What is it?
It’s a competition, plain and simple. And it’s between Mitchell Hamline alumni to see whose law firm can generate the highest giving rate to Mitchell Hamline. Sure, it’s supposed to be friendly. But do you really want to lose to the other teams? We didn’t think so.
If your firm has six or more Mitchell Hamline alumni working there, you can play. (If not, hire more Mitchell Hamline alumni.) The rules are simple: get as many of your Mitchell Hamline alumni colleagues as possible to make a gift to Mitchell Hamline. The firm with the highest giving rate wins.
Five reasons to give
#1 Everybody’s doing it
Well not exactly everybody, but we have a loyal roster of competitors, and we’re always looking to add new teams!
#2 Because you didn’t get a scholarship, and you should have
Each year Mitchell Hamline loses top-notch students to other schools that can offer more scholarship support, and each year Mitchell Hamline is unable to provide scholarship support to numerous deserving students. We can only change that with your help.
#3 A real mix of students
From former cops to legislators, electrical engineers to entrepreneurs, your classmates brought real-world perspectives that enlivened debate and enhanced your law school experience.
#4 It’s practically painless
You can give online easily—choose to make an annual gift or an affordable monthly payment of as little as $5 per month.
#5 Practice-based learning
The college’s practical approach to legal education is now a growing national trend with law schools all over the country scrambling to emphasize more practical skills training—something Mitchell Hamline has been doing for over 116 years.
You can make a difference in a student’s life in many ways.
How does the Law Firm Giving Challenge help my firm?The Law Firm Giving Challenge is a competition between firms employing six or more Mitchell Hamline grads. Each organization has a team captain or captains to help encourage their Mitchell Hamline colleagues to participate. The winner of the competition is the organization with the highest percentage of participation of giving to the college.
How does my participation help Mitchell Hamline?Your participation helps the college by adding valuable dollars to the annual fund. Mitchell Hamline grads have to compete with graduates from the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas, and the U and St. Thomas both have large endowments at their disposal. Mitchell Hamline doesn’t have that resource. Our ability to recruit quality students and offer them the best education possible is dependent on support from people just like you. Doesn’t tuition cover the needs of the college? Most Mitchell Hamline students have financial need. Roughly 9 out of 10 of our students take out loans to cover tuition, books, and cost of living expenses. Many of them are also working. The average debt of a graduating law student is $110,000. Every dollar given to the annual fund is a dollar that can take some of this burden off of the student so that they can focus on what they came here to do- learning the law.
Why should I support Mitchell Hamline when there are other organizations out there that need my support?That is a fair question, and one that in this market is particularly difficult to answer. In this economy, in a local market with three law schools, why should you make Mitchell Hamline a priority? Mitchell Hamline has been educating attorneys in the Twin Cities for over 116 years, and in that time, there have been many ups and downs in the world outside the college. What has remained constant is that Mitchell Hamline has always focused on the kind of student who has had to sacrifice to make a legal education possible. No matter what the economy holds, there will always be passionate people driven to the practice of law.
When can we play?The challenge runs from April 1 to June 30.
|Jeff Johnson||Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.|
|Aram Desteian and Steve Aggergaard||Bassford Remele|
|Knapp Fitzsimmons||Briggs & Morgan|
|Ariel Howe||Faegre Baker Daniels|
|Courtney Hofflander||Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.|
|Mylene Landry||Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC|
|Mark Dietzen||Lindquist & Vennum LLP|
|Rebecca Klett||Lockridge Grindal Nauen P.L.L.P.|
|Mark Gleason||Merchant & Gould|
|Sunny Beddow||Messerli & Kramer|
|Chris Seidl and Patrick Arenz||Robins Kaplan LLP|
|Tim Bianchi||Schwegman Lundberg Woessner|
|Jordan Humphry||Winthrop & Weinstine|