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Faces of Philanthropy: James W. Durham

When The Dickinson School of Law's For the Future campaign chair James W. Durham ’65 asks fellow alumni to support the Law School's recently announced $35 million fund raising effort, he'll be able to share a personal story of giving.

Durham, of Media, Pennsylvania, recently pledged $750,000 to the campaign, a commitment that will bring his lifetime giving to the Law School to more than $1 million and qualify him for membership in the University's prestigious Laurel Circle of the Mount Nittany Society. Durham, whose previous contributions include a gift of $25,000 in 2001, a $150,000 pledge in 2005, which has since been satisfied, and the James W. and Kathleen B. Durham Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust in 2007, has already contributed nearly $280,000 to the Law School.

In recognition of Durham's latest commitment, the University will name the reading room of the University Park H. Laddie Montague Jr. Law Library the James W. Durham Reading Room.

Durham's support of the Law School goes beyond his generous financial commitments. As an active member of the Law School's Board of Counselors, a past-chair of the annual fund campaign, and now as chair of the Law School's most ambitious capital campaign, he has contributed countless hours of volunteer time.

"I love the law and our profession," Durham said."It all starts with our education. As I weighed the choices of where I can make a difference with my volunteer time and financial resources, our law school and the legal profession came out on top."

Durham hopes his story will inspire others to give.