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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Yale Law School News

Alumni Weekend 2012 – "Entertainment and the Law"
Justice Ginsburg to Give Inaugural Gruber Lecture

We hope you will return to YLS to see old friends and make new ones, meet current students, wander familiar hallways, gather in the courtyard, catch up with a favorite professor, and enjoy meals together in Commons and other eateries. Highlights of this year’s Alumni Weekend include Friday’s Inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights, featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

If you haven’t registered for Alumni Weekend already, you can do so online until midnight (eastern time) on October 4 or in person during the reunion.
This year’s reunion weekend will take place in New Haven on October 19-21, 2012. 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. Panels will be devoted to the theme “Entertainment and the Law.” A full schedule of events along with details such as hotel information is posted on the Alumni Weekend website.

Ford Foundation Commits Grant to Inaugural Fellowship Program

Yale Law School has received a grant from the Ford Foundation to offer 25 Yale Law students an unprecedented chance to gain experience on the frontlines of public interest law next summer. Launched in September, the inaugural Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowship Program is designed to connect highly motivated and accomplished law students to substantive, ten-week placements with the foundation's grantee organizations around the world, working to improve the lives of others through legal analysis, litigation and public policy advocacy. More

The Class of 2015 is Welcomed to Yale Law School

Members of the 201st class of new students at Yale Law School hail from 10 different countries, 35 different states, and 68 different undergraduate institutions and speak 35 different languages. Together they hold 57 advanced graduate degrees in subjects ranging from Applied Microeconomic Analysis to Opera. Among them are a published novelist, a skilled archer, an award-winning poet, a beauty queen, a juggler, an amateur boxer, a dog trainer, a Shakespearean actor, and a trained vegan chef. They have served as analysts at the FCC, the Department of the Treasury, the New Jersey Department of Education, and the Defense Intelligence Agency and have advised leaders ranging from Newark Mayor Cory Booker ’97 to the President of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq. More

Does Tingey Rhyme With Dinghy? Yale Law Team Tackles Hard-to-Pronounce Supreme Court Case Names

A couple of years ago, it occurred to Yale Law School Visiting Lecturer Eugene Fidell that a pronouncing dictionary of Supreme Court case names might be “the rare example of legal scholarship that was both useful and fun.”

Fidell assembled a group of Yale Law students who put together a list of potential names to include and the group began working on a “Pronouncing Dictionary of the Supreme Court of the United States.” Methodically, they whittled the list down from approximately 700 candidates for mispronunciation, discarding names such as “Kahanamoku,” “Laborde,” and “Nyquist” that could reasonably be sounded out, but keeping trickier ones such as “Tingey,” “Bakke,” and “Vyfhuis.” The pronouncing dictionary (which was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered) was completed in August.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Regional groups across the U.S. have a variety of upcoming events planned for area alums. From Chicago to Boston to New York City to Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco, alumni gather regularly for theater events, dinner talks by local area alums, happy hours, faculty talks, and athletic events.

Upcoming alumni events include:

• The YLSA of Washington, DC, will hold a session on Friday, October 26, at WilmerHale on Yale Law Women’s new study on gender dynamics at the Law School.

• The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law invites alumni to the Sullivan & Cromwell Conference on Challenges in Global Financial Services, which will be held at the Law School on Friday, November 2.

Please visit the YLS Alumni Events web page frequently for full details on upcoming events.

News from Student Organizations
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 Reception to be Held During Alumni Weekend
The Yale Law Journal
is pleased to announce a reception for alumni on Saturday, October 20, from 3-4:15 pm, during the Yale Law School Alumni Weekend. The reception will be held in the YLJ offices on the fourth floor of the Sterling Law Building.

YLJ would also like to invite alumni to sign up for its biannual alumni newsletter and its monthly publicity newsletter. Please direct any questions to

Save the date! On April 12, 2013, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Native American Law Students Association (formerly PANA), and the South Asian Law Students Association will be hosting their Biannual Alumni Banquet. The Hon. Goodwin Liu ’98, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, will be guest of honor for the event. All alumni are invited to attend. Please contact Aditi Eleswarapu for more information.

BLSA Alumni Dinner
This spring the Yale Black Law Students Association will host its fifth Alumni Dinner. The Alumni Dinner will honor a distinguished alumnus with the Jane M. Bolin '31 Service Award, in memory of YLS graduate Jane Matilda Bolin. Alumni will have the opportunity to reconnect with their classmates and meet current BLSA students. Details of the event will be available on the YBLSA website, and alumni interested in attending should email Jeannette Figg.

Critical Race Theory: From the Academy to the Community Conference
On February 8-9, 2013, Yale Law School will host an academic conference titled “Critical Race Theory: From the Academy to the Community." The conference is sponsored by the Zelia & Oscar Ruebhausen and Debevoise & Plimpton Student Fund at Yale Law School. The conference will convene leading academic scholars, legal practitioners, andcommunity leaders to examine the ways in which critical race theory can be applied to scholarly work, legal practice, social justice advocacy, and community-based movements. If you are interested in participating, please contact coordinators Christopher LapinigJamelia Morgan, and Marbre Stahly-Butts.

