The Benchers' Society


The Benchers' Society

The Benchers' Society is a group of the UW Law School's most committed alumni and friends. This special group consists of individuals who have made a significant commitment to the Law School and are united by the common purpose of assuring that it continues to be a leader in American legal education.

History of the Benchers' Society

In 1963, a dedicated group of alumni led by David Beckwith '52 and Robert Curry '53 agreed to make annual contributions to support a discretionary fund for the Dean of the Law School. Beckwith and Curry corralled ninety-eight of their closest friends to join them in pledging $100 a year to the Benchers' Society Fund. Dean George Young, who worked with Beckwith and Curry in establishing the Benchers' Society, is reputed to have kept the money from the Benchers' Fund in the desk of his drawer for immediate use when emergencies arose. The practice of literally pulling money out of a drawer ended with Dean Young.

In 2012, it was decided to make the Benchers' Society more inclusive. For many years, this special group had consisted of individuals who made a significant commitment to the Benchers' Society Fund, which provided discretionary support to the Dean. Today, annual giving totaling the required amount to any Law School fund qualifies the donor as a Bencher. 

Membership and Benefits of being a member of the Benchers' Society

Membership to the Benchers' Society is based on annual giving to the Law School. Annual giving of $1,000 or more to any Law School fund or combination of funds in a calendar year will qualify the donor as a member of the Benchers' Society.

Members of the Benchers' Society receive invitations to special events, quarterly email updates from the Dean about the Law School, and the satisfaction of making a tangible investment in the future of the UW Law School and its students.

There are two special recognition levels within the Benchers' Society.

  • $2,500 - Gargoyle Club
  • $5,000 - Dean's Circle

Members of the Gargoyle Club and the Dean's Circle will have an enhanced level of access and engagement with the Law School and its leadership and receive more frequent communications and information.

Make a Gift to the Benchers' Society

Make a Gift to the Benchers Society

You can make a monetary gift to the Benchers' Society online through the UW Foundation.

For more information on the Benchers' Society

Contact Eric Salisbury, Managing Senior Director of Development
(608) 263-6669 or

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