UCLA LAW FIRM CHALLENGE 2011-2012
The Law Firm Challenge reconnects UCLA School of Law’s alumni, each year encouraging participants to make regular, annual contributions to the school, particularly the UCLA Law Fund. The school owes a great deal to the representatives of the participating Challenge firms and the alumni at those firms for their leading role in expanding the connections between their firms and the school and reinvigorating the Law Annual Fund. Please note that ALL gifts made to the law school, not merely those to the UCLA Law Fund, are applied to firm participation rates.
A note from Jim Barrall
'75, Founding Chair of the UCLA Law Firm Challenge:
Law Firm Challenge: More than a Decade of Excellence
officially kicked off the 111h annual UCLA Law School Law Firm
Challenge, after completing our 10th consecutive record-setting
year! Launching our second decade is a major milestone for the Challenge, and
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. To remind you, last year we again set records for the number
of firms participating in the Challenge (98), the number of firms attaining 100%
participation (52) and the aggregate participation rate for all firms (80%).
as we are of our numbers, we must not lose sight of the Challenge’s 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 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 130 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
You can see
the live results of the “horserace” here https://apps.law.ucla.edu/lawfirm/
– though only
firms whose reps have submitted their current rosters have horses that have
“left the starting gate.”
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 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 Michelle deBaroncelli at (310) 206-1170 or email@example.com
to enroll your firm in the UCLA Law Firm Challenge.
Thank you, as
always, for your support. See you at the finish line!
James D. C. Barrall '75
UCLA Law Firm Challenge Founding Chair