Skye Donald was a beloved UCLA School of Law faculty member who improved the work and the lives of those around her, including the students she mentored and her fellow faculty members. She was an extraordinarily talented lawyer and teacher who brought out the best in people. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, Skye continued teaching and mentoring for several years. She succumbed to cancer in October 2016, at age 43.
In Skye’s memory, and at the impetus of many of those in our community who loved her, we are creating the Skye Donald Memorial Fund. The fund will support the Skye Donald Spirit of Community Award, which will be given to UCLA Law students who - like Skye - truly make our community a better and more special place. Our hope is to build an endowed fund, to exist in perpetuity, that will support prizes to students who truly capture the spirit of Skye Donald.
Each year, the Skye Donald Spirit of Community Award will go to one or more students who demonstrate integrity, generosity and a focus on the well-being of the law school community. The number of awards will depend on the amount we are able to raise for this fund. The first award will be for a first-year student, because Skye was a remarkable instructor in our first-year Lawyering Skills course. With additional resources, we hope to create awards for upper-class and LLM students, as well. Awardees will receive both the honor and funds to support their legal education.
Nominations for the award can be made by any member of the UCLA Law community, including current students. A committee selected by the dean will determine the winners.
The Skye Donald Memorial Fund and the Skye Donald Spirit of Community Award will, in small measure, honor Skye’s memory and the many contributions she made to UCLA Law. We also hope that it will further her values of service and compassion and enhance the UCLA Law experience for award recipients and our whole community.
If Skye Donald touched your life for the better, please consider giving to this fund.
Make a gift in support of the Skye Donald Memorial Fund
To nominate a student or learn more about the award, contact Bayrex Martí.