We have officially kicked off the 12th annual UCLA Law Firm Challenge, after completing our 11th consecutive record-setting year! We thank all of our participating alumni and firms for being part of it. Because of their support, our Challenge is one of the stand-out alumni outreach and fundraising initiatives at UCLA Law and has gained nationwide recognition as a model for other law schools.
As proud as we are of our record-breaking Challenge, we must not lose sight of its larger mission, and that is to encourage our alumni to stay engaged with the School after graduation and support it not just with money, but also with their time, energy and goodwill. In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that our alumni spend time on campus in any number of ways, mentoring students and helping them prepare for their lives as lawyers, at law firms and otherwise. The 142 law firm representatives at our Challenge firms and other alumni outside of the Challenge are doing this, and we encourage you to join us. There is much to be done to continue to build the excellence of our School in these times of constant change and challenge, but those of us who know what is happening on campus know that we are well positioned to compete and succeed. So please lend us your support, across the board.
But the Challenge is not all about work and showing your financial support! Over the years, we have built a cadre of caring alumni, all of whom enjoyed and value their UCLA Law education and who want to get involved and give back. The alumni who are active in the Law Firm Challenge have fun and are proud to be part of the successes of the Challenge and the growing excellence of the school. We hold events throughout the year for our firm representatives and friends at the school, which allows us to build on the collegiality and camaraderie that is a hallmark of UCLA Law’s alumni culture. And our work together gives our law firms an opportunity for greater involvement in UCLA Law and greater exposure in the Los Angeles legal community.
If you and your firm are not already in the Challenge, we encourage you to join us. You will find great satisfaction and personal opportunities in it, and you will join a special group of fun, motivated law school alumni. Please contact La Shawn Hardemion at (310) 206-2344 or firstname.lastname@example.org to enroll your firm in the UCLA Law Firm Challenge.
Thank you, as always, for your support. See you at the finish line!