Amy Gardner, Dean of Students at the University of Chicago Law School, was challenged to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the Dean of Students at Harvard Law School, Ellen Cosgrove, ‘91, who is an alumna and former Dean of Students of the Law School. Dean Gardner accepted her challenge and because she believes it’s a very important cause, decided to enlist some of her colleagues as well. Several faculty, the deans of admissions and of graduate programs, and several other administrators joined in accepting this challenge. And although classes don’t start until September 29, many students stepped up to join Dean Gardner in raising awareness and supporting this great cause.
Having heard of Dean Gardner’s acceptance of this challenge, the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP pledged to make a contribution to ALS research of $25 per student who joins the Law School's challenge. Another donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, offered to match Skadden’s pledge. So for each student that is participating in the challenge with Dean Gardner, $50 will be donated to ALS research. Student participation raised over $2,000 alone in addition to donations made by adminstration and faculty.
To continue to raise awareness and donations for ALS research, Dean Gardner challenged the most recently minted alumni of the class of 2014.