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Winter 2011 E-Newsletter

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yale Law School News

Professor Daniel Esty '86 Named Commissioner of Connecticut's Newly Fused Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Yale Law School Professor Daniel C. Esty '86 has been named by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy as commissioner of the state's newly consolidated Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

Governor Malloy made the appointment on Feb. 10, saying, "I am glad that Dan Esty has agreed to accept this challenge...His experience advising private companies and the President of the United States, coupled with his knowledge of environmental law and policy is second-to-none, and I know this new department will be on the cutting edge of environmental and energy policy with Dan at the helm." More...

Professor Paul Gewirtz Meets with President Obama on U.S.-China Summit

President Barack Obama held an unusual 75-minute meeting with Professor Paul Gewirtz in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 14 to discuss the summit meeting between Obama and China's President Hu Jintao held on January 19.

Gewirtz, the Potter Stewart Professor of Constitutional Law and director of The China Law Center, was one of five people invited to confer with the President on human rights and other reforms in China, and to offer advice for the summit. More...

Memorial Service for Professor Morris Cohen to Take Place May 1

Yale Law School Professor Emeritus and Librarian Emeritus Morris L. Cohen, who directed two of the world's most esteemed academic law libraries, passed away on December 18, 2010, at his home in New Haven. He was 83.

Cohen was one of the towering figures of late 20th century law libraries and among the foremost legal bibliographers in the United States, as well as a beloved teacher and mentor. He was a Professor of Law and director of the law library at Yale Law School from 1981 until his retirement in 1991, when he became Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law.

A memorial service for Cohen will be held on May 1 at the Law School. More details will be available on the YLS website later this spring.

Upcoming Conferences

Liman Colloquium on March 3-4 Will Examine Cooperation and Disagreement in Pursuit of Social Justice

The Fourteenth Annual Arthur Liman Colloquium, "Collaboration, Cooperation, and Confrontation: (En)Countering Disagreement in Pursuit of Social Justice," will be held at Yale Law School on March 3-4, 2011. Current and former members of the executive and legislative branches will join advocates to examine their respective roles in serving the public interest. Topics include enabling access to justice, responding to environmental disasters, facilitating or discouraging migration, and encounters with the criminal justice system.

From Mad Men to Mad Bots: Advertising in the Digital Age

The Information Society Project will host a conference on advertising in the digital age on March 25-26, 2011. An unusual constellation of business leaders, scholars, activists, and regulators will explore issues surrounding the use of new technologies in advertising. How do the new technologies and new business models of advertising work, and how should they change the way we understand media? What do these developments mean for the online privacy debate, and for the special case of youth-oriented media? How do the new advertisements change our self-perceptions and our social behavior online? And how should regulators react?

Corporate Law Center Offers Full Slate of Spring Lectures and Panels

The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law is readying for a spring program full of events including lectures, career panels, the Chirelstein Colloquium, and the Bert Wasserman Workshop.

On Friday April 1, 2011, the Center for the Study of Corporate Law is co-sponsoring with the Yale Law and Business Society and the Yale Journal on Regulation, the Weil, Gotshal and Manges Roundtable on Assessing Dodd-Frank. The daylong program will consist of four panels of scholars, legal practitioners, members of the financial community and policymakers, focusing on the following core questions: (1) where are we in the financial crisis?; (2) what is the impact of Dodd-Frank on financial institutions?; (3) how should we manage the collapse in housing and the securitized mortgage market?; and (4) what are the implications of the housing crisis for an economic recovery? A number of the presentations will be published in the fall issue of the Yale Journal on Regulation.

Bernstein Symposium to Take Place April 7-8

Each spring, the Bernstein Fellowship Program convenes a symposium, which includes a series of workshops and other events designed to promote thoughtful, creative discourse on international human rights. Past and current fellows return to Yale Law School to speak with students and each other about the challenges of human rights advocacy, and leading activists and scholars in the field join in discussions exploring effective approaches to the defense of human rights.

This year's symposium will take place on April 7-8, 2011, and will address the topic of "Human Rights in 2025." Panelists will consider areas that are representative of both the promise of progress in human rights and the obstacles to progress.

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Upcoming Alumni Events

"Bookmark" the YLS Alumni Events webpage for details of alumni events as plans evolve. Here are some of the events that the Alumni Office has planned for the next few months:

  • February 26, 2011 - Co-hosted by the Yale Law School Association of Southern California, Yale Latino Alumni Association, Yale Alumni Association, Yale Club of Los Angeles, and UCLA Law School. A panel discussion entitled "Education & Citizenship: El Sueño Americano (The American Dream)."
  • March 3, 2011 - Yale Law School Association of Southern California (San Diego) with Dean Robert Post
  • March 8, 2011 - Yale Law School Constitutional Law Breakfast in New York "Regulation Institutions: The Downtown Mosque" panel with Stephen L. Carter '79, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Robert C. Ellickson '66, Walter E. Meyer Professor of Property and Urban Law, Yale Law School; and Patrick Weil, Maurice R. Greenberg Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • March 9, 2011 - Yale Law School Association of Washington, DC - Bruce Ackerman '67, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale Law School
  • March 10, 2011 - Yale Law School Association of New England Discussion with Dean Maureen O'Rourke '90
  • April 7 & 8, 2011 - Yale Law School Association Executive Committee Meeting at YLS
  • April 11, 2011 - Yale Law School Association of Southern California L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art Tour
  • April 17, 2011 - Yale Law School Association of Southern California Annual Stanley Tobin '58 Memorial. Guest Speaker - Ian Ayres '86, William K. Townsend Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • April 25, 2011 - Yale Law School Association of PenJerDel John Witt '99, Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960 Professor of Law, Yale Law School

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

Save the Date:

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

BLSA Dinner Honoring James A. Thomas '64

The Fourth Annual Black Law Students Association Alumni Reception and Dinner honoring Associate Dean James A. Thomas '64, Jack B. Tate Senior Fellow and Decanal Adviser to the Yale Law School, will be held Saturday, April 2, 2011. Cocktails will be at 6:00 pm with dinner served at 7:00 pm at the Omni Hotel. To RSVP, please email by March 7. For questions, please contact the BLSA Alumni Committee.

PANA and SALSA Dinner Honoring Neal Katyal '95

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 at 7:30 pm. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal '95 is scheduled to be the guest of honor. Interested alumni should contact for more information.

Career Development News

Visit the CDO Alumni Webpage

CDO encourages alumni to visit the alumni web page, which provides links to resources as well as 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 203 432-1676 or emailing

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' more than 1800 members can be searched by name, area of expertise, employer type, geographic location, and more.

CDO Alumni Webinar Series: Post-Graduate Fellowships

Friday, March 11, 2011 from 12:10-1:00 pm EST
RSVP Date: Monday, March 7, 2011

Join CDO Directors Jeanine Dames and Akua Akyea for a discussion about various academic and public interest fellowships, as well as tips on applying as a graduate. If you are interested in participating live in this online program, please RSVP to and type "yes to alumni online seminar" in the subject line. Prior alumni webinars are available for view on the CDO Alumni Webpage.

Of Special Note

YLSA Executive Committee

Are you interested in becoming a member of the YLSA Executive Committee? Executive Committee members serve a three-year term, and are invited to meetings in New Haven each spring and fall. The Committee serves as an informal alumni sounding board, and is a very interesting way to reconnect with YLS and other alumni and learn more about YLS today. More details about the Committee can be found on the Alumni web pages. The new Executive Committee members will be selected by some of the current Executive Committee members at an April 8 meeting. New members will begin their terms on July 1, 2011. If you are interested in being considered for the Committee, would like to recommend a classmate or YLS friend, or just want more information about it, please email us or call 203 432 1690 by Thursday, March 17. We think you'll enjoy it!

Stay Connected

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.

Videos and Podcasts of Recent Lectures

Recent additions to the Law School's streaming video and podcast collections include inaugural lectures by Professors Jean Koh Peters and Douglas Kysar. Professor Bruce Ackerman '67 discusses his newest book, The Decline and Fall of the American Republic. Professor Reva Siegel '86 and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence Linda Greenhouse '78 MSL discuss their work on Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling.

Other highlights include Professors Peter Schuck and Akhil Amar '84 debating birthright citizenship, and former acting assistant attorney general Dawn Johnsen '86 speaking on reproductive rights, torture, the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, and the confirmation process.

Yale Law School on Social Networking Sites

Join YLS on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

NYC and Washington, DC alums: Check out our new subgroups on LinkedIn to help you connect with other alumni/ae in your city!

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

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