The 100% UConn Law Challenge once again placed UConn Law near the top of alumni-based fundraising at the University of Connecticut this year. The law school raised more than $21,000 from alumni at law firms and legal departments in Connecticut and Massachusetts, placing second among the 123 projects included in the university’s UConn Gives 2019 campaign.
The challenge also placed third in terms of the total number of donors, at 224, earning an additional award of $2,000 for the law school in recognition of that achievement. It was the second consecutive year that the challenge placed among the top three programs in both the amount raised and the number of donors. In addition, the law school raised more than $10,000 from 53 donors for the Semester in DC, Semester in NYC and Women in Law programs.
Overall, UConn Gives 2019 broke all records for the university’s giving initiative. More than 4,600 contributors raised more than $400,000 on March 27 and 28, topping the 2018 total by more than $130,000.
Among the contributors was Peter Roisman, a 1986 graduate of the law school, who donated to the Semester in DC program. “Simply put, UConn Law School has been very important to the Roisman family,” he said. “My father Gerald, my wife Emily, our daughter Alexandra, my soon-to-be son-in-law, and I are all UConn Law School graduates.”
“This was the fifth year of the 100% Challenge for the Law School, and the second year for UConn Gives,” said Dean Timothy Fisher. “Our dedicated office captains and teams of volunteers make this a special event for us, widening the family of supporters of who help our students and our school every year.”
The 100% UConn Law Challenge calls on law firms and corporate legal departments that employ 10 or more UConn Law graduates to seek donations from all of them. Eighteen teams participated with Shipman & Goodwin LLP leading at 98 percent participation and Jackson Lewis PC at 94 percent.
Contributions to the challenge bolster the Law School Dean’s Fund as well as scholarships supported by individual firms.