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Alumni Weekend 2011

Dear Friends,

Almost 900 YLS alums and their guests returned to the Law School for Alumni Weekend 2011 on November 4-6 to see classmates and other Law School friends. The theme for the Weekend, "Human Rights in a Turbulent World," allowed for lively (and packed!) panel discussions on topics related to the theme, including the challenges to freedom of expression posed by hate speech and social networks, the tension between national security and human rights, and the responsibility of journalists and NGOs reporting on human rights. On Friday afternoon, alums had a chance to attend two panels, including one featuring current students discussing their own human rights projects, and a lively Student Activity Fair with more than 30 student organizations and journals. Everyone then headed to an All Alumni Reception and Dinner in Commons, followed by a relaxed coffee, beer, wine, 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 110 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 Judge Luzius Wildhaber '65 LLM, '68 JSD, former president of the European Court of Human Rights. (Read Judge Wildhaber's thank-you remarks here.)

Throughout the weekend individual classes had special activities ranging from a special 50th Class of 1961 Reunion reception and tour of the Neale and Margaret Albert Collection at the Yale Art Gallery to the Class of 1951 and 1956 reminiscence sessions to the Class of 1976 Jonathan Krane presentation: "YLS and Film -- Famous Movie Producer Discusses the Transition from Yale Educated Attorney to Hollywood Film Maker." 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 this wonderful 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 at http://www.law.yale.edu/alumni/aw11media.htm

We look forward to welcoming all graduates to Alumni Weekend 2012 on October 19-21. Please mark your calendars now! It isn't too early to make your plans.

Toni Davis, Associate Dean