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 ensuring that it continues to be a leader in American legal education.
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 UW Law School. Beckwith and Curry corralled 98 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 to establish the Benchers' Society, is said to have kept the money from the fund in his desk drawer for immediate use when emergencies arose. (That practice ended with Dean Young.)
Membership and Benefits
Today, annual giving of $2,500 or more to any Law School fund or combination of funds in a calendar year qualifies the donor as a member of the Benchers' Society. There are two special recognition levels within the Benchers' Society:
- $5,000 - Gargoyle Club
- $7,500 - Dean's Circle
Members receive invitations to special events, and regular Law School updates from the dean, along with the satisfaction of making a tangible investment in the future of the UW Law School and its students.
Make a Gift
You can make a monetary gift to the Benchers' Society online through the UW Foundation.
Connect with fellow Benchers' and Legacy Society members and see how your gifts impact the UW Law School. Learn more on the 2023 Dean's Summit webpage.