Eleven alumni of UCLA School of Law, all partners in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, have joined together to endow a scholarship at their alma mater.
The Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Endowed Scholarship was made possible through considerable recent giving by Karen Bertero ’81, J. Keith Biancamano ’91, Peter Hanlon ’77, Michelle Hodges ’96, Timothy Loose ’05, Patricia Tan Openshaw ’92, Heather Richardson ’06, Robert Serio ’85, Steven Sletten ’82, Eric Vandevelde ’05 (with Karen Tamis ’05) and Peter Wardle ’97.
Their donations brought an existing scholarship fund, established in 2007 by Serio, Ruth Fisher ’80 and Wayne Smith ’72, above the $250,000 level required for an endowed scholarship, which will provide support for UCLA Law students in perpetuity.
The gifts were part of the 2019 Law Firm Challenge, the law school’s fundraising competition that raises well over $1 million from more than 1,000 alumni at approximately 100 firms each year. The 17th annual challenge ends on June 30, 2019.
The gifts are part of the $4.2 billion UCLA Centennial Campaign, which is scheduled to conclude in December 2019, during UCLA's 100th anniversary year.