LLSA Alumni Dinner
This spring, Yale Law School's Latina/o Law Students’ Association (LLSA) will host its Eighth Annual Public Service Award Dinner. The dinner is a prestigious ceremony initiated by LLSA in order to recognize and celebrate a Latina/o alumnus for his or her distinguished record of leadership and public service. The dinner brings together current students, faculty, alumni, and administrators to reconnect and share news of LLSA’s activities and accomplishments. Please contact LLSA's co-chairs, Andrea Nill Sanchez and Roberto Saldana, if you are interested in attending the dinner.

YLBS Conference
The Yale Law and Business Society is organizing Yale's inaugural law and business conference, to be held on February 15, 2013. The conference will focus on contemporary issues in business ethics—from financial regulation to natural resource industries—and will feature a mixture of panel discussions and keynote lectures. Confirmed speakers include: SEC Commissioner Troy Paredes, UC Berkeley Professor Neil Fligstein, and Paul Brest, President of the Hewlett Foundation. Please contact Bob Borek for further details about the conference.

Rebellious Lawyering Conference
RebLaw invites alumni to the Nineteenth Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference, which will take place at Yale Law School on February 22-23, 2013. The RebLaw Conference is the nation's largest student-run public interest conference, and brings together practitioners, law students, and community advocates from around the country each year to discuss innovative, progressive approaches to law and social change. This year's keynote speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, who has won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color in the criminal justice system. Conference information and registration will be available online soon. For additional information, please contact the RebLaw Directors at

Yale Environmental Law Association Conference
The Yale Environmental Law Association invites alumni to the third annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference, taking place March 2, 2013, at Yale Law School. This year's conference will focus on systems thinking and interconnectivity, probing legal responses to the challenges of scarcity and excess that unite today’s changing world. Potential discussion topics include food sustainability and access, international governance, smart growth and land use, corporate accountability, environmental justice, human rights and the environment, and environmental courts. For additional information, please contact conference chair Casey Arnold.

Also of Note

Ph.D. Program Slated to Begin in Fall 2013; Applications Due December 15
Yale Law School's new Ph.D. Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 academic year. Those interested in learning more about the program are invited to review the Ph.D. Web pages, read about what differentiates the Yale Ph.D. from other post-graduate programs, and contact Gordon Silverstein, Assistant Dean for the Graduate Programs, with any questions. Please note that applications for the fall of 2013 are due by December 15, 2012.

YLS Fellowship Opportunities
Yale Law School offers a number of post-graduate fellowships for alumni interested in pursuing careers in academia or in public interest law, in the United States and abroad. Some fellowships provide time for research and writing; others allow graduates to work in public interest positions with NGOs, international courts and tribunals, government agencies, and legal services organizations. Application deadlines vary; some are as early as November 12. More information and application materials are available on the YLS Post-Graduate Fellowships page.

Jobs at YLS
There are a number of fellowship and job opportunities available at YLS. The Law School is currently looking for an Associate Dean for Finance and Administration and an Associate Dean for Development. Please check the YLS Employment & Fellowship Opportunities page and the Job Posting Resources page for more information.

An E-book and an Oral History — Two Firsts for the Lillian Goldman Law Library
The Lillian Goldman Law Library recently published its first e-book: Before Roe v. Wade by YLS Lecturer Linda Greenhouse and Professor Reva Siegel. It can be downloaded for free from the library's website.
The Library has also recently published the first volume in the Yale Law School Oral History Series. A Conversation with Abraham S. Goldstein (by Bonnie Collier) will soon be available as a free download from the library's website. Additional oral histories featuring former YLS Deans Lou Pollak and Harry Wellington will soon be released. These also will be published in both print and e-book formats.

YLS Student Journals Now Available For Purchase Online
Many of Yale Law School’s student journals are now available for purchase online. Subscriptions and back issue purchases are now available at Titles currently available are: Yale Journal of International Law, Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, Yale Journal of Law and Humanities, Yale Law and Policy Review and, coming soon, Yale Journal on Regulation. To subscribe to any of these titles, renew your subscription, or purchase individual issues, please visit our online catalog. Orders placed online are processed the same day. Orders are also still accepted by mail for all Journals at the following address: Yale Law School Student Journals, c/o Joseph Lynch, P.O. Box 208215, New Haven, CT 06520-8215

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Videos and Podcasts of Recent Lectures
Recent additions to the Law School’s streaming video and podcast collections include the 2012 Judge Jon O. Newman Lecture delivered by the Honorable Kate O’Regan, former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Justice O’Regan spoke about “A Forum for Reason: Reflections on the Role and Work of South Africa’s Constitutional Court.”

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