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Summer 2010 E-Newsletter


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Greetings from New Haven! This summer issue of the alumni e-newsletter brings news from the Law School and information about career resources and upcoming events especially for alumni.

Yale Law School News

Commencement 2010

gradphoto A new class joined the ranks of Yale Law School alumni during Commencement exercises held May 24 in the Law School's Courtyard. In all, 222 degrees were conferred during this year's Commencement. Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law Guido Calabresi '58 officially presented Dean Robert Post '77 with the traditional maces, signifying his new deanship of the Law School. Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney Brett Dignam served as Commencement speaker and urged the graduates to periodically re-examine their lives and to strive to remain grounded. "Are you living your life, your professional life, in a way that reflects your core beliefs? If you are, revel in that. If you are not, make a change," she said. Peter Schuck, the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor Emeritus of Law, and Margaret H. Marshall '76, Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, also addressed the graduates. Photos and a video of  Commencement 2010 are now available on the YLS website.

Education Adequacy Project Wins Major Victory

The Education Adequacy Project at Yale Law School won a major victory in the Connecticut Supreme Court in March when the Court ruled in favor of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding in the case, CCJEF v. Rell. CCJEF, represented by Yale Law students, asserted in a complaint back in 2005 that the state's failure to adequately and equitably fund public schools had irreparably harmed thousands of schoolchildren. In oral arguments before the Court almost two years ago, clinic members, including YLS students David Noah '09 and Neil Weare '08, said Connecticut students had the right to, not just an education, but an adequate one.
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YLS Students Team with Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center to Aid Haitian Refugees

Florida Immigration Advocacy StudentsWith financial support from the Law School, six Yale Law School students spent their spring break at the Broward Transitional Center north of Miami conducting interviews with Haitian earthquake refugees, tracking down potential sponsors in the United States, and drafting letters to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers requesting that the refugees be released from detention.
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Yale Law Alumni—the Official LinkedIn Group for YLS Grads

linkedinThe Law School has recently created an official group for Yale Law School alumni on LinkedIn. The official group is called “Yale Law Alumni.” Join the group to display the YLS shield on your profile, participate in discussions with the group, and connect with individual group members.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Interesting alumni events are planned for the summer and fall.  Details will be posted on the Alumni website.
Upcoming events include:

• June 16 reception with Anita Hill '80
• August 24 Fenway Park tour, dinner, and a Red Sox Game
• June 30-July 2 A three day visit to international organizations and cultural institutions with Dean Post '77
Northern California
• June 17 book talk by Professor Ian Ayres '86
• July 8 happy hour for current students and recent graduates (classes of '07-'10)
New York
• June 22 reception with NYT columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin
Washington, D.C.
• June 24 Constitutional Law breakfast panel with Beth S. Brinkmann '85, Linda Greenhouse '78, M.S.L., Andrew J. Pincus, Dean Robert Post '77, and Paul M. Smith '79
• July 15 annual dinner with speaker Marian Wright Edelman '63
• July 21 happy hour
Martha's Vineyard
• August 12 cocktail party
• September 12 garden party 

Bookmark the YLS Alumni Events webpage, so that you can get details of these—and other—alumni events as the plans evolve.

Remember— Alumni Weekend will be held October 8-10, 2010. All YLS alumni are invited to attend, but classes ending in zeroes and fives will be celebrating reunions with Saturday dinners, Sunday brunches, and other special activities. In addition to opportunities to visit with classmates, faculty, and students at meals and receptions, the weekend will include five panels devoted to the theme of science and law.

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 Alumnae Events

Yale Law Women invites alumnae and current YLS students to upcoming events. For more information and RSVPs, or to be added to the Yale Law Women alumnae email distribution list for future YLW news and events, please contact Yale Law Women Alumnae Relations Chair Josephine Lau '12. Events planned for current students and Yale Law Women alumnae this summer include:
Washington, D.C.
July 25th brunch at the home of Nancy Garrison '73, Senior Appellate and Communications Counsel at the Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
New York City
Yale Law Women is planning alumnae events in NYC over the summer. For updates, or if you or your organization are interested in hosting a summer event, please contact YLW Alumnae Relations Chair Josephine Lau '12.

For updates and more information about Yale Law Women, please visit their website.

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YLS Links

Career Development Resources

Visit the CDO Alumni Webpage
CDO encourages alumni to visit their alumni webpage, which provides links to resources as well as general career advice for alumni on a variety of topics.  If you have specific questions about your individual job search strategy, please make an appointment to speak with a counselor in CDO by calling 203 432-1695. 

Join YLS Career Connections
Career Connections provides Yale Law graduates the opportunity to seek out fellow graduates who have offered to provide career-related advice. Career Connections members can be searched by name, area of expertise, employer type, geographic location, and more.

Update your contact info

Have you moved recently? Changed jobs? Please take a few minutes to update your contact information so that we can make sure that the Yale Law Report and other news from the Law School makes its way to you! You can update your contact information online. Directions and links are available here.

Yale Law School on Social Networking Sites

Join YLS on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

Address Changes: To change your mailing or email address, or to update other personal information, go to the online alumni directory.

Comments or Suggestions: Please send comments or suggestions to the editor. The YLS Alumni E-newsletter is published by the Yale Law School Office of Public Affairs.

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