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Summer 2011 E-Newsletter

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Yale Law School News

Commencement 2011: 229 Degree Candidates Honored

They were in the equivalent of the seventh inning on Monday, May 23, when 229 Yale Law School degree candidates saw their commencement ceremonies called on account of rain.
The announcement of graduate degree candidates — 26 Master of Laws (LL.M.), 6 Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.), and 1 Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) — was held outside. But due to the large number of J.D. degrees (196) and with the rain threatening, those announcements were postponed and read later inside the building.
Speakers included Dean Robert Post '77 and Sterling Professor Emeritus Guido Calabresi '58. Also speaking were two retiring faculty members: Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law Drew Days '66 and Sterling Professor of Law Owen Fiss. A full video of Commencement is now available online, as are photos of Commencement.  More…

Gruber Foundation at Yale Will Support Global Justice and Women's Rights Initiatives at the Law School

Philanthropists Patricia and Peter Gruber and Yale University President Richard C. Levin have announced the formation of the Gruber Foundation at Yale University, which will include among its three major initiatives the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women's Rights at Yale Law School. This program will support the Law School's annual Global Constitutionalism Seminar and establish the Gruber Distinguished Global Justice and Women's Rights Lectures and the Gruber Global Justice and Women's Rights Fellowships. The other initiatives that will be supported by the Gruber Foundation at Yale are the Gruber Prizes and the Young Scientists Awards; and the Gruber Science Fellowship Program at Yale.  More…

Alumni Weekend 2011 – "Human Rights in a Turbulent World"

Mark your calendars now for Alumni Weekend in New Haven on November 4-6, 2011. All YLS alumni are invited to attend, and classes ending in 1s and 6s will be celebrating reunions with Saturday dinners, Sunday brunches, and other special activities. Panels will be devoted to the theme "Human Rights in a Turbulent World." For more information, visit the Alumni Weekend 2011 website.

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Alumni Events

Regional groups across the U.S. have a variety of upcoming events planned for area alums, summer associates, admitted students, and recent graduates.  From Chicago to Boston to New York City to Washington, DC, to Los Angeles, Portland, and San Francisco, there will be theater events, dinner talks by local area alums, happy hours, faculty talks, and basketball and baseball games. Listed below are some of the events that the Alumni Office has planned for the next few months. Please visit the YLS Alumni Events web page for full details on these and other events and for information about how to RSVP.

Upcoming Events

June 14YLS Center for the Study of Corporate Law Breakfast in NYC

Yale Law School's Center for the Study of Corporate Law will host an alumni breakfast program in New York titled "The Gap between States' Fiscal Obligations and their Funding and What to Do About It?" The program will be held at The Century Association, 7 West 43rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) from 8-9 am.

June 16The Yale Law School's 2nd Constitutional Law Breakfast in D.C.

Linda Greenhouse '78 MSL, Senior Research Scholar in Law, the Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence, and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, will moderate what is sure to be a lively discussion among our three panelists: Martin S. Lederman '88, Professor, Georgetown Law School, Washington, DC; Andrew J. Pincus ('77 BA), Clinical Visiting Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School and Partner, Mayer Brown, Washington, DC; and Paul M. Smith '79, Partner, Jenner & Block, Washington, DC.

June 21Cheer on the Los Angeles Sparks

Please join (along with your family and friends!) other YLS alumni, current students, and admitted students to cheer on the Los Angeles Sparks. Co-owner Carla Christofferson '92 will stop by to say hello during a private reception for YLS alumni and friends before the game.

July 14 Anything Goes in NYC!

The Yale Law School Association of New York City cordially invites you to attend our latest theater event, the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Cole Porter's brassy and iconic musical, Anything Goes. Also planned is a talkback with two Law School graduates with long and deep involvement in American musical theater—John Weidman '74, and Robert Kimball '67. We have reserved a block of discounted tickets for the 8 pm performance on July 14 at the Stephen Sondheim Theater.

Questions? Please call 203 432-1690 or email the Alumni Affairs Office at

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 at

Yale Law Women Seeks Alumnae Mentors for Summer 2011

Once again this year, Yale Law Women is coordinating the YLW Summer Mentoring Program, and would be deeply grateful for YLS alumnae to participate as mentors. YLW's goal is to match alumnae and students who have similar interests and will be living in the same city this summer, in the hope that each mentor-mentee pair can meet in person on a few occasions (or correspond by email or over the phone).
If you are willing to share your experiences and advice about legal careers, clerkships, academia, fellowships, career transitions, excelling at law school, or anything else, please contact Tracy Nowski '13, Chair of YLW, at

Yale Law Journal Alumni Receptions in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, DC

In July, The Yale Law Journal will be holding three receptions for its alumni and current editors. The events will take place in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, DC, on the following dates:

• San Francisco, Monday, July 25, from 6-8 pm
• New York City, Wednesday, July 27, from 7-9 pm
• Washington, DC, Thursday, July 28, from 6-8 pm

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 Julie Wang '12, Volume 121 Executive Development Editor, at


Law Teaching

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Jobs at YLS

There are a number of fellowship and job opportunities available at YLS. The Law School is currently looking for a new Dean's Fellow and more opportunities will be announced in the coming months. 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 an inaugural lecture by Professor John Fabian Witt '99 on "Lincoln's Code: The Puzzling History of the Laws of War." Other recent additions to the collection include a lecture by Professor Stephen Carter '79 titled "Is Civility Important?" and a book discussion with Professor Michael Graetz about his new book, The End of Energy: the Unmaking of America's Environment, Security, and Independence.

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