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Barry Bryan '55

He may be retired from practicing corporate law and from his position as presiding partner of Debevoise & Plimpton, but Barry Bryan is still very much engaged with Yale Law School.

From nearly four decades of interviewing YLS students for positions with his firm, to heading the reunion gift committee for his last three class reunions and serving as member and chair of the Yale Law School Fund Board, Bryan relishes his ongoing relationship with YLS.

“When I think of my time as a silent-generation law student,” Bryan laughs, “I remember that first anxiety-filled term. But I soon realized that I had stumbled into the Golden Age of Yale Law School (only the first, it turns out), with people like Grant Gilmore, Fritz Kessler, Boris Bittker, and J. W. Moore teaching me how to make a noise like a lawyer – and so much more that I was scarcely aware of at the time.  My horizons were expanded exponentially.”

He continues, “After graduation I had the good fortune to join a firm with deep Yale connections.  One of my great joys each fall was coming to New Haven to interview law students, who were more talented and brilliant every year.  This body of Yale-trained lawyers has been a major contributor to the unique character of Debevoise & Plimpton.”
“Since retirement I have worked with two extraordinary deans and many dedicated alums on the important business of financing the YLS enterprise,” Bryan says.  “I am constantly reminded of what a unique institution it is, commanding the loyalty and enthusiasm of its graduates.  This affection was evidenced at our 50th reunion, when my class set the record for reunion gifts, and retired the participation jersey with 100% of the class contributing.”