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Welcome to WCL’s Inaugural Law Firm Challenge!

October 1 – November 19, 2020

Join The Challenge! AUWCL’s Law Firm Challenge invites law firms to join the race and compete against other firms for the honor of being one of the firms with the highest percentage of alumni to make a gift to AUWCL. The winning firms will receive special recognition. The Challenge aims to strengthen our alumni’s connection to AUWCL through events, volunteerism, and fundraising.

Our inaugural challenge will be a friendly competition that takes place from October 1, 2020 – November 19, 2020. The Challenge allows alumni to compete and showcase their personal and firm-participation in two principal categories:

  • Firm Participation Rate and
  • Total-Dollars Raised

The firm(s) within each group to achieve the highest participation rate and/or dollars raised will be declared the winners. For purposes of the Challenge, a gift of any size and to any designation made to AUWCL between October 1, 2020 and November 19, 2020 will count towards your firm’s participation.

Added Bonus: BOTH of these factors positively impact AUWCL’s National Ranking, so your participation has a compounded positive effect!

Showcase Yourself & Your Firm! Each firm will be prominently posted on our website along with their WCL alumni participation rates. Firms that achieve 100% alumni-participation will be featured in a special section of The Advocate magazine, along with photos of each alumnus or team. The results will also be prominently displayed during on-campus interviewing, increasing the winning firms’ visibility among our students.

Be a Team Leader! Each firm will have a designated Team Leader who will help garner alumni participation within the firm. Team Leaders serve as ambassadors of AUWCL by encouraging giving among fellow alumni at their respective firms, circulating information about exciting developments at AUWCL, and keeping their colleagues apprised of the firm’s standing in the Challenge to help inspire 100% participation. Team Leaders will also be featured on a specially designated webpage.

Celebrate Your Success. Firms will be clustered into Challenge Groups based on the total number of alumni working at the firm. Firms with the highest participation rates in each Challenge Group will be invited to a Challenge Celebration at WCL in the spring.

Current Team Leaders & Players

  • Akin Gump
    Donald Pongrace, Partner
    John Jacob, Partner
    Matthew Nicely, Partner
    Robert Monjay, Senior Counsel
    Scott Johnson, Counsel
  • Blank Rome
    Marianne M. Talbot, Business Dev. / D&I Manager
  • Cadwalader
    Jason Schwartz, Partner. Team Leader
  • Carlton Fields
    Tom Morante, Senior Counsel. Team Leader
  • Jones Day
    Chris Thatch, Partner. Team Leader
  • King & Spalding
    Michael Shortnacy, Partner. Team Leader
    Alexis Early, Partner
  • Latham & Watkins
    Lauren Talerman, Associate
  • Lowenstein Sandler
    Zarema A. Jaramillo, Partner. Team Leader
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
    Whitney-Ann Mulhauser, Managing Associate
  • Shearman & Sterling
    Chris White, Associate
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    Vanessa Burrows, Counsel. Team Leader
    John Goheen, Senior Associate
    Sarah Pugh, Associate
    Sara Razi, Partner
    Alisa Tschorke, Counsel
  • Sullivan & Cromwell
    Emily Brait, Associate. Team Leader

For more information, please contact Matthew Pascocello, Director of Alumni Career & Professional Development, at