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The California Western Law Firm Challenge is a community-based alumni engagement campaign that helps renew the bond between the law school and its alumni, and promotes California Western within the legal community.

Any law firm or legal agency employing two or more California Western alumni is eligible to participate and all are challenged with the goal of achieving 100% participation. Those who succeed in meeting this ambitious goal receive special recognition from the law school.

We are looking forward to our third annual Law Firm Challenge in fall 2017, in conjunction with Giving Tuesday. For more information, please contact Veronica Schindler, Associate Director of Development, at 619-515-1548 or

2016 Results

Thanks to the generosity of our participants and the support of their firms and agencies, this year's challenge was our most successful yet. A total of 18 firms participated—four more than in 2015—and raised more than $10,000 in support of the law school and our students.

Three of this year's participating firms also generously sponsored California Western's "Evening of Celebration" last spring, which honored 14 distinguished retiring faculty members. Special thanks to Platinum Sponsor Kemp, Jones & Coulthard (made possible by J. Randall Jones '81), and Gold Sponsors Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield (made possible by Gayle Blatt '85) and Foley & Lardner (made possible by Nancy Stagg '91).

To each and every one of our participating alumni in this year's challenge: thank you and congratulations on your outstanding achievements!


Challenge Winners (100% Alumni Participation)

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Team Members:
Eileen Nucho '06 (Captain)
Dan Bulfer '11
Martin Hom '91
Ashley Turner '14


Benner & Boon

Benner & Boon Team Members:
Craig Benner '12 (Captain)
Brett Boon '12


Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield

Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield Team Members:
Gayle Blatt '85 (Captain)
Wendy Behan '98
Angela Jae Chun '06
Melissa Deleon '10
Jillian Ferrario '13
Adam Levine '15
Thomas Penfield '74


Hickman & Robinson

Hickman & Robinson Team Members:
Robert Robinson '03 (Captain)
Ian Roven '16
Kyle Yaege '06


Higgs Fletcher & Mack

Higgs Fletcher & Mack Team Members:
Rahil Swigart '03 (Captain)
Rebecca Briskin '10
Roger Clayton '14
Gerissa Conforti '09
Joseph Gonnella '15
Michael Hoisington '98
Scott Ingold '07
Rachel James '05
R. Michael Jones '98
Joseph Kagan '15
Regina Knoll '05
Kathryn Martin '05
Susan Mercure '78
Rachel Moffitt '15
John Nielsen '09
Stephen Pelletier '03
Charles Reidelbach '92
Timothy Waters '77


Hyde & Swigart

Hyde & Swigart Team Members:
Robert Hyde '02 (Co-Captain)
Joshua Swigart '02 (Co-Captain)
Crosby Connolly '12
Sara Khosroabadi '14


Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch

Procopio Team Members:
Zagros Bassirian '14 (Captain)
Kevin Davis '08
Daniel Essig '07
Lionel Hernholm Jr. '75
Pattric Rawlins '99
Ashley Stecher '14
Matt Strauss '03
Hannah Vannetti '13
Merrick Wadsworth '15


RJS Law Firm

RJS Law Firm Team Members:
Chandara Diep '12 (Co-Captain)
Marisol Swadener '15 (Co-Captain)


Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis

Team Members:
Wesley Polischuk '07 (Captain)
Amanda Robinson '07


Ruyle & Ruyle

Ruyle & Ruyle Team Members:
Chad Ruyle '03 (Co-Captain)
David Ruyle '73 (Co-Captain)


Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel Team Members:
Jeffrey Lewin '75 (Captain)
Kevin Gupta '06
Gary Rudolph '81


Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck

Zeldes Haeggquist & Eck Team Members:
Alreen Haeggquist '02 (Captain)
Jenna Crisci '10
Aaron Olsen '08


We had greater than 50% participation from two firms:

Clifford & Brown
Captain: Dennis Gallagher '78

Foley & Lardner
Captain: Nancy Stagg '91


We also received generous alumni participation from the following:

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani
Captain: Shari Weintraub '97

Kemp, Jones & Coulthard
Captain: J. Randall Jones '81

Captain: Kevin Gramling '97

San Diego County District Attorney's Office
Co-Captains: Agustin Pena '12 and Nereida Cruz '13