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Winter 2012 E-Newsletter

In This Issue

  • Supreme Court Ruling Cites Amicus Brief Written by YLS Ethics Bureau Students
  • Michael Wishnie '93 Named William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law
  • Three From Yale Law and Two Nursing Students Awarded Gruber Global Justice and Women's Rights Fellowships
  • "Accessing Justice, Rationing Law" the Focus of March 1-2 Liman Colloquium
  • Alumni Events
  • Student Organization News
  • Update Your Contact Info

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Yale Law School News

Supreme Court Ruling Cites Amicus Brief Written by YLS Ethics Bureau Students

An Alabama death-row inmate who lost his chance to appeal his murder conviction because his attorneys essentially abandoned him will now get that chance thanks, in part, to a meticulously researched amicus brief filed by students in the Ethics Bureau at Yale Law School. The U.S. Supreme Court cited the brief in a lengthy footnote to its Jan. 18 ruling in favor of Cory Maples in the case, Maples v. Thomas. The Ethics Bureau was established at the Law School last spring. More...

Michael Wishnie '93 Named William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law

Michael Wishnie '93, a clinical professor of law at Yale Law School and director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO), has been named the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
"Throughout the country, Mike Wishnie is regarded as a pathbreaking clinical professor," said Dean Robert Post '77. "Mike offers cutting-edge reconceptualizations of the lawyer's role. He teaches our students how to link structural legal change to community empowerment." More...

Three From Yale Law and Two Nursing Students Awarded Gruber Global Justice and Women's Rights Fellowships

Two Yale Law School students, a recent Yale Law School graduate, and two Yale School of Nursing students have been named recipients of Gruber Global Justice and Women's Rights Fellowships for 2012-2013. Erin George '12 YSN, Amanda Gutierrez '12, Becca Heller '10, Stephanie Keene '12, and Nichole Trumper '12 YSN will each spend a year working on projects that help to promote global justice or women's rights. More...

"Accessing Justice, Rationing Law" the Focus of March 1-2 Liman Colloquium

The Fifteenth Annual Arthur Liman Colloquium, "Accessing Justice, Rationing Law," will be held at Yale Law School on March 1-2, 2012. This year's Colloquium will take up an overarching question for the twenty-first century: how can courts respond to the demand for their services? The issues include providing adequate representation to criminal defendants, the right to "civil Gideon" for people unable to afford lawyers, and what role, if any, alternative processes and new kinds of courts may play in addressing these challenges. Joining the conversation will be current and former chief justices from several states as well as scholars, students, practitioners, and many of our Liman Fellows. More...

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

February 29 — Yale Law School Association of New England and Yale Club of Boston present a talk and book signing with Amy Chua, John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law and author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Professor Chua's witty and provocative memoir in extreme parenting, published last year, ignited a firestorm of debate across the nation.

March 13 — Yale Law School Association of PenJerDel will host a discussion of "The Constitutional Struggle over Health Care Reform" with Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Yale Law School.

March 23 — YLS Center for the Study of Corporate Law hosts its annual Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable at Yale Law School.

March 28 — Yale Law School Association of Houston, Texas, presents a talk about Representing Justice: Invention, Controversy, and Rights in City-States and Democratic Courtrooms, a book by YLS Professors Judith Resnik and Dennis Curtis '66.
What makes a building a court? What makes a court "democratic"? This event will explore — via images cutting across centuries and continents — the disjuncture between ancient practices of adjudication and today's courts.

March 29-30 — Yale Law School Association Executive Committee Gathering

May 4 — Yale Law School Association of New York City Annual Luncheon

For more information about these events and more, please check out the Alumni web page. And don't forget to save the date for Alumni Weekend 2012, which will take place October 19-21, 2012. For a glimpse of some of the events that might be in store during the upcoming reunion, check out the new video synopsis of Alumni Weekend 2011.


