The UCLA Law Firm Challenge is a dedicated group of more than 140 UCLA Law alumni at more than 100 law firms around the world who work together to build alumni support for the school and its students. The effort is especially critical as UCLA Law competes with better-endowed peer schools for the best and brightest students, while at the same time leading the top 20 schools in providing access to a legal education.
The Law Firm Challenge was founded in 2002 by partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; O'Melveny & Myers; Latham & Watkins and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, and has steadily grown ever since. Here is a link to the current firms and lawyers involved in the Law Firm Challenge.
The challenge encourages our alumni to build the school's community and reputation in the law firm world and beyond. Our law firm representatives promote the school and its students within their firms and encourage alumni to support the school — not just with money, but with their time, energy and talent. It is more important than ever that our alumni spend time on campus, recruiting and mentoring students, helping them navigate their careers in a rapidly changing world and setting a good example on how to give back.
Our signature initiative is the Annual Law Firm Challenge, in which our firms engage in a friendly competition to drive financial support for the school. In our first Annual Law Firm Challenge, 31 percent of alumni at the four founding firms made a contribution. In our 16th challenge, in 2018, our 103 firms achieved an aggregate 78 percent participation rate (with 50 firms achieving 100 percent participation), contributing approximately $1.7 million to the school. Here is a link to our 2018 results. Here are our results back to 2002-03.
In recent years, the challenge has specially recognized those firms whose partners are most active in giving at a leadership level of $1,000 or more. In 2018, 22 firms earned gold stars for having at least half of their partners contribute at the leadership level. We hope that many more alumni will consider increasing their investment in our great law school this year and growing the ranks of gold star firms.
Our 17th Annual Challenge is off to the races, heading to our June 30, 2019, finish. We thank all of our participating representatives and firms for joining us in this effort.
If you and your firm are not already participating in the challenge, we encourage you to join us. Please contact Brooke Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you for your great support of UCLA Law and the UCLA Law Firm Challenge.
James D.C. Barrall '75
UCLA Law Firm Challenge Founding Chair