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Yale Law School Alumni Association Honored for Excellence in Programming

In its second year of recognizing superior performance by various Yale alumni groups, the Association of Yale Alumni (AYA) has selected Yale Law School’s Alumni Association (YLSA) to receive its 2011 Outstanding G&P School Award, part of its Board of Governors Excellence Awards. The award is given to the graduate and professional school alumni association that exhibits overall excellence in programming, including a successful mix of educational, cultural, athletic, social, and community service programming. The Law School shared this year’s G&P award with the Yale School of Management alumni association. 

John R. Firestone ’85 (center, photo left), president of the YLSA, accepted the award at the AYA Assembly Nov. 18 in New Haven. YLSA was noted “for hosting events that have continually been successful and differ in disciplinary focus and geographic location.”

“We are all thrilled and delighted that our Alumni Association has won this award,” said Toni Davis ’92 LLM, Associate Dean for Alumni and Public Affairs and Graduate Programs at Yale Law School. “All of our alumni volunteers work very hard to make the YLSA events varied, interesting and extremely successful.”

The YLSA has about 15 active regional associations that plan and implement approximately 40 events each year in a wide variety of locations around the country. Among the regional activities this year were a breakfast panel discussion in Washington, D.C. with former New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse ’78 MSL on the recent Supreme Court term; an outing in New York City to see the musical “Anything Goes”; a discussion with law enforcement officials in Boston about the 1990 thefts from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; trips to see the WNBA Sparks play in Los Angeles and the Red Sox play at Fenway; a mid-summer cocktail party on Martha’s Vineyard; a community service project at a homeless shelter in Minneapolis; and a reception in San Francisco highlighting the partnership between Yale Law students and the San Francisco City Attorney’s office. Other activities included a three-day trip to Geneva in the summer of 2010 and the annual and extremely popular Alumni Weekend, which draws close to 1,000 alumni and guests to campus each fall.