The Law Firm Challenge was established in 2003 to encourage alumni involvement with the law school and increase alumni giving. Over the course of its ten year history, the Challenge has seen significant growth and success thanks to the dedication of our volunteers.
In 2004, seventeen participating firms kicked off the program at their firms. In the first year alone $34,584 was raised and 40 percent of alumni at participating firms made a donation. In 2006, the law school began working with Challenge volunteers to coordinate a breakfast or lunch with the dean of the law school at their firm or organization. These gatherings provided, and continue to provide, alumni with a unique opportunity to hear updates on the law school from the dean directly and also to ask their questions.
As more firms and organizations became aware of the Challenge’s impact, including the admiration, respect and esteem garnered by their organizations and the added virtue of supporting their law school, the numbers and success of the program have increased. Today, 36 firms and organizations with more than 400 alumni participate in the Challenge. Alumni continue to demonstrate their incredible dedication to the growth and success of the law school, by making support of the law school an organizational priority. Additionally, thanks in part to outreach by Challenge volunteers, the law school has witnessed an increase in alumni volunteers and event attendance.