The gift brings the college one step closer to their fundraising goal.
The Arizona personal injury law firm Goldberg & Osborne LLP has made a $50,000 donation to the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in support of the college’s “A New Day in Court” initiative to transform its Advocacy program.
The firm’s gift will go towards remodeling the University of Arizona Law’s existing courtrooms to create two modern, flexible, dual-purpose practice courtrooms and classrooms, one of which will house the Goldberg & Osborne Witness Stand.
The $6 million “A New Day in Court” initiative is raising funds for capital projects, faculty expansion and student experiential learning. The initiative also includes renaming the program to the Thomas Mauet Advocacy Program, in honor of Professor Emeritus and renowned trail expert Thomas Mauet, who stepped down as advocacy program director in 2016.
“To have the support of a firm like Goldberg & Osborne speaks to the importance of creating top-of-the-line advocacy spaces for students here at University of Arizona Law,” said Barbara Bergman, director of the advocacy program. “Our students have long benefitted from Goldberg & Osborne’s contributions to the Arizona legal community and this generous gift ensures students will continue to benefit for years to come.”
Goldberg & Osborne specializes in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and the firm’s attorneys have recovered more than $3 billion on behalf of clients since their founding in 1989.
Page Chancellor Marks (’92) a Managing Partner at Goldberg & Osborne remembers her time at Arizona Law fondly. “As I celebrate my 30th homecoming from Arizona Law, I realize how much the college impacted me and my career. I am so thankful for the professors’ expertise and dedication to ensuring the future of our legal community both here in Arizona and beyond.”
In addition to the $4 million needed for building reconstruction, the "A New Day in Court" initiative is raising $2 million for an endowed chair of advocacy, an endowed professorship, and an endowment fund to support student experiential advocacy activities, such as travel to trial competitions.
The advocacy program prepares students for careers in the courtroom, with a strong emphasis on experiential classes that allow students to act as litigators and try cases against each other. The program also teaches core advocacy skills such as client interviews and fact gathering that are essential for any lawyer, both in and out of the courtroom.