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Spring 2012 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Commencement 2012
  • Abbe Gluck '00 to Join Faculty as Associate Professor of Law
  • Fiona Doherty ’99 to Join Faculty as Clinical Associate Professor of Law
  • Gideon Yaffe to Join Faculty as Professor of Law
  • Justice John Paul Stevens Judges Moot Court Finals; Speaks at YLPR Event
  • Yale Law School Announces Three Dozen Recipients of Public Interest Fellowships
  • Alumni Weekend 2012
  • Alumni Events

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Yale Law School News

Commencement 2012:  'Save the Dream for All'

Yale Law School honored 251 degree candidates at the School's commencement ceremony on May 21. Held this year in the rainproof Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, the program opened with welcoming remarks by Dean Robert Post '77, who offered special congratulations to the first class to enter Yale Law School under his deanship. Stephen Bright, Harvey Karp Visiting Lecturer in Law, delivered a powerful commencement address, urging graduates to use their gifts to make the legal world a better world — one where no one is shut out and the weak and vulnerable are not exploited. The students also heard from Margaret H. Marshall '76, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, who had received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Yale University earlier in the day. A video and photo gallery of Commencement are available online. 

Abbe Gluck '00 to Join Faculty as Associate Professor of Law

Dean Robert Post ’77 has announced the appointment of Abbe Gluck ’00 to the Yale Law School faculty. She joins as an associate professor of law, effective July 1, 2012. Gluck is an expert in civil procedure, legislation, federalism, and health law. She served in the administration of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as the special counsel and senior advisor to the New Jersey Attorney General. She also served in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Fiona Doherty ’99 to Join Faculty as Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Fiona Doherty ’99 will join the Yale Law faculty on July 1, 2012, as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law. She has been visiting Yale Law School since fall 2011, co-teaching the Criminal Defense Project and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Prior to that, she was the Arthur Liman Senior Fellow in Residence and co-taught the Liman Public Interest Workshop, “Accessing Justice and Rights — From Streets to Prisons.”

Gideon Yaffe to Join Faculty as Professor of Law

Gideon Daniel Yaffe, a professor of philosophy and law at the University of Southern California, will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2012, as a Professor of Law. Professor Yaffe's research interests include the philosophy of law, particularly criminal law; the study of metaphysics including causation, free will and personal identity; and the study of intention and the theory of action.

Justice John Paul Stevens Judges Moot Court Finals; Speaks at Yale Law and Policy Review Event

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, the Honorable Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Honorable Judge Brett Kavanaugh '90 of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit presided at Moot Court for Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which comes before the Supreme Court next term. At issue is whether the University's use of race in undergraduate admissions violates the Equal Protection Clause.

Yale Law School Announces Three Dozen Recipients of Public Interest Fellowships

Students and recent graduates will be working for such organizations as the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, International Criminal Tribunals, American Civil Liberties Union, Center for American Progress, California Solicitor General's Office, International Justice Mission, and National Women's Law Center.

Alumni Weekend 2012 – "Entertainment and the Law"

Mark your calendars now for Alumni Weekend in New Haven on October 19-21, 2012, where the theme will be "Entertainment and the Law."  The weekend will begin with a very special treat the afternoon of Friday, October 19, when the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights kicks off its Distinguished Lecture Series with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The program includes a panel discussion on “Equality's Frontiers” followed by a conversation with Justice Ginsberg and Linda Greenhouse '78 M.S.L..  (Attendees should plan on being at the Law School by 1:00 pm.) On Saturday morning, panel discussions on sports law, social media, arts law, and new media and content delivery will be followed by the alumni luncheon, when the Yale Law School Association's Award of Merit will be given to YLS graduate David Boies '66. All YLS alumni are invited to attend, and classes ending in 2s and 7s will be celebrating reunions with Saturday dinners, Sunday brunches, and other special activities. For more information, visit Alumni Weekend 2012.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Enjoy summer happy hours in NYC, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago and the Bay Area; YLS Professor Heather Gerken will host election law talks in Boston and Pasadena; grab some peanuts and Cracker Jacks at Fenway Park or cheer on the LA Sparks; or take in a very special event as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas '74 keynotes the Washington, D.C., Annual Dinner on June 28. For more details on these and other events in your area visit our Alumni Events page.

Student Organization News

Many of the student organizations at the Law School have their own web pages with information about recent and upcoming events. A list of these student organizations and links to their pages can be found online.

Yale Law Journal Alumni Receptions

In late July and early August, The Yale Law Journal will be holding receptions for its alumni and current editors.

  • New York City: Thursday, July 26 at 6 pm
    Hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell.
  • Washington, DC: Thursday, July 26 at 6 pm
    Hosted by Arnold & Porter
  • Boston: Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm, at Alibi in the Liberty Hotel
  • San Francisco: Tuesday, July 31 at 6 pm
    Hosted by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Los Angeles: Date and location TBA

More details will be provided in the next issue of the YLJ Alumni Newsletter. If you are not already subscribed to the newsletter, please email Usha Chilukuri '13, Volume 122 Executive Development Editor.

Career Development Office News

Pay it Forward

Join YLS Career Connections, the Law School's online database of more than 1,800 alumni willing to assist current students and fellow graduates seeking career advice, and those wanting to connect with current student organizations. If interested, contact CDO's Director of Recruiting, Tina Severson at 203-432-1692.

Law Teaching

If you are considering a career in academia, please sign up for the Law Teaching email list at We'll send you advice, information, and law teaching opportunities, including an invitation to Moot Camp, a one-day conference for current and future teaching candidates on Friday, September 14. For more information about academic careers, please visit the Law School's Law Teaching web page. Additional Law Teaching resources are available from the Career Development Office.

Also of Note

Jobs at YLS

There are a number of fellowship and job opportunities available at YLS.  Please check the YLS Employment & Fellowship Opportunities page and Job Posting Resources page for more information.

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Videos and Podcasts of Recent Lectures

Recent additions to the Law School's streaming video and podcast collections include a conversation with Justice John Paul Stevens and Knight Senior Journalist and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law Linda Greenhouse '78 M.S.L. on the Supreme Court; “Market Solidarity” Inaugural Lecture by Daniel Markovits '00, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law; and "A YLS History in Portraits," as told by former dean Guido Calabresi '58.

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