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 Environmental Law Association Conference

The Yale Environmental Law Association invites alumni to the second annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference: [Re]Claiming Accountability, taking place February 25 at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. This year's conference challenges the meanings and mechanisms behind environmental accountability – from the local to the global, from litigation and regulation to market-based opportunities and norm-shifting movements. The conference will feature a keynote speech by California Air Resource Board Chairman Mary Nichols '71, as well as a dynamic panel conversation and three workshop sessions. The conference will bring together leading environmental law practitioners, policymakers, and scholars from around the country. Conference information and registration is online. For additional information, please contact Sarah Langberg.

OutLaws Alumni Banquet

On March 24, OutLaws will host a banquet to honor Judge J. Paul Oetken '91, and to reunite LGBT alumni with current students. Please contact Joshua Rosenthal '13 if you are interested in attending or would like more information.

States, Minds, and States of Mind: Mental Health as a Human Right — Spring 2012 Symposium

Access to healthcare, equal treatment, and justice for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities is one of the most under-explored areas of contemporary human rights advocacy. The Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal's spring 2012 symposium, "States, Minds, and States of Mind: Mental Health as a Human Right," will examine domestic, foreign, and international law and policy in the area of mental health, viewing the intersection of human rights and mental health in several contexts, including criminal justice, immigration and asylum, civil conflict and political violence, and disability rights. The symposium, which will take place from March 23 to 24, will feature a keynote address by Eric Rosenthal, Founder and Executive Director of Mental Disability Rights International. Registration for the event is now open. For more information, please contact Symposium Director David Lebowitz '12.

LLSA to Host Seventh Annual Public Service Award Dinner

On March 31, 2012, the Latino Law Students' Association will honor Rachel Moran '81, Dean of UCLA Law School, with the LLSA Public Service Award. This will be the seventh year LLSA has presented the award to a Latino alumnus or Latina alumna to recognize his or her distinguished record of public service and leadership. Dean Moran will receive the award during the annual LLSA Public Service Award Dinner in New Haven. Details on the event will be available on the LLSA website, and alumni interested in attending should email Brian Bombassaro '12.

Join YLS Career Connections Today!

We welcome all alumni to join YLS Career Connections, our alumni mentoring network of more than 1,800 alumni willing to provide career advice to students and alumni of Yale Law School. To join, please contact Christine Severson in the Career Development Office at or 203 432-1692.

Current mentors, we thank you for your past participation and invite you to update your Career Snapshot at To log in, use your Yale NetID and hit the "Forgot Password" button so a new password will be generated for you. If you do not know your Yale NetID, please contact Christine Severson at or 203 432-1692.


Alumni Affairs Welcomes Stephen Ackley-Ortiz

Stephen Ackley-Ortiz '02 has recently joined the Law School's Alumni Affairs Office as Director of Alumni Affairs. Stephen previously worked as a Major Gifts Officer and later as Director of Principal Gifts in the Law School's Development Office before serving as Assistant Dean for Development at NYU School of Law. As a member of the Yale Law School Alumni Affairs Office, Stephen will be involved in organizing alumni events and working with alumni groups.

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 at a Friday, March 30 meeting. New members will begin their terms on July 1, 2012. If you are interested in being considered for the Committee, please email us and attach a copy of a brief bio or call 203 432-1690 by Wednesday, February 29. We think you'll enjoy it!

Upcoming Conferences

The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School is hosting its Global Censorship Conference on March 30 through April 1, 2012. Panels will address old and new forms of censorship, the technical architecture of censorship, case studies of censorship, technical and legal solutions to the problems of censorship, and new topics. This conference is sponsored by the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, through the generosity of Thomson Reuters.
More information about other upcoming Yale Law School conferences can be found on the Conferences web page.



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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 between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Dean Robert Post '77 about faith, globalization, security, and constitutional reform. Also new is a video of Dean Post and Professor Jack Balkin discussing Dean Post's newest book Democracy, Expertise, Academic Freedom: A First Amendment Jurisprudence for the Modern State.

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