Law Firm Challenge
Congratulations to Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell for reaching 100% participation in the inaugural 2020-2021 Law Firm Challenge!
The University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law enjoys a privileged and important position as the only law school in one of the nation’s most dynamic legal markets. And, as alumni, you help to ensure the continued excellence of the DU law experience and future strength of our legal community.
Alumni philanthropy is critically important as we work to advance a more inclusive legal community in our region and world. With your support, we can recruit more first-generation law students, more students who have overcome economic adversity, more veterans who have served our nation, and more who will add to the diversity of the legal profession.
The Law Firm Challenge is a friendly competition that encourages collective philanthropic support for the Sturm College of Law. Our goal for the Challenge is simple yet bold: 100% of graduates working in firms with ten or more attorneys in the Denver metro-area make a gift to the Sturm College of Law by June 30, 2026.
Please join us in the ambitious effort by making a gift to the Law Student Opportunity Fund or another fund of your choice.
2020-2021 Participating Firms
We are grateful to the firms that participated in the inaugural Challenge and the alumni ambassadors at each firm who helped to promote it:
|Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber, & Shreck||Adam Agron, Shareholder; Justin Cohen, Shareholder|
|Burns, Figa, & Will||Scott Clark CEO/Shareholder; Ben Figa, Associate|
|Davis, Graham & Stubbs*||Edward Shaoul, Associate|
|Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath||Heather Burgess Campbell, Associate|
|Hogan Lovells||Cory Wroblewski, Associate|
|Holland & Knight||Laura Nickerson, Associate|
|Holland & Hart||John Shepherd, Partner; Paige Coriden, Associate|
|Ireland Stapleton*||Russell Kemp, Partner|
|Otten Johnson||Kim Martin, Shareholder; Jim Johnson, Shareholder|
|Robinson Waters & O’Dorisio, P.C.||Juli Lapin, Of Counsel; Nick Thompson, Shareholder|
|Sherman & Howard||Lyle Wallace, Member; Madeleine Sheahan, Associate|
|Snell & Wilmer||Cody Bourke, Partner|
|Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP*||Mike O’Donnell, Firm Chair; Drew Unthank, Partner|
*Congratulations to these firms with over 50% alumni participation.
Benefits and Recognition
The Challenge is a great way to increase your firm’s visibility among current students. High-achieving firms – those with at least 50% alumni participation – receive special recognition on the Sturm College of Law website and during the annual Law Stars event. Challenge winners (100% participation or the highest participation within their respective group) also receive the opportunity to attend a Law Firm Challenge sponsored coffee with students on campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
If I already made a gift to the Sturm College of Law during the current fiscal year, will it count toward the Law Firm Challenge?
Yes. Any gift of any amount made to the Law School between July 1 and June 30 will be counted toward that year's Law Firm Challenge. The gift may be made to the Annual Fund or any other Law School gift designation.
Does the size of the gift impact the Law Firm Challenge results?
No. The goal of the Law Firm Challenge is participation. No dollar amounts will be listed or shared, only participation percentages. However, we hope that you consider the Sturm College of Law among your top philanthropic priorities.
If I made a gift to another school at DU, but not to the Sturm College of Law, will it count toward the Law Firm Challenge?
No. Gifts must be designated toward a fund in at the Sturm College of Law to count for the Law Firm Challenge.
When does the challenge start?
The Law Firm Challenge will take place in February 1 – March 31, 2022. However, gifts made at any time during the 2021-2022 fiscal year will count toward your firm’s total.
How can my firm get involved?
Reach out. If you have Sturm College of Law alumni at your firm, we want you to participate the Challenge. Contact Director of Development Matt Campion.