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Fall 2010 E-Newsletter


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yale Law School News

Alumni Weekend 2010

Science and the law was the topic of discussion at this year's reunion, with panels devoted to government use (and misuse) of scientific information, Internet privacy, environmental law, the legal challenges of emerging technologies, and the impact of scientific developments on criminal investigations and criminal law. Alumni and their guests spent October 8-10 in New Haven, revisiting the halls and classrooms of the Sterling Law Building and reuniting during an all-alumni luncheon, class reunion dinners, and special Sunday morning brunches. The Yale Law School Association Award of Merit was awarded to four alumni who were instrumental to the founding of the Natural Resources Defense Council and have had distinguished careers focusing on environmental issues: Richard E. Ayres '69, Principal, Ayres Law Group; John E. Bryson '69, Retired Chairman & CEO, Edison International; J. Gustave Speth '69, Professor of Law, Vermont Law School, and former dean, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; and Edward L. Strohbehn, Jr. '69, Partner, Bingham McCutchen.

Photos and videos of Alumni Weekend 2010 are now available on the YLS website.
Save the Date! Alumni Weekend 2011 will take place November 4-6, 2011.

Federalist Society Chapter Flourishes

The Yale Federalist Society hosted 25 events last year, some jointly with Yale Law School's American Constitution Society, on topics including the War on Terror, the government bailout of the auto industry, the Establishment Clause, the relation of administrative agencies to the judiciary, and state constitutional law. The current school year got off to a rousing start September 7 with a talk by former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove titled "Resolved: Repeal Obamacare."
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Students Play Key Role in Historic Proposition 8 Marriage Case

A federal judge’s ruling in early August on same-sex couples' right to marry was welcome news to Yale Law School students involved in the case. The students had worked on Perry v. Schwarzenegger as part of their participation in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP) working with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office. SFALP co-founder and faculty advisor Heather Gerken, the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, said, “The students did an incredible amount of work on the case and often worked under intense timelines. But they were thrilled to do it. After all, how many law students get a chance to work on a case like this? Some people are calling it ‘the trial of the century.’ At the very least, this case seems destined for the history books, and I’m proud that our students were part of it.”
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Recent YLS Lectures, Debates, and Panel Discussions Available Online

Though you may be far from New Haven, we invite you to take a virtual seat in some of the recent lectures and other events held at the Law School. The YLS website includes an archive of podcasts and videos of lectures, discussions, and other events. Recent additions range from debates hosted by the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society to a video about student organizations at the Law School. You can also find YLS lectures on iTunes U and on YouTube.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

Interesting alumni events are planned for the winter. Details will be posted on the Alumni website.

Be sure to "bookmark" the YLS Alumni Events webpage for details of alumni events as plans evolve. And watch for information about an early November panel discussion in Southern California focusing on the state of play and future of independent film finance, co-sponsored with the Yale-in-Hollywood alumni group.

Other Alumni Events:

November 4 — Chicago Dinner with Judge David Hamilton '83, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Dinner will be held at the Chicago Yacht Club from 6-8 pm. (Registration deadline is October 28.)
Northern California
January 5 — AALS/Northern California Dinner at Restaurant LuLu in San Francisco.

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

It's never too early to start thinking about reunion! Next year's Alumni Weekend will be held 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.

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

Save the date! The Pacific Islander, Asian, and Native American Law Students Association (PANA) and South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) will be hosting an alumni dinner on Tuesday, May 3, 2011. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal '95 is scheduled to be the guest of honor. Interested alumni should contact for more information.

Career Development News

Calling all Law Teachers!
If you are a law professor and want to help aspiring professors in your area get ready for the teaching market, please join YLS Career Connections today by visiting the CDO website. (To access Career Connections, you must use Internet Explorer). In step 2 of the registration process, select position type: "professor (all types)" and for employer type check "academic institution." By registering, you'll make it possible for YLS students and graduates interested in law teaching to contact you and gain from your sage advice (you might even offer to telephone moot their job talk or take them out for coffee if they're in your area).
Career Connections provides Yale Law graduates the opportunity to seek out fellow graduates who have offered to provide career-related advice. Career Connections's more than 1,800 members can be searched by name, area of expertise, employer type, geographic location, and more.

CDO 2010-2011 Alumni Webinar Series Schedule
CDO will be hosting three interactive online seminars for alumni in the months ahead, continuing last year's theme of career transitions. Please note last year's three-part introductory series is available on the CDO alumni web page.
This year's programs are scheduled for the dates listed below, and each program will be taped and made available on the CDO alumni web page. If you are interested in participating in one or more of these programs, please RSVP to and type "yes to alumni online seminar" in the subject line.

1. Judicial Clerkships
Friday, December 10 (12:10-1:00 pm EST)
2. Preparing for an In-House Legal Position
Friday, January 21 (12:10-1:00 pm EST)
3. Post-Graduate Fellowships
Friday, March 11 (12:10-1:00 pm EST)

CDO Welcomes Akua Akyea
Akua Akyea joins YLS after nine years at Columbia Law School's Social Justice Initiatives – Center for Public Interest Law, where she directed several public interest summer programs. She has counseled students on both domestic and international public interest opportunities and on ways to incorporate pro-bono in corporate practice. Akua will work with students interested in public sector careers, including public interest, government, and post-graduate fellowships.

YLS Fellowship Opportunities
Yale Law School offers a number of post-graduate fellowships for alumni interested in pursuing careers in academia or in public interest law, in the United States and abroad. Some fellowships provide time for research and writing; others allow graduates to work in public interest positions with NGOs, international courts and tribunals, government agencies, and legal services organizations. Application deadlines vary; some are as early as November 1. More information and application materials are available on the Law School's website.

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