EmoryLaw@Work

Emory University School of Law's EmoryLaw@Work program seeks to strengthen relationships with our alumni by connecting with them through workplaces and law firms. We believe that partnerships with participating law firms help the law school remain relevant for alumni, keep pace with economic trends, and stay abreast of contemporary legal practice.

To further this mission, EmoryLaw@Work strives to

  • Connect Emory Law with participating companies to raise funds for the Law School Fund for Excellence and other Law school scholarships through the EmoryLaw@Work challenge;
  • Keep you informed of developments at Emory Law through events and regular communication and
  • Provide legal education through Breakfast and Business Card events around town.

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Benjamin I. Fink

Dear Fellow Alumni,

I invite you to participate in the EmoryLaw@Work challenge. The challenge centers on a friendly competition among firms/companies across the nation to promote support of the Law School Fund for Excellence. This campaign raises annual unrestricted resources that allow the law school to fund its most pressing needs including, but not limited to: 

  • Scholarships
  • Academic programs and initiatives
  • Faculty support and research
  • Student organizations and activities
  • Professional development and career services
  • Public interest programs

At Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. (BFV), our dedication to the EmoryLaw@Work program has brought participants at the firm closer together as we collectively support our alma mater. Always looking to “win” a friendly competition, BFV has received an award from Emory Law for 100% participation in annual fund giving by our Emory Law alumni for the last 5 years.  Please consider joining the 2020 EmoryLaw@Work challenge to increase your firm/company’s impact on Emory Law.

//Benjamin I. Fink

Benjamin Fink 92L
Chair, EmoryLaw@Work

Program Details

Alumni volunteers serve as firm/company captains for each of the participating companies contacting their colleagues to offer the opportunity to support this annual giving campaign.  We encourage attorneys to consider giving at least the equivalent of one billable hour to the Law School Fund for Excellence.

Firms are divided into groups based on the number of Emory Law alumni at that firm.

EmoryLaw@Work challenge group category:

  • Small - Organizations with less than 10 law graduates
  • Medium - Organizations with 10 - 29 law graduates
  • Large - Organizations with 30 or more law graduates

This year’s challenge kicks off October 1, 2019 and concludes on March 31, 2020.

All gifts made during this period will count towards your company’s participation rate. The challenge will conclude with our month-long March Mania Competition. At the end of the challenge, firms in each group are recognized for achieving the highest percentage of alumni participation, as well as, for largest average gift. Challenge results will be announced at the Alumni Awards ceremony during Emory Law Alumni Weekend.

EmoryLaw@Work FAQs

The program seeks to strengthen alumni relationships by connecting with them through their workplace. We believe that partnerships with participating companies help the law school remain relevant for alumni, keep pace with economic trends, and stay abreast of contemporary legal practice.

The goal of the challenge is for each participating company to achieve the highest participation rate for their size category. This friendly competition among companies across the nation promotes support of the Law School Fund for Excellence, raising annual unrestricted resources that allow the law school to fund its most pressing needs. Donations to the Law School Fund for Excellence are the foundation that supports all of the initiatives of Emory Law, including, but not limited to scholarships, academic programs and initiatives, faculty support and research, student organizations and activities, professional development and career services, and public interest programs.

In addition, the EmoryLaw@Work challenge also benefits participating companies by assisting with recruiting efforts and highlighting each company’s commitment to philanthropy. Further, the challenge benefits alumni at these companies by building camaraderie within and vitalizing alumni networks in the larger community.

Yes. In fact, a majority of law schools have a version of the EmoryLaw@Work. There are probably non-Emory colleagues of yours who have a similar initiative going on right now with their law school.

No. As with many of our peer institutions, the EmoryLaw@Work challenge has become an annual part of our advancement programming. The program has been in place for over 20 years!

This year’s challenge kicks off October 1, 2019 and concludes on March 31, 2020. All gifts made during this period will count towards your company’s participation rate. The challenge will conclude with our month-long March Mania Competition. The final results of the challenge will be announced at the Alumni Awards ceremony during Emory Law Alumni Weekend (ELAW).

Any gift of any amount made to the law school between October 1, 2019 and April 1, 2020 will be counted toward the challenge. The gift may be made to the Law School Fund for Excellence or any other Law School gift designation.

No. While we encourage giving to all schools and units of Emory University, to count for this challenge gifts must be designated toward the law school.

Yes and No. The primary goal of the challenge is participation. Companies with 100% participation will receive recognition. No dollar amounts will be listed or shared, only participation percentages. The final winners will be determined based on participation by company size category, with the largest average gift used as a tie-breaker. However, we encourage attorneys to consider giving at least the equivalent of one billable hour to the Law School Fund for Excellence.

EmoryLaw@Work challenge group category:

Small - Organizations with less than 10 law graduates

Medium - Organizations with 10 - 29 law graduates

Large - Organizations with 30 or more law graduates

A full list of companies is posted on the EmoryLaw@Work website.

Participation results will be updated monthly on the EmoryLaw@Work website. 

The company within each category to achieve the highest participation rate will be declared the winner. Incentives include an engraved trophy cup for each category winner, plaques for all companies with 100% participation, and a variety of print and online recognition. In addition, there will be on-campus interviewing upgrades, increasing the winning company’s visibility among our students.

Team captains serve as ambassadors of the law school by encouraging giving among fellow alumni at their respective companies and circulating information about exciting developments at the law school. As well as, keeping their colleagues apprised of the team’s standing in the challenge to help inspire 100% participation.

Gifts to the law school are critical to maintaining the educational excellence of our institution. The challenge is an important component of the Law School’s Fund for Excellence, which provides vital resources and support for Emory’s students, faculty, and programs.

To enroll your company in this year's challenge, learn more about becoming a team captain, or inquire about hosting a breakfast or lunch event, please contact Nicole Planck at 404.727.0673 or nicole.planck@emory.edu.

Emory University School of Law partners with EmoryLaw@Work firms to provide opportunities for alumni to continue the connection between alumni and their law school, while reinforcing the importance of supporting the Law School Fund for Excellence through participation in the EmoryLaw@Work challenge. 

Faculty and notable alumni visit participating firms to support the EmoryLaw@Work initiative, engaging alumni in conversations around trends in the legal field.

Thank you to the firms who are hosting events in 2019.

2019-20 Schedule

Thursday, October 3 | 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Business Cards
Pro Bono Celebration
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Atlanta

Thursday, November 4  | 8:00-9:30 a.m.
Breakfast and Business Cards
Smith Gambrell Russell, Atlanta

January 2020 - Program being developed

February 2020 - Program being developed

March Mania Competition
March 1 - 31, 2020

Friday, April 17 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
ELAW Awards Ceremony
Emory School of Law, Tull Auditorium

How can I get involved in the EmoryLaw@Work challenge?

To enroll your company in this year's challenge, learn more about becoming a team captain, or inquire about hosting a breakfast or lunch event, please contact Nicole Planck at 404.727.0673 or nicole.planck@emory.edu.