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Winter 2013 E-Newsletter


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yale Law School News

Luis Moreno-Ocampo Delivers Inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice

The man who established and successfully led the first Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) delivered the inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice at Yale Law School on January 28. Luis Moreno-Ocampo spoke on the topic, “The Office of the Chief Prosecutor: The Challenges of the Inaugural Years.”

The Gruber Lecture was preceded by a related panel discussion on “The Rome Statute, the ICC, and the Pursuit of Justice” and followed by a panel on “Creating War Crimes.”  More

Harold Hongju Koh Named Sterling Professor of International Law

Former Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh, who recently returned to Yale Law School after serving for more than three years as Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State, has been named a Sterling Professor of International Law. The Sterling Professorships are among the highest honors bestowed on Yale faculty.

Cristina Rodríguez ’00 Joins Yale Law School Faculty as Professor of Law

Cristina Rodríguez ’00 joined the Yale Law School faculty as a professor of law, effective January 28. She will teach constitutional law, administrative law, and immigration law at YLS.

An expert on the effects of immigration on society and culture, as well as the legal and political strategies societies adopt to absorb immigrant populations, Rodríguez comes to Yale Law School from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel. More

John D. Morley ’06 to Join Yale Law School Faculty as Associate Professor of Law

MorleyDean Robert Post ’77 has announced the appointment of John D. Morley ’06 to the Yale Law School faculty. He will join as an associate professor of law, effective July 1, 2013.

Morley, an expert in organizational law and investment management, is currently an associate professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2012, he was named director of the school’s Law & Business Program, which integrates business and legal analysis in the law school classroom.  More

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Weekend 2013:
Mark your calendar for October 4-6, 2013

Although reunion is still more than seven months away, preparations for the weekend are already in full swing. We hope you’ll be able to return to the Law School to join the festivities and panel discussions surrounding the theme of “Global Constitutionalism.” Classes graduating in years ending in “3” and “8” will be celebrating special reunions, but all alumni are welcome back to the Law School. Updates to the schedule and information about hotel accommodations and registration will be posted on the Alumni Weekend 2013 website as the weekend approaches.

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

News from Student Organizations and Journals

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.

YLJ Volume 123 Editorial Board Announced
The Yale Law Journal is pleased to announce the selection of its Volume 123 editorial board. To receive updates on new content and other news from YLJ, please sign up for the monthly publicity newsletter or the YLJ alumni mailing list

Yale Environmental Law Association Conference
Registration is now open for the Yale Environmental Law Association’s 2013 New Directions in Environmental Law Conference.  This year’s conference (the theme of which is "The Power of Voice”) will take place on March 2 at Yale Law School. Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone editor and environmental writer, will deliver the keynote address. Conference participants will examine who and what motivates changes in environmental law and policy and the mechanisms that different actors employ to pursue and achieve that change.  For additional information, please contact conference chair Casey Arnold or visit the conference website

On April 12 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
The Yale Black Law Students Association will host its fifth Alumni Dinner on April 6 in New Haven. The Alumni Dinner will honor Clifford Alexander, Jr. '58 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.

LLSA Alumni Dinner
On March 9, Yale Law School's Latina/o Law Students Association (LLSA) will host its eighth annual Alumni Achievement Award Dinner (formerly the Public Service Award Dinner). The dinner is a prestigious ceremony initiated by LLSA to recognize and celebrate a Latina/o alum for his or her distinguished record of achievement, leadership and public service. This year, LLSA will honor new YLS faculty member Cristina M. Rodríguez ’00 with its Alumni Achievement Award. Please contact LLSA's co-chairs, Andrea Nill Sánchez and Roberto Saldaña, or alumni outreach chair, Robert Fuentes, if you are interested in attending the dinner.

Also of Note

Student Affairs Has New Associate Dean, New Offices
Kathleen B. Overly recently joined the Law School as Associate Dean overseeing Student Life and Career Development. Kathleen came to YLS from the University of Pennsylvania where she was Associate Director for Student Development. Shortly after Kathleen’s arrival, the Student Affairs Office moved to Ruttenberg Hall, directly above the Career Development Office. The new location allows a single destination for a variety of student needs such as academic advising, personal counseling, student group and journal needs, and event planning and reimbursements.

40 Ashmun Street: An Update on Space
Sense of community is, and always has been, an important part of the YLS mission. For years, dormitory living in the Sterling Law Building was essential to the community of student life. Today, the spaces once used to house students within the Sterling Law Building are used for the expanded offerings designed to help Yale Law School students receive the best education and best support possible— academic centers and clinical offices, faculty and administrative offices, and space for students to work collaboratively on journals and student organizations.

Yale University President-Elect Peter Salovey has recently reiterated the University’s commitment to releasing the remaining three floors of 40 Ashmun Street to the Law School in 2018 for residential use. More

Career Development Office Gains Director of Alumni and Alternative Careers
The Law School’s Career Development Office (CDO) has many resources to assist alumni seeking career advice. CDO's attorney counselors have extensive experience in numerous areas of legal practice. The most recent addition to the CDO staff is Anna Leach-Proffer, who was recently named Director of Alumni and Alternative Careers. Anna focuses her counseling on alumni, LL.M. students, and students interested in business and other alternative careers.

Alumni may schedule appointments with a CDO counselor by calling 203 432-1676 or emailing

Creating “Savvy Financial Aid Consumers” — Financial Aid Office Offers Ongoing Counseling for Students and Alumni
The Financial Aid Office has extended the outreach of its financial literacy initiative with a Financial Literacy Lunch Series for students with interactive workshops on a variety of financial management topics presented by experts in the field.

The office also offers one-on-one counseling to students and alumni. Financial Aid Officers naturally keep in close contact with graduated YLS students through the 10-year eligibility of the COAP program, but all alumni are welcome to reach out to the office any time.  Perhaps a life circumstance has changed which allows a faster repayment of your loans?  Or you would like to know the best way to restructure your loan repayment given a newfound family commitment?  Or you just need assistance negotiating the ever-evolving federal repayment programs (like the new federal Pay As You Earn program which just began in December).  

To read more about the Financial Aid Office and its outreach initiatives, visit the Financial Aid Office blog.

Are you interested in becoming a member of the YLSA Executive Committee?
Executive Committee members serve a three-year term, and are invited to meetings in New Haven each spring and fall. The Committee serves as an informal alumni sounding board, and is a very interesting way to reconnect with YLS and other alumni and learn more about YLS today. More details about the Committee can be found on the Alumni web pages. The new Executive Committee members will be selected by some of the current Executive Committee members during their meeting this spring. New members will begin their terms on July 1, 2013. If you are interested in being considered for the Committee, please email us and attach a copy of a bio or call 203 432-1690 by February 28. We think you'll enjoy it!

Videos and Podcasts of Recent Lectures
Recent additions to the Law School’s streaming video and podcast collections include the inaugural lecture of Tom Tyler, Macklin Fleming Professor of Law. Professor Tyler spoke on “Legitimacy in Everyday Law.”

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