A Message from Adam Offenhartz, '89

The 2014-15 U of C Law Firm Challenge is underway!

By participating in the Law Firm Challenge, you will enhance the visibility of your firm at the Law School as well as the visibility of the Law School at your firm.  You will also be supporting the Law School by helping fund a number of valuable initiatives ranging from student scholarships to the legal aid clinics to the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program to many others. You may, of course, select how your contribution is allocated.

How does the U of C Law Firm Challenge work?

Sixty-one law firms with five or more Law School alumni will compete against one another (in different categories based on the number of alumni) to achieve the highest percentage of alumni giving during this fiscal year (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). No matter what size your gift or how you designate your contribution, each of your gifts will qualify for the Challenge and toward your firm’s participation rate.  Indeed, your contribution will also count toward the Law School’s recently announced $175 million Capital Campaign.

Why support the Challenge?

This campaign is an important component of the Law School’s fundraising efforts.  Historically, it has raised over $2 million per fiscal year.  It is also a great way for those of us at firms to make a collective impact, foster camaraderie among our alumni (and colleagues), and, as noted, increase the visibility of one’s firm among current students. The winners of the Challenge will receive special recognition on the Law School’s website, in The Record, during on-campus interviewing and at student events at the Law School. So please support the Challenge with a generous gift.

I want to thank the outgoing Challenge Chair, Chuck Smith ’87, of Skadden, for all of his great work and success.  With your generosity and energy, I am confident we will achieve even greater participation and success than in past years.

Every gift really does count—so please consider participating in the Challenge.  Thank you for your consideration and for your contributions.  May the best firm win!  And may every firm’s participation rate increase (so that the Law School wins)!

Adam Offenhartz ‘89
Chair of the University of Chicago Law Firm Challenge 
Partner, Gibson Dunn

P.S. Make your donation before year-end for a 2014 tax deduction and do your part for 100% participation at your firm. Thank you and have a great holiday season.

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