The Challenge
The South Texas Law Firm Challenge was created in 2007 to bring South Texas graduates at firms together for a common purpose: maintaining excellence in legal education at the law school. The goal of the Law Firm Challenge is to achieve 100 percent participation in giving to the law school by South Texas alumni at law firms, law offices, in-house legal departments, corporations, and government offices with three or more South Texas alumni.

Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering was the first firm to meet the challenge. Managing partner and South Texas Board chair Mike Hays ’74, who initiated the program, encouraged each South Texas graduate at the firm to make a gift to the law school in any amount during the 2007–2008 academic year, so his firm could be the first to achieve 100 percent participation in giving to the College.

The firm that launched the Challenge: (seated) Troy Williams '93, Jane Lea Haas '01,
Shannon Ramirez '95, Robin Blanchette '04, David V. Wilson II '93; (standing) Lisa Causey '02,
Mike Hays '74, Craig Wolcott '83 and Ruth Pillar '95.

Alumni giving is viewed as a measure of graduates’ satisfaction with their alma maters. The Law Firm Challenge offers an excellent way for alumni at firms to provide unrestricted support to the law school.

Will Your Firm Meet the Challenge in Fiscal Year 2015 (September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015)?
Over the past six years, South Texas College of Law has doubled its alumni-giving rate from 4 percent to 8 percent, thanks in large part to the success of the College’s Law Firm Challenge program. Since its inception, in 2007, forty-seven organizations have met the Challenge by achieving 100 percent participation in alumni giving to the College. Is your firm ready to take on the Challenge in 2015?

The rewards for meeting the Challenge are many. They include a group photo of your organization’s alumni, which will appear in In Re, our alumni magazine; the display of your organization’s name in a special section the Annual Report to Donors; and a special lunch and photo shoot with Dean Donald J. Guter for first time 100% participants and those who have met the challenge for five or more consecutive years. All 100% participants will be invited to a reception hosted by Dean Guter in August 2015.

The Challenge has been issued—if you have any questions, please contact Susan Diederich at (713) 646-1800 or

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