With the vibrant colors of the fall foliage as a backdrop, many BU Law alumni attended Reunion festivities this past weekend. If you didn’t make it, you missed some great events and unique networking opportunities that can be especially handy in this economy.
Events included a celebration & retirement dinner for beloved Law Professor Fran Miller (J.D. ’65); the Health Law Conference: “Naked on the Net? The Future of Health Privacy in the Information Technology Age;” the symposium “Legal Perspectives on Contemporary LGBT Issues”; the Alumni Awards lunch, where we recognized Senate hopeful and current state Attorney General Martha Coakley (LAW’79); and our signature event, an elegant Law Class Reception and Gala Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel.
For most of us, reunions evoke a host of memories –-returning to school from summer break, working with study groups, being ” on call” in class, studying for exams, graduating and finally becoming a lawyer. The passage of time often softens and enhances whatever our true experience may have been. Professor Ryckman’s relentless Socratic inquisition in class seems like an invaluable and motivating learning experience now. Never having enough time to read all the cases assigned while struggling to hold down a part time job or have a social life, now seems like ample preparation for the real world balancing act of a full-time job, family (immediate, blended and extended!) and whatever discretionary pleasures you manage to enjoy. Some of you left the Law School and stayed in touch with many classmates, faculty and even staff over the years since your graduation. Others of you left the School, got busy with life and have lost touch with the individuals in this community with whom you spent three intense years of your lives. I suspect that most of you are somewhere in the middle of this range of connection with BU Law. Remember that you can always stay connected with the BU Law community by coming to events during the year and by participating in the BU Connection.
I enjoyed seeing alums over the weekend, and look forward to greeting you at one of many future events. On Tuesday, October 27, for example, there is a panel discussion on Professor Linda McClain’s Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship.” Or perhaps you would be interested in becoming a mentor to our first-year students? Nov. 19 is our Student Alumni Mentor Program Kick-Off Reception. You will find a list of upcoming events later in the newsletter and all events are listed on the Web site.
I hope that you take advantage of the many opportunities to reestablish relationships and discover new networks of colleagues in this community. You are an important part of what makes Boston University School of Law the place it is today.
Cornell L. Stinson, J.D.
Development & Alumni Relations
In these economic times, it’s always great news to welcome your donations. In FY09 BU Law received cash gifts totaling $1,870,726 from 2,279 alumni and friends, despite the economy. Among other donations, Paul R. Sugarman (’54) and his wife pledged $100,000 to establish the Paul R. and Susan J. Sugarman Scholarship Fund, to provide annual scholarship awards to one or more students enrolled at the School of Law. Students also have started to benefit from another donation, the Judge Angelo G. Rossi Memorial Scholarship Fund, created by his widow in honor of the JD ’57 alum. The fund provides a $3,000 award based on financial need and/or academic merit, to a student with ties to the state of Rhode Island who demonstrated excellence in his or her chosen field of study and a commitment to serving the community. This scholarship was established in 2007 to honor Judge Rossi, who was appointed to the Rhode Island Family Court in 1974. Thanks to all who pledged this year, and keep it coming — many of our law students can’t do it without you.
A lecture by Class of 1966’s Irving Picard, the court-appointed trustee in the Bernard Madoff case in charge of trying to recover anything he can on behalf of the Ponzi scheme victims, has been canceled. He was scheduled to talk Nov. 12.
>>Read about Picard’s efforts in the 2009 Record.
With such items as Cape Cod getaways, Professor Beermann’s bartending skills and the Dean’s parking space up for bid, the Public Interest Project (PIP) Annual Auction Gala is the law school’s most highly attended fundraising event. For the past 17 years, proceeds from the PIP Auction have provided the grants necessary for BU Law students to accept unpaid summer positions with nonprofit, public interest or government organizations around the globe. In April, PIP once again welcomed the BU Law community to its live and silent auctions in the George Sherman Union Metcalf Ballroom, and raised more than $51,000. For an inside look at the event with PIP members Becca Hicks ('10) and Adrienne Bossi (’10), watch and listen to the PIP Auction slide show. And be sure to mark your calendars for the 2010 PIP Auction March 24, 2010 -- it' the most popular BU Law event of the year.
For more than a decade, the Mentor Program was designed as a means of connecting first-year students to School of Law alumni in the Boston area. Students assigned to local alumni benefit from the guidance and advice offered by individuals who understand, through firsthand experience, the issues and concerns students face. Participating alumni, with just modest investments of their time, get to maintain intimate contact with their law school, and have the warm satisfaction of having contributed to the comfort and education of future lawyers.
We have received a great response, but we still need mentors for about 60 more students. Mentors make a one-year commitment, beginning in students’ first semester of the first year through the first semester of their second year. Mentors may specify how many students they would like to be assigned. In November, mentors and students are invited to meet each other at the Kickoff Event hosted by the School of Law. It is Thursday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Barristers. Throughout the year, mentors are free to offer their mentees assistance in whatever way they choose, such as having lunch together, bringing your student to observe court proceedings, offer course guidance, do a mock interview, share your opinions about your field of law, and introduce them to colleagues.
If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor to one or more members of the Class of 2012, please fill out a Mentor Program Enrollment Form. If you have any questions about the Mentor Program please contact Erin Elwood in the Esdaile Alumni Office at 617.358.4873.
