Donating to prof’s nonprofit legal clinic

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Donating to prof’s nonprofit legal clinic

Post by Law donor » Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:55 am

1 of my profs runs a nonprofit legal clinic and I want to donate to it. I also wanna use this prof as a recommender or reference when I apply to clerkships, jobs, etc. if I donate to the clinic, how would I disclose this to potential employers? Have any of you dealt with similar situations? Thx

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Re: Donating to prof’s nonprofit legal clinic

Post by icechicken » Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:43 pm

If it's a small amount of money, <$100, I wouldn't worry about it. Prof might not even find out depending on their level of involvement, and even if they did it wouldn't present them with some major ethical challenge. Check to see if your law school's parent university has rules about gifts among teachers and students.

If it's enough money to raise a "bribery" concern, you could

1) donate anonymously or pseudonymously
2) put the money in a savings account, or even an investment vehicle of some kind, and donate it whenever you're done relying on this person as a reference
3) start a fundraiser with your classmates/student org/church and comingle your donation with the raised funds (basically, donate anonymously but do something else to signal your support for the nonprofit that your professor can point to in a positive way)

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