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Giving Societies

William B. Lockhart Club

The Lockhart Club is the University of Minnesota Law School’s leadership annual giving society. When you contribute $2,000 or more each fiscal year (July 1–June 30), you become a member of this growing group of alumni and friends.

$25,000+ Binger Circle - Named for legendary lawyer-leader and philanthropist James H. Binger ’41, the Binger Circle consists of the Law School’s most generous supporters. Members of the Binger Circle ensure our alumni, faculty, and students can solve today’s grand challenges.
$10,000 - $24,999 Fraser Society - As Dean, Everett Fraser helped bring the Law School to national prominence. Today, members of the Fraser Society help secure the Law School’s place at the forefront of legal education.
$5,000 - $9,999 Dean’s Circle - Since its founding in 1888, the Law School has been led by eleven distinguished Deans. Members of the Dean’s Circle build on their example and help ensure the Law School graduates the next generation of lawyer-leaders.
$2,000 - $4,999 Murphy Society - Judge Diana Murphy ’74 was a champion of justice and opportunity for all, and promoted education as a means to improve everyone's lives. Members of the Murphy Society honor her legacy through their generous support of the Law School.

As a member of the Lockhart Club, you can look forward to:

  • Invitation to the annual Lockhart Club dinner
  • Recognition in the Law School’s annual report, magazine, and online donor listings
  • Your name appearing on the Law School’s donor recognition wall displayed in the Dorsey & Whitney Foyer
  • A unique Lockhart Club lapel pin
  • Special recognition at Law School events
  • A special Lockhart Club insider newsletter
  • Invitations to exclusive events 

To join today, simply make a gift of $2,000 or more, or set up a monthly recurring gift of $167 online.

If you have questions or would like more information about joining the Lockhart Club, please contact

Lockhart GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade)

Lockhart GOLD was created to engage a new generation of leadership donors. Alumni who contribute at special giving levels within the decade of their graduation become members and enjoy all benefits of the Lockhart Club. Rates at which recent graduates are invited to join Lockhart GOLD are determined by years since graduation (see details below). 

Years From Graduation Graduation Year Fiscal Year (July 1-June 30) GOLD Giving Level
1 year out 2021 $10 per month (or $120 annually)
2-4 years out 2020, 2019, 2018 $25 per month (or $300 annually)
5th reunion year-7 years out 2017, 2016, 2015 $50 per month (or $600 annually)
8 years out-10th reunion year 2014, 2013, 2012 $100 per month (or $1,200 annually)
beyond 10th reunion year 2011 and prior $167 per month or approximately $2,000 annually (full Lockhart Club)

Lockhart Club Donor Listing

Lockhart Club Donor Listing 2021-2022

Lockhart Club Donor Listing 2020-2021

Lockhart Club Donor Listing 2019-2020

Upcoming Lockhart Club Events

The William B. Lockhart Club Dinner will be held on October 12, 2021 at McNamara Alumni Center. This annual event is an invitation-only dinner for members of the Lockhart Club. For more information or to learn about how to become a member, please contact Katie Jacob, Assistant Director of Annual Giving, at (612) 624-0097 or

Legacy Giving Societies: The 1888 Society

The 1888 Society celebrates the founding of the University of Minnesota Law School in 1888 and the future of the Law School made possible by the generous individuals who have created a lasting legacy by including the Law School in their estate or financial plans. The Law School will recognize your planned gift through enrollment in our 1888 Society, the University of Minnesota’s Heritage Society, and recognition at the Law School and in various published materials.

Lifetime Giving

Lifetime leadership donors with cumulative outright, pledged, and deferred giving greater than $25,000 to the Law School are recognized with deepest appreciation and permanently honored on a beautiful plaque in the Dorsey Foyer.