Be sure to check your mailboxes for the arrival of The Record and go online for news on the School’s IP program. You’ll find many timely stories in this year’s edition of The Record, including:
- An examination of the economic downturn from several interesting BU Law-related angles: a talk with Irving Picard (’66), the trustee appointed to liquidate the estate of Bernard Madoff; a story on Professor Tamar Frankel, whose prescient 2006 book Trust and Honesty: America’s Business Culture at a Crossroad suggested that the growing fraud and abuse of trust in this country could have a widespread impact on America’s economy and prosperity; and asked Con Hurley, director of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law, to share his observations on the economy;
- Michael Flaherty (’94) and his campaign to become mayor of Boston;
- Alumni assisting veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars;
- Cover story: a profile of Gary Locke (’75), the son of immigrant shopkeepers, who shared his remarkable journey to become the first Asian-American governor and secretary of commerce in U.S. history.
In our new IP publication, now available online, we talk about our strong and vibrant intellectual property law community, including:
- Acclaimed scholars Stacey Dogan, Wendy Gordon and Mike Meurer, who publish internationally and appear as keynote speakers and presenters at conferences worldwide;
- Professor Keith Hylton, an authority on antitrust law, who is examining the economic logic behind intellectual property law in his forthcoming book Laws of Creation: Property Rights in the World of Ideas, which he is co-writing with former BU Law Dean Ronald Cass;
- Health law scholar and Associate Professor Kevin Outterson, whose work focuses on global pharmaceutical markets, including the nexus between intellectual property law, access and innovation.
This publication is but a snapshot of how our students and graduates and faculty collaborate with the IP world, in disciplines including economics, health law and philosophy, to examine how IP affects the areas of business, culture and technology, and in print and online. We’re excited about this program, and want to tell the world about it in this and future IP publications.
BU Law continues to be recognized as a top-tier school in legal circles, both nationally and internationally. U.S. News & World Report ranked our health law program #4, our tax law program #6, our intellectual property law program #11 and the law school overall #20 out of 184 accredited law schools nationwide.
Our faculty is widely and consistently acclaimed for its teaching and scholarship — according to the soon-to-be-published Princeton Review: The Best 172 Law Schools 2010 Edition’s “Best Professors” category, we rank #3, and are #6 in Best Career Prospects. The Princeton Review is widely read by prospective and admitted students who are in the process of choosing the law school they will attend.
An excerpt on the faculty: BU’s “incredibly personable” professors “love to teach.” “They encourage debate and [a] thorough understanding of the material,” explains one student. They “put 150 percent into every single class” and in return “expect a lot out of you which makes you work harder.” Their “quirky teaching styles...make even tedious subjects interesting,” leading one professor to “sing to us about restitution to the tune of ‘SexyBack’ by Justin Timberlake,” says an impressed 1L. Not surprisingly, the faculty is “very approachable outside of the classroom,” and students find it “very refreshing to have such a small school feel at such a large university.”
And about the career prospects: “The Career Development Office is 'well organized' and 'friendly.'” Whatever career you want, “There is someone who can point you in the right direction.” “The best firms from New York and Boston” interview here, as do firms across the country “A number of students” secure “big law” jobs. “Even students who don’t finish in the top third” after the first year “have excellent chances of being recruited by the top firms in the Northeast.” “There is a strong sense of commitment to public interest law as well.”
This may be one reason why applications to BU Law were up 29 percent this year, compared with the national law school average increase of 6.5 percent. “We received more than 7,600 applications for 265 slots, allowing us to be even more selective in the admissions process,” said BU Law Dean Maureen O’Rourke.
Christine J. Engustian (‘84) named Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional >>View story
Kristopher Neil Austin ('03), Angela Gomes ('05), and Colin G. Van Dyke ('05) were named to the 2009 - 2010 Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leadership Program >>View press release
State Atty. General Martha Coakley ('79) interviewed in "Coakley Walks Fine Gender Line in Senate Race" on WBUR >>Hear Audio
Alumni weigh in on nanotechnology: Kevin Rollins (’09) and Achal Oza's (’09) coursework published >>View story
Charles Miller ('01) named partner at Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL >>View press release
Hon. Max H. Reicher ('30), one of BU Law's oldest alumni, passes away at 102 years old >>View press release
Stephen Rickard ('06) appointed assistant U.S. attorney >>View press release
Norman Gross (’69) publishes America’s Lawyer-Presidents, 2nd ed. >>View press release
Josh Kardisch ('84) co-founds Kardisch, Link & Associates, P.C. >>View press release
Colin Smith (LL.M. '07) named assistant attorney at Drobny Law Offices Inc. >>View press release
Azizah Yasnin ('97) elected to CLSACC board of directors >>View press release
Sari Ann Strasburg ('83) selected for 2009 DirectWomen Board Institute >>View press release
Bruce Blaisdell ('75) named executive director of the Vietnamese-American Initiative for Development >>View press release
Robert Spangenberg ('61) receives Champion of Indigent Defense Award by National Criminal Defense Bar >>View press release
Hon. Armand Arabian ('61) named Los Angeles commissioner >>View press release
>>View all alumni news here
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Professor Wexler Goes On the Road for Holy Hullabaloos
BU Law Professor and divinity school grad Jay Wexler took a six-month road trip around the country, stopping at places where the significant church-state Supreme Court cases originated. This included visits to a high school football game in East Texas (Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe), a community of Orthodox Jews in New York State (Board of Education of Kiryas Joel v. Grumet), a Santeria gathering in South