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Alumni Weekend 2010

Almost 900 YLS alums and their guests returned to the Law School for Alumni Weekend 2010 on October 8-10, to see classmates and other Law School friends. The theme for the Weekend, “2010: A Weekend Odyssey Exploring Science and Law,” allowed for lively (and packed!) panel discussions about science and the three branches of government, the CSI effect, the next technological revolution, privacy and technology, and environmental law. On Friday afternoon, after alums had a chance to attend a Student Activity Fair with more than 20 student groups, everyone headed to an All Alumni Reception and Dinner in Commons, followed by a coffee and dessert medley which gave people a chance to catch up with each other well into the evening.

Saturday morning kicked off with a matching breakfast, where almost 140 students and alumni were paired after completing surveys about their career and non-career interests. At the All Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, the Yale Law School Association's Award of Merit was given to four members of the Class of 1969 who have been environmental leaders throughout their careers and were instrumental in the founding of the Natural Resources Defense Council: Richard Ayres ’69, John Bryson ’69, James Gustave Speth ’69, and Edward Strohbehn Jr. ’69. Fittingly, alums had a chance to tour Kroon Hall after the tour, the new home of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies which has LEED platinum certification.

Throughout the weekend individual classes had special activities ranging from memorials to remember class members, to panel discussions, to a volunteer project painting light posts on the New Haven Green. On Saturday night and Sunday morning, reunion classes were spread out around town for their festive class reunion dinners and brunches. The picture perfect weather provided a great backdrop for events throughout the weekend.

For those of you who want to remember the Weekend, and for those who were unable to attend and want to get a sense of what occurred, please take a look at the terrific photo gallery and streaming videos: www.law.yale.edu/alumni/aw10media.htm

We look forward to welcoming all graduates to Alumni Weekend 2011 on November 4-6. Please mark your calendars now! It isn’t too early to make your plans.

Toni Davis, Associate Dean