Law Firm Participation Challenge-2015


The Washington University Law 2015 Law Firm Participation Challenge


Due to the 50 tireless volunteers at 39 firms and their 643 alumni colleagues the 2015 Law Firm Participation Challenge once again sets itself apart with 9 firms achieving 100 percent participation and 22 of 39 law firms beating or exceeding their prior year results.  Out of 39 firms, 34 firms beat the Washington University Law national alumni average participation rate of 31 percent. Of those alumni, a record 71% percent contributed to the Law Annual Fund during the Challenge, resulting in $203,690.55 in annual fund support.

Bringing law school alumni together and encouraging their participation in the annual fund of the law school to Washington University is a key goal of the Law Firm Participation Challenge. A strong rate of alumni participation enhances the reputation of the law school because it is an indicator of the value alumni place on their degree and on the institution.  

By participating in the Law Firm Participation Challenge alumni are increasing the amount of available funding student financial aid and scholarships which enables some of the best and brightest students in the country and around the world attend this law school, enhancing nearly 150 years of Law School tradition at Washington University. In addition to student scholarship support, the Law Annual Fund also supports faculty retention and recruitment, educational resources for students such as the clinical programs, the law library and the Public Interest Summer Stipend Program. 


The Law Firm Participation Challenge would not have been possible without incredible volunteers and their alumni colleagues. Special thanks to the following volunteers for leading their firms in the 2015 Law Firm Participation Challenge: Steve Jones JD82, Marty Herefor JD96, Dawn Johnson JD93, Gary Feder JD74 LLM80, Joe Glynias JD03, Dudley Von Holt JD85, Ed Cohen JD95, Bob Newmark JD94, Darci Madden JD99, S. Jay Dobbs JD91, Ruben Chuquimia JD95, Al Rose JD70, Tim Yeaglin JD03, Ken Bean JD77, Mary Ann Mellow JD82, Cardelle Spangler JD90, Bill O’Neil JD03, Steve Horace JD85, Michael Paley JD95, Monica Thompson JD81, Jessica Wilson JD08, Alan Bornstein JD81, Nicole Zellweger JD08, Joe Cordell LLM08, Deborah Dearing JD83, Ted Dearing JD82, Brad Winters JD81, John Klobasa JD75, Julie Jennings JD00, John Meyer JD84, Ian Cooper JD84, Margaret Hesse JD94, Chip Bensinger III JD96, William Osberghaus JD12, Bryan Pennington JD09, David Fehrman JD77, Philip Polster JD67, Andy Andreasik JD91, Sandy Pomerantz JD65, Gerry Greiman JD75, Stephen Hoeplinger JD09, Amber McGraw Walsh JD02, Lenny Frankel JD65, Claire Ragen-Gibson JD00, Ed Getz JD85, Jim Hetlage JD89, Dan Lange JD01, Mario Gianino JD09, Bryan Wheelock JD82, Matthew Kopp JD08.



2015 Law Firm Challenge Participating Firms


Group I - 40+ Alumni

Armstrong Teasdale (100% Participation)
Bryan Cave
Greensfelder Hemker et al
Husch Blackwell
Thompson Coburn

Group II - 16-39 Alumni

DLA Piper
Kirkland & Ellis
Lathrop & Gage
Lewis Rice & Fingersh (100% Participation)
Sandberg Phoenix von Gontard
Stinson Leonard Street
Winston & Strawn

Group III - 3-15 Alumni

Barnes & Thornburg
Capes Sokol (100% Participation)
Cordell & Cordell (100% Participation)
Dearing & Harzog (100% Participation)
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Frabkel Rubin Bond Dubin Siegel & Klein
Goffstein Raskas Pomerantz Kraus & Sherman
Goodwin Procter
Harness Dickey & Pierce
Jenner & Block
Jones Day 
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Lashly & Baer
Mayer Brown
McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer
McGuire Woods
Morrison & Foerster
Polster Lieder Woodruff & Lucchesi (100% Participation)
Ropes & Gray
Rosenblum Goldenhersh Silverstein & Zafft 
Senniger Powers (100% Participation)
Shands Elbert Gianoulakis & Giljum (100% Participation)
Sher Corwin Winters (100% Participation)
Spencer Fane Britt & Brown
Tueth Keeny Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt 

To join the 2016 Law Firm Participation Challenge, please contact Elizabeth Kaul at (314) 935-7381 or e-mail for more information.