CSL Students' Living Expenses

$10,225 of $250k goal

Raised by 106 people in 1 month
Scott W. Sigman
on behalf of Kara Gilliard
 CHARLOTTE, NC
My name is Scott Sigman.  My students call me Professor Sigman, although I imagine the names they have for me are more colorful when I'm not around.  Nonetheless, I am privileged to provide instruction to some wonderful students at the Charlotte School of Law (CSL).  Lately, the outside world has become acquainted with CSL students (both past and present) in a generalized, faceless way.  That is not how I and my colleagues know them.  We know their potential, their aspiration, their challenges, and their successes.  And when you know them as we do, you care about them deeply.

Recently, however, current CSL students have been placed in a terrible bind.  They are attempting to complete law school without financial aid funds that they need for living expenses like rent, food, gas, utilities, and medical expenses.  Some really deserving and hard-working students have only a semester or two to go before they graduate.  But, they can't finish without being able to pay for the bare necessities.  Let me be clear: any money raised here will be used to assist registered CSL students with those basic necessities, not tuition.

I want to help them.  I can't imagine how I would have succeeded in law school in the circumstances that CSL students face.  Plenty of arguments exist out there about the genesis of the circumstances and the loss of financial aid for these students, but this is not the space for that conversation.  This is the place to recognize that there are hard-working, deserving students who should be able to finish what they started.  They simply need some assistance right now to do so. 

Here is how this will work:

1.  Raise money exclusively for registered CSL students' living expenses to include rent, utilities, food, gas, and medical expenses through your generous donations.
2.  Divide the total amount of money raised by the number of registered CSL students on February 3, 2017.
3.  Give each student an equal distribution of the funds once they sign an agreement that those funds will be used only for expenses mentioned in No. 1 above.
4.  To the extent that some students do not need the assistance contemplated here and, thus, affirmatively opt out, their funds will be redistributed in equal share to those students who do need it.

I hope you will join me in helping them.  I can't tell you how much I would appreciate any amount you're willing to contribute.

Warmly,

Professor Sigman (or some other colorful term of your choice)
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Update 2
Posted by Scott Sigman
19 days ago
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I want to thank each and every person who donated. I have begun the process of distributing the funds. I cannot tell you how much it means to me that so many friends, former classmates, alumni, community members, family members, and others made the decision to assist the remaining students at CSL. As many of you know, one of the obligations that attorneys should fulfill is the use of their special set of skills and knowledge for the benefit of those less fortunate. I firmly believe that each donation sent a message about how important it is for all of us to give back when those around us are experiencing difficult circumstances. More particularly to CSL law students, I believe that your gifts to support them will encourage them to provide pro bono services to the many people in need of legal services in all communities. In other words, I believe they will "pay it forward" because of your generosity. From the bottom of my heart, thank you a million times and then some.
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Update 1
Posted by Scott Sigman
1 month ago
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Please see the video below from one of the our students. She is terrific and she explains the circumstances that your donations will help ease.
A great CSL Student re: students' needs
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Catherine Bossi
16 days ago

Thank God I was not accepted to CLS. I feel for these people.

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Amy Fearncombe Meyers
1 month ago

Thank you for being so awesome. Thanks to everyone who is helping. My heart breaks for all of us who believed in what could have been and for what has happened and is happening to faculty, staff, alums, and students.

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$10,225 of $250k goal

Raised by 106 people in 1 month
Created January 27, 2017
Scott W. Sigman  
on behalf of Kara Gilliard
$50
Anonymous
1 month ago
$25
Anonymous
1 month ago
CL
$50
Cory Lenz
1 month ago
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago
TJ
$200
Tina Jones
1 month ago

Happy birthday, dear friend and warm regards to your students during this stressful time.

$200
Anonymous
1 month ago
SM
$100
Suparna Malempati
1 month ago
JF
$1,000
James Scott Farrin
1 month ago
RB
$100
Rita Massie Biser
1 month ago

Best of luck! I hope your students appreciate the depth of you caring and recognize the depth of your character.

JS
$40
Jan Smith
1 month ago
Catherine Bossi
16 days ago

Thank God I was not accepted to CLS. I feel for these people.

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Amy Fearncombe Meyers
1 month ago

Thank you for being so awesome. Thanks to everyone who is helping. My heart breaks for all of us who believed in what could have been and for what has happened and is happening to faculty, staff, alums, and students.

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