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Justice Clarence Thomas Featured Speaker at YLSA of Washington, D.C., Annual Dinner

On June 28, close to 300 Yale Law School alumni, current students, admitted students, and their guests gathered at the National Press Club for the YLSA of Washington, D.C.’s annual dinner. The evening began with a reception, followed by pre-dinner remarks by Dean Robert Post ’77, who provided guests with an update on the Law School, including a description of the Law School’s newest faculty members.

After dinner, YLSA of D.C. Steering Committee co-chair Samuel Davidoff ’03 welcomed alumni and their guests and introduced the guest speaker, Clarence Thomas ’74, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Justice Thomas gave a heartfelt talk, filled with humor and insight, and then opened the floor to questions. Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs Toni Hahn Davis ’92 LLM noted that, “Everyone really seemed to have a wonderful time, gathering with their YLS friends and having the unique opportunity to hear and speak with Justice Thomas,” who lingered long after the event to personally greet graduates and their guests.

Attendees included graduates from every decade, including many recent graduates and summer associates. In some cases, there were real class “mini-reunions,” including the Justice’s own Class of ’74, members of which joined him on the dais for a class picture.