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Fall 2011 E-Newsletter

Yale Law School E-Newsletter

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yale Law School News

Alumni Weekend 2011 –
"Human Rights in a Turbulent World"

Alumni Weekend is fast approaching–and the deadline for regular registration is just about a week away. If you haven't registered already, you can do so online now.

This year's reunion weekend will take place in New Haven on 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. Panels will be devoted to the theme "Human Rights in a Turbulent World."A full schedule of events along with details such as hotel information is posted on the Alumni Weekend website.

Harry Wellington Memorial Service Scheduled for November 13

A memorial service for Yale Law School Sterling Professor Emeritus Harry H. Wellington will be held Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m. in Yale Law School's Levinson Auditorium. Wellington, a constitutional law and labor law scholar and former Dean of both Yale Law School and New York Law School, died August 8, 2011. He was 84.

"Harry Wellington was as good a scholar, teacher, and dean as the Yale Law School has ever had. He was also a wonderful person and a dear, dear friend,"said Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law Guido Calabresi '58, whose deanship of Yale Law School succeeded Wellington's.  More…

Yale Information Society Project and
Thomson Reuters Launch New Initiative

Yale Law School and Thomson Reuters recently established the Thomson Reuters Initiative on Law and Technology at the Yale Information Society Project (ISP), which will foster research and intellectual community in the burgeoning area of information law. The initiative is made possible by a generous grant from Thomson Reuters.

Administered by the ISP, the initiative includes the selection of two Thomson Reuters fellows who will work closely with Yale faculty and staff studying cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, technology and media; funding for workshops, a speaker series, and a conference focusing on these issues; and support for the leadership of the ISP.  More

Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation Coming to
Yale Law School November 14

The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian nation in the United States, will be sitting at Yale Law School on November 14, 2011. The arguments will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Yale Law School auditorium, and the public is welcome to attend.  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.

"Bookmark" the YLS Alumni Events web page or subscribe to the Events RSS feed so that you can get details of these–and other–alumni events as the plans evolve.

Student Organization News

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.

YLPR's Judicial Politics Conference to Take Place
October 22

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Yale Law and Policy Review will host a conference on the theme "Judicial Politics."  Join leading researchers, judges, practitioners, and policymakers for a one-day conference discussing the intersections of the judiciary and the political sphere.  The conference will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Law School from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Kasdin Miller.

Conference on the Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law by President Bill Clinton '73 in 1994. Drafted by the office of then Senator Joe Biden, VAWA represented one of the greatest advancements for the civil rights of women in the United States. Recognizing that VAWA comes due this year for reauthorization by Congress, the Yale Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society, Yale Law Women, and the Yale Law Journal will host a conference on VAWA on October 28 and 29, 2011. Professor Victoria Nourse, who was heavily involved in the writing of VAWA, will offer the keynote address, and the conference will feature such speakers as Dean Larry Sager of University of Texas Law School and Lynn Hecht Schafran of Legal Momentum. Please contact Yannick Morgan '12 for more information.

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

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.  For more information, please contact Symposium Director David Lebowitz.

LLSA to Host Seventh Annual Public Service Award Dinner

This spring, the Latino Law Students Association will host its seventh annual Public Service Award Dinner, at which LLSA will honor an alumnus who has distinguished him or herself as an outstanding public service leader. Once determined, the date and venue will be available on the LLSA website. In the meantime, alumni interested in nominating a candidate, sponsoring the event, or attending the event should email Brian Bombassaro '12.

OutLaws to Host Spring Reunion for Alumni and Current Students

OutLaws is planning an event for the spring to reunite LGBT alumni with current students.  Please contact Joshua Rosenthal '13 if you are interested in attending or would like more information.

Career Development News

Summary of the 5th Year Career Development Survey:
Classes 2001-2005

Starting with the Class of 1996, the Career Development Office (CDO) has solicited information from each class five years after its Law School graduation. In addition, CDO has compiled aggregate reports to show trends over five years. The first aggregate survey created in 2005 reported on the Classes of 1996-2000. CDO is pleased to announce the release of a second aggregate report presenting a summary of the data collected from the Classes of 2001-2005. Please view the full report on the CDO website.

Also of Note

Jobs at YLS

There are a number of fellowship and job opportunities available at YLS. The Law School is currently looking for a new Director of International Programs and an Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs. More opportunities will be announced in the coming months. Please check the YLS Employment & Fellowship Opportunities page and the Job Posting Resources page for more information.

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 14. More information and application materials are available on the YLS Post-Graduate Fellowships page.

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Videos and Podcasts of Recent Lectures

Recent additions to the Law School's streaming video and podcast collections include an inaugural lecture by Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law Richard Brooks titled "Circles and Lines: Law, Economics and Skepticism."  Also new are video commentaries by Sterling Professor of Law Akhil Amar '84 on controversial proposed election changes in Pennsylvania and by Professor Jonathan Macey '82 on insider trading.

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