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Alumni Weekend 2007— 21st Century Democracy: Elections, Media, Politics

The Yale Law School community of alumni, faculty, and friends will gather October 12-14 for Alumni Weekend 2007. All are invited, not just those celebrating a reunion this year.  Renew old friendships and make new ones during a weekend that will be filled with stimulating events and heartwarming experiences, including remembrances of Jane Bolin ’31 and Pauli Murray ’65 J.S.D. and presentation of the YLSA Award of Merit to Linda Greenhouse ’78 M.S.L., Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. 

A lineup of provocative panel discussions Friday and Saturday will provide a fresh opportunity, as our national election approaches, to understand how 21st century democracy grapples with such issues as race, elections, the growing gap between rich and poor, and the uses of new media.

Among the many distinguished guests taking part in the panel discussions are Charlie Savage ’03 M.S.L., national legal affairs correspondent for The Boston Globe and a 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for his work on presidential signing statements; Jeff Berman ’96, general manager for video and senior vice president for public affairs at MySpace.com; Nina Perales, Southwest regional counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); Jeff Greenfield ’67, senior political correspondent for CBS News; Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times; and Myron H. Thompson ’72, U. S. district court judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

An interactive event Friday evening hosted by Stanford Law Professor Pamela Karlan ’84 promises to be one of the more entertaining portions of the weekend.  Attendees will be invited to participate in The Polling Game, “voting on the hot issues of the day and playing pundit on the outcome.”  With her renowned wit and outstanding teaching skills—she was voted this year’s Commencement speaker by the Class of 2007—Professor Karlan will no doubt get Alumni Weekend 2007 off to a rollicking start.

A student-alumni breakfast planned for Saturday morning will once again allow graduates and current students to interact. Alumni may choose to mingle with their classmates and/or be matched with current students to talk about common interests. If you are interested in being matched, please visit the breakfast connections web page and fill out a short survey.

Detailed information about the weekend’s activities, along with registration and lodging information and a complete schedule of events, can be found on the Alumni Weekend web pages. 

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Branch in the Alumni Affairs Office, 203-432-1690.