Law Firm Participation Challenge-2014


The Washington University Law 2014 Law Firm Participation Challenge


Due to the 55 tireless volunteers at 46 firms and their 502 alumni colleagues the 2014 Law Firm Participation Challenge once again sets itself apart with 11 firms achieving 100 percent participation and 32 of 46 law firms beating or exceeding their prior year results.  Five new firms, Barnes & Thornburg, McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer, McGuire Woods, Sher Corwin Winters and WilmerHale joined our 2014 program resulting in 717 alumni eligible to participate. Out of 46 firms 41 firms beat the Washington University Law national alumni average participation rate of 31 percent. Of those alumni, a record 70 percent contributed to the Law Annual Fund during the Challenge, resulting in $228,000 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 2014 Law Firm Participation Challenge: Steve Jones JD82, Bob Newmark JD94, Darci Madden JD99, Dudley Von Volt JD85, Ed Cohen JD 82, Jay Dobbs JD91, Ruben Chuquimia JD95, Gary Feder JD74 LLM80, Joe Glynias JD03, Dawn Johnson JD93, Al Rose JD70, Tim Yeaglin JD03, Cardelle Spangler JD90, Bill O’Neil JD03, Terry Dee JD92, Steve Horace JD85, Monica Thompson JD81, Jessica Wilson JD08, Nicole Zellweger JD08, Alan Borenstein JD81, Ken Bean JD77, Mary Ann Mellow JD82, John Meyer JD84, Joe Cordell LLM08, Deborah Dearing JD83, Ted Dearing JD82, Philip Polster JD67, Gene Zafft JD52, Julie Jennings JD00, John Klobasa JD75, Brad Winters JD81, Ian Cooper JD84, Margaret Hesse JD94, Bryan Wheelock JD82, Matthew Kopp JD08, Claire Ragen-Gibson JD00, Sandy Pomerantz JD65, William Osberghaus JD12, Andy Andreasik JD91, Gerry Greiman JD75, Bryan Pennington JD09, Ed Getz JD85, Lenny Frankel JD65, Chip Bensinger III JD96, Mario Gianino JD09, Jim Hetlage JD89, Dan Lange JD01, Amber McGraw Walsh JD02, Dean Rauchwerger JD84, Mark Prager JD76, David Fehrman JD77, Jim Christman JD73, Leland Curtis JD68, Nick Burkemper JD06.


2014 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)
Clausen Miller
Cordell & Cordell (100% Participation)
Curtis Heinz Garrett & O'Keefe
Dearing & Harzog (100% Participation)
Drinker Biddle & Reath
Edwards Wildman Palmer
Foley & Lardner
Frankel Rubin Bond Dubin Siegel & Klein
Goffstein Raskas Pomerantz Kraus & Sherman
Goodwin Procter
Harness Dickey & Pierce
Jenner & Block
Jones Day 
K&L Gates
Katten Muchin Rosenman
Lashly & Baer
Mayer Brown
McCarthy Leonard & Kaemmerer*
McGuire Woods*
Morrison & Foerster
Polder Lieder Woodruff & Lucchesi (100% Participation
Ropes & Gray
Rosenblum Goldenhersh Silverstein & Zafft (100% Participation)
Senniger Powers (100% Participation)
Shands Elbert Gianoulakis & Giljum (100% Participation)
Sher Corwin Winters (100% Participation)*
Spencer Fane Britt & Brown
Summers Compton Wells
Tueth Keeny Cooper Mohan & Jackstadt (100% Participation)

*New in 2014 
To join the 2015 Law Firm Participation Challenge, please contact Elizabeth Kaul at (314) 935-7381 or e-mail for more information.