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Membership of the Thornely Society

The success of the Thornely Society to date is in large part due to its Foundation Members who enabled the Society to reach its first significant fundraising goal - The John Thornely Fellowship in Law, held by Dr Jillaine Seymour. Foundation Members are commemorated in a plaque located in the College Law Library.
Sidney remains very grateful for the generosity of all Law alumni and their ongoing support.
But all levels of support for the College and the study of Law at Sidney are appreciated.  All those who donate more than £500 to the Thornely Fund are considered a Full Member of the Thornely Society.  Full Members and Foundation Members of the Thornely Society are entitled to vote at the AGM.
All donations to the Thornely Fund enable Sidney to offer an extraordinary range of financial support to its Law students – from bursaries and prizes through to travel awards and support for further professional work.
The College is hopeful that the Thornely Society will continue to develop not only as a generous financial support for Law at Sidney but, as Professor Dashwood outlined at the 2011 Thornely Dinner, also as a collegial association which can provide its members with networking and mentoring opportunities.
Suggestions for speakers, venues and ideas about possible society events are all welcome, please contact
To this end, we hope that all Sidney Lawyers (those College members who graduate in Law from Sidney Sussex College or subsequently qualify as Lawyers) will become involved with the Thornely Society, attend the Annual Lecture, the AGM and Dinner.
For further information on supporting law at Sidney, click here.