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Nannes 3L Challenge 2012 

Student Organizations to Benefit from the Nannes 3L Challenge

By Becky Freligh, Development Office

When members of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform (MJLR) needed to revamp the journal's website last year, they were able to hire a professional web designer, thanks to funds designated to the organization through the Nannes 3L Challenge. The website redesign, said current managing editor Nina Ruvinsky, 3L, has "allowed us to have a wider reach for our pieces, to share the footage from our symposia, and to have a timely forum through which to publish articles on the day's most immediate legal issues."

In the face of technological change that has made journal work a very solitary business, Ruvinsky said the MJLR has also used Nannes funds to create a sense of community through social events celebrating the release of print issues.

"This creates more investment in the journal's mission and helps us to build a strong alumni network that continues to contribute to the journal long after they have left the Law School," she said.

For 3L Liz Gary, who co-chaired the Environmental Law Society in 2011–2012, Nannes funds meant the organization was able to host speakers, plan outdoor excursions, and organize fun social events "that would not have been possible otherwise. This challenge is the perfect example of how the generosity of alumni plays a central role in keeping the MLaw community vibrant, collegial, and fun."

Each fall, a committee of third-year law students conducts the Nannes 3L Challenge. John Nannes, '73, a partner in Skadden's Washington office, makes a contribution to the Law School, and students signing up for the Challenge can designate $250 of his contribution to the student organization(s) of their choice. In exchange, the students agree to make a contribution to the Law School Fund in each of the first four years after they graduate. The goals are to provide students with an opportunity to begin giving back to the Law School, to gain experience in philanthropy before leaving campus, and to see the direct impact of their gifts on campus life.

The Challenge is open to the first 200 3L students who sign up, and there is friendly rivalry among students to get their friends to sign up and designate their favorite organizations to receive the money so that it will be available to students during their last year of Law School.

This year's Nannes Challenge kicks off on Monday, October 1, and closes on Friday, October 12, just before the fall break. Nannes committee members will be available during lunchtime in Aikens Commons to answer questions and accept signed Challenge forms.

This year's Nannes committee is co-chaired by 3L Nick Mueller and 2L Judy Conway. Members include 3Ls Ankit Bahri, Matt Boucher, Sarah Dada, Aghogho Oluwaseun Edevbie, Liz Gary, Justin Gillett, Will Mullen, Elissa Reidy, Leora Rodenstein, Joanna Rogow, and Sogoal Salari, and 2Ls Jeremy Keeney and Michael Pinjuv.

For more information about the Nannes 3L Challenge, visit


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