had a strong commitment to the region. Michelle and I want to perpetuate that."
Michelle observes that she and Ken "really did attend Chase together, even though I was the supporting spouse at the time. It was clear that Ken really enjoyed law school and that the faculty cared; that mattered to me."
NKU Chase has recently created the Regional Placement Program to support students who wish to practice in smaller communities.
Promoting Faculty Excellence
The first and last people a law student encounters in law school are the faculty members. They educate, support, and train each generation of lawyers from NKU Chase and we seek to support their efforts. For more than 30 years, Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III has supported Chase and its faculty through his volunteer service as adjunct faculty, serving on several dean search committees, as chair of the Visiting Committee in the mid-1980s, and as president of the Kentucky Bar Association, when he testified before the Kentucky Council on Higher Education on behalf of Chase when Chase's future was threatened. Robinson is also co-founder and first president of the Salmon P. Chase American Inn of Court, he received Chase College of Law’s Distinguished Service Award in 1987, and in 2010 received the inaugural Honorary Alumnus Award. In 2011, as the incoming president of the American Bar Association, he delivered the commencement address and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Chase.
"For my wife Joan, and me, NKU and Chase College of Law have special family significance. Both of our sons, Tay and Todd, graduated from Northern Kentucky University and my brother, J. Bernard (Bernie) Robinson, is a 1978 graduate of Chase. A financial contribution to Chase College of Law is really an investment in the future that will pay dividends for many years to come. Joan and I are pleased and privileged to contribute to the success of the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and Northern Kentucky University.”
Bill and Joan Robinson chose a very cost-effective gift plan when they named NKU Chase College of Law beneficiary of a life insurance policy. When one compares the annual premium on the policy to the eventual gift value, this gift offers just the sort of substantial return on charitable investment Bill supports.
You can view just a few of our recent faculty successes in the Faculty Features.
Enhancing Curricular Innovations
NKU Chase has long featured a curriculum that inculcates practical components into doctrinal classes and offers an impressive array of clinics, field placements, pro bono opportunities, and other practical experiences. We strive to offer the students an innovative curriculum and experience that will assist them thrive in the global marketplace. Alumnus Richard "Dick" Lawrence '71 believes in our pursuit of innovation. His reason for giving back to Chase is simple and compelling; "Chase invested in me, so I have invested in Chase."
Lawrence is an accomplished and honored trial lawyer, specializing in medical malpractice. He enrolled in Chase's evening division in the fall of 1967. At the time, he was married and working full-time. He remains grateful that Chase gave him the opportunity to earn his JD.
"I feel blessed in my career and have wanted to give back to the legal profession. Supporting Chase is easy because Chase was there when I needed it. Chase has made a significant contribution to the region. I want to support its continuation and growth."
Dick's significant philanthropy has included funding the Richard D. Lawrence Endowed Scholarship and Chase's advocacy programs. He is a founding partner of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy (he was also the center's first practitioner in residence) and serves on the center's board of advisors.
His contributions to Chase include encouraging two daughters (Jennifer L. Lawrence '96 and Lindsay A. Lawrence '09) to follow him to Chase. Both work with their father in The Lawrence Firm's Covington, KY office.
Chase was recently recognized for our innovative curriculum in the national online newsletter Practice Innovations.