UH Law Center kicks-off 100% Challenge

Law school's success hinges on the financial support from its alumni

UH Law Center Interim Dean Richard Alderman UH Law Center Director of Annual Giving Leah Gross ’87 UH Law Center Assistant Dean of Career Development Allison Regan Richard Whiteley ’99, a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and the chair of the 100% Challenge
UH Law Center Interim Dean Richard Alderman UH Law Center Director of Annual Giving Leah Gross '87 UH Law Center Assistant Dean of Career Development Allison Regan

Richard Whiteley '99, a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and the chair of the 100% Challenge

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May 9, 2013 – The University of Houston Law Center held its luncheon launch of the 100% Challenge yesterday at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP. The challenge brings Law Center alumni at law firms and corporations and other organizations together for the common purpose of maintaining excellence in legal education. The goal is to achieve 100 percent participation in giving by alumni at those organizations that employ four or more alumni. More than 120 organizations with nearly 1500 affiliated lawyers are participating in the effort.

Law Center Interim Dean Richard Alderman said that ever-increasing costs of legal education coupled with shrinking state support has made financial support from the Law Center's alumni vital to its success.

"We can not be the law school that we want to be or that alumni expect us to be in the future without alumni and their support," Alderman said. "We need the discretionary dollars that come from unrestricted funds."

UH Law Center Director of Annual Giving Leah Gross '87 noted that funds raised from the challenge help to recruit outstanding new faculty members, attract the best students by increasing financial support, and boost student services. With increased resources, the Law Center can also provide clinical program support, fund expenses for advocacy competitions, and increase alumni outreach.

Unrestricted giving also enhances career development opportunities for law students. Resources like the Dean's Fellowship Program and Graduate Fellowship Program would not be possible without alumni support, according to Assistant Dean of Career Development Allison Regan.

"Excellence in higher education happens through continued support from Law Center alumni," said Richard Whiteley '99, a partner at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and the chair of the 100% Challenge. "These funds are critical in improving our rankings, enhancing the value of our law degree, and helping to educate law students."

To see those organizations that are part of the 100% Challenge, please visit http://www.law.uh.edu/giving/100-challenge.asp

Gifts from alumni and friends are welcome year-round and make a profound difference in enhancing legal education. To make a gift online, please visit https://giving.uh.edu/law/.

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