Published: May 23, 2013

The Colorado Law Heritage Society is a group of alumni and friends who have made gifts to the school through their estate plans. On Thursday, June 20, Dean Phil Weiser is hosting a luncheon in Boulder for these individuals. If the law school is in your estate plans and you have not yet received your invitation, contact us so we can add you to the list.

John Hay (’64), a Law Alumni Board member from Phoenix, Arizona, included Colorado Law as a beneficiary of his trust because of the importance of helping the next generation succeed. “I was able to go to Colorado Law because of a scholarship and I want future students to have the same opportunity,” Hay said. “I have been giving since I graduated from law school, but I wanted to be able to do more.”

John Schultz (’53), a Colorado Law Heritage Society member, began donating to the school’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) to help students in public sector jobs pay back their student loans. Schultz has since included a provision in his estate plans to continue supporting LRAP. “I wanted to make the fund large enough so it would have a significant impact as soon as possible,” Schultz said. 

When creating their estate plans, donors can choose to direct funds to the law school generally or to programs within the school, including the various academic centers, programs, and scholarships. 

“A planned gift is a great option for donors who want to defer some of their giving, but still make a strong impact at Colorado Law,” said Mary Beth Searles (’96), the law school’s senior director of development. “It is always a pleasure working with donors to discover where their individual passion lies. Whether it is scholarship in honor of a friend or mentor, an individually named professorship, or a gift to a specific academic program, we can help donors create the exact gift that is most meaningful to them. ”

For more information about becoming a Colorado Law Heritage Society member or if you have already included Colorado Law in your estate plans, contact Mary Beth Searles at or 303-492-1215.