Over the years, G. Bryan Salzmann ‘91 and James D. Hughes ’90 have carved out a successful law practice in central Pennsylvania focused on environmental, corporate, and municipal law. These partners met at Dickinson Law, where they became close over shared golf outings and softball games. They remain best friends, and they continue to support the law school, hiring many alumni and donating to the Graduate Scholarship Matching Program.

Basketball players love stats, so it’s little surprise Salzmann was drawn to Dickinson Law by an impressive one. While applying, he noted the school had a nearly 100 percent passing rate for the bar during the three previous years. “If I was going to make an investment by putting myself through law school, I wanted to go somewhere I felt I’d be able to practice immediately once I finished,” he says.

The two men became tight as they finished law school, and nearly three decades later, they remain best friends. Having loved the Carlisle area, including the ample outdoor space for fishing and hunting, two of their shared passions, they stayed nearby after graduation, each working for other firms before establishing their own firm—Salzmann Hughes, P.C.—which has five offices across central Pennsylvania.

Today, they maintain close ties to the law school, including sponsoring a scholarship through the recently ended grad match program.

“It’s a unique place,” Salzmann says. “I’m so thankful for my education. That’s one of the reasons we felt it was important to give back. Our success ties back to how well we were prepared. The things we were taught include not just the law but the service side of it.”

Salzmann Hughes, P.C., actively pursues Dickinson Law grads. At least 10 are on its current staff as well as two interns.

“We’ve maintained a close relationship with Dean [Gary S.] Gildin,” says Hughes. “We’ve watched Dickinson Law grow and change over the years, and it’s always been a special place. We enjoyed our years at the law school together.”