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Summer 2013 E-Newsletter

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Yale Law School News

YLS 2013 Commencement: Graduates Encouraged to Use Law as Tool for Change

Facing a world filled with great possibilities, but also "inexorable" and "unfathomable" challenges, Yale Law School graduates were encouraged to use law as a powerful tool for change [video]. Several hundred people, including more than 200 graduates and their families and friends, filled the William K. Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium during commencement ceremonies on May 20.

Alumni Weekend 2013: October 4–6, 2013

We hope you'll be able to return to the Law School this fall 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.

Zainab Salbi to Deliver Gruber Lecture

Humanitarian and activist Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International, will deliver the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women's Rights on Monday, October 21 at 4:30 pm at Yale Law School. Women for Women, a grassroots organization devoted to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives, has helped more than 315,000 women in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan access social and economic opportunities.

Professor Judith Resnik to Receive Top Honor from National Association of Women Lawyers

Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School, will be honored in July when she receives the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award, the highest tribute from The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL). NAWL presents the award annually to a woman attorney whose career embodies qualities of professional achievement, positive influence, and valuable contribution to the advancement of women’s interests in and under the law.

Lincoln's Code by Professor John Fabian Witt '99 Earns Accolades

Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History (Free Press, 2012) by Professor John Fabian Witt '99 has received numerous awards since its publication last year. Among those honors: the Bancroft Prize for distinguished work in American history; the Willard Hurst Book Prize of the Law and Society Association; and the American Bar Association's 2013 Silver Gavel Award. Lincoln's Code was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History. More

Upcoming Alumni Events

Enjoy engaging speakers and the company of fellow YLS alumni at summer happy hours in NYC, Philadelphia, Houston, Chicago and other cities across the country; join the conversation as recent addition to the YLS faculty Professor Cristina Rodríguez '00 shares her take on "The Prospects for Immigration Reform" in Miami, Pasadena, and New York; watch your children's faces light up as they participate in a special Fan Event with the LA Sparks; or take in a very special event as U.S. Senator Michael Bennet '93 keynotes the Washington, D.C., Annual Dinner on July 10; and, of course, if you're at the Vineyard, don't miss the 10th Anniversary Martha's Vineyard Summer Cocktail Party. For more details on these and many other events in your area visit our Alumni Events page.

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.

American Constitution Society
ACS will host a series of happy hours over the summer to encourage students and alumni to connect and discuss various progressive issues of interest. In particular, we are hosting a great happy hour during the ACS National Convention. For more information, please contact Jenne Ayres or Raph Graybill.

Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is seeking to establish a mentorship program between current law students and alumni. We are seeking alumni who would be interested in serving as a mentor to current BLSA students, whether by providing career advice, allowing the student to shadow you at work, or just meeting over coffee to discuss the YLS experience. Those interested in serving as a mentor, please email Marvin Brown.

As part of this effort to build connections between alumni and current students, BLSA will be hosting informal happy hours in DC and in New York this summer:

• New York (exact location TBD)
Contact: Lili Timmermann
Date: July 22, 2013
Time: 6-8pm

• Washington, DC (exact location TBD)
Contact: Cara McClellan
Date: July 29, 2013
Time: 6-8pm

The Yale Federalist Society will be hosting happy hours this summer in both DC and New York and would be thrilled to have alumni join us. We expect these will be in July, but specific times and dates are still to be determined. For more information, please contact Ben Field.

Also of Note

PhD in Law Program Admits Inaugural Class
The Law School's new Ph.D. in Law program—the first of its kind in the United States—has admitted its inaugural class. Applicants represented a full array of legal academic interests, including public and private law, domestic and international—everything from the Law of the Sea to the First Amendment; from bankruptcy to property and criminal law.

Applications for admission in 2014-15 will be available in the late summer. If you'd like more information about the program, please contact Gordon Silverstein, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs at or 203 432-4640.

YLS Memorabilia on Sale for a Limited Time
Exclusive Yale Law School clothing and merchandise is now available for purchase for a limited time through the Office of Alumni Affairs. The collection, which is available to view online, offers a variety of Yale Law School clothing and other merchandise, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hat, neckties, tote bags, umbrellas, and key chains.

Watch Akhil Amar on PBS
Watch the new PBS series "Constitution USA" this summer and you will likely see YLS Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Reed Amar '84. Amar was interviewed by host Peter Sagal for the series which originally aired nationwide on PBS channels in May and is also available online. To learn more about other faculty media appearances visit the Law School's Faculty in the News page.

Videos of Recent Lectures

Recent additions to the Law School’s streaming video collection include inaugural lectures by three YLS faculty members:

Tracey L. Meares presented her inaugural lecture as the Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law on April 15, 2013. The lecture was entitled “Smart, Tough and Fair: Reducing Violent Crime in 60 Minutes or Less.”

Michael J. Wishnie ’93, Deputy Dean for Experiential Learning and director of Yale Law School's Legal Services Organization, presented his inaugural lecture as the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law on April 8, 2013. The title of his lecture was “Resistance and Regeneration.”

Scott Shapiro ’90 presented his inaugural lecture as the Charles F. Southmayd Professor of Law on February 25, 2013. His lecture was titled “The Law of the World.”

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