Law Fund surpasses 1970 goal
For the first time in its 26-year history, the Stanford Law School Fund this year exceeded $100,000 in regular annual gifts to the School.
While final tabulations will not be made until the close of the Fund’s fiscal year on August 31, gifts recorded at the Fund office totalled $100,370.49 at the close of business on May 7, according to Law Fund President Thomas M. Hamilton ’37. The Fund had a 1970 goal of $99,000.
Thirty alumni classes participated in an experimental program of class-oriented solicitation by class agents this year. Alumni in those classes exceeded all other alumni in annual giving by a margin of two-to-one.
The governing body of the Law Fund, at its meeting at the School on April 21, voted unanimously to incorporate the class agent program into the Law Fund on a permanent basis, and to name class agents in most other alumni classes. In announcing the Law Fund’s record President Hamilton paid special tribute to the hundreds of volunteers who served in the regional personal solicitation program, to the new class agents, and to the approximately 1,200 alumni, friends and faculty members who have contributed to the Fund since the start of its 26th annual effort last September.
“We started out to raise more annual money this year than we had ever raised for Stanford Law School before, and to exceed our 1968 goal by 20%,” Hamilton said. “We have more than accomplished both those goals and the splendid results are an affirmation by Stanford lawyers of the pride we have in our School and of our recognition of the very great debt each of us owes to Stanford for his fine legal education.”
Hamilton also announced the appointment of Robert C. Clifford ’51 of Oakland, Richard D. DeLuce ’55 of Los Angeles and Henry Wheeler III ’50 of Boston as vice presidents of the Law Fund.
Film Society Scholarship
The Law School Film Society, formed last fall, has raised about $3,500 for minority scholarships by taking advantage of the wide campus interest in films old and new.
Motive power for the society comes from Peter Herman ’71, founder and president, who not only got brand new films to show but persuaded some of their producers and directors to conduct informal seminars at the School.
For example, Producer Richard Goldstone’s new film, The Babymaker, filled Bishop Auditorium to overflowing twice in an evening at $1 a head.
At Herman’s urging, Gordon Stulberg, president of Cinema Center Films, came to Stanford with a private showing of his. company’s latest film, Something for Everyone, screened in the home of a society member.
The following day Stulberg held an informal seminar on contemporary film making with student movie buffs.
Director Robert Wise, winner of four Academy Awards, brought a print of his picture, The Sand Pebbles, to Stanford to show and then stayed for the screening and discussion afterward.
Jack Valenti, President of the Motion Picture Association of America, spoke to the audience on the problems of movie regulation and censorship before the showing of Twelve Angry Men.
Older classic films, such as The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca, Wild Strawberries and Rebecca have drawn capacity crowds whose admission fees have helped fill
the scholarship coffers.
Herman will receive his law degree in June and expects to go to work for a Southern California law firm which specializes in entertainment law.
“The reason the Film Society has been so successful is that we show great films in order to raise funds for scholarships,” Herman said. “We intend to continue this program in the coming years, and next year we will have a six-day film festival.”
To get the Society started, Herman circularized all 500 law students for funds pointing out that the Law School should foster film appreciation and raise more funds for minorities.
Thirty law students and professors responded with donations from $5 to $25 each. This totaled more than $400, all of which has since been paid back out of the Society’s profits from fall and
winter movie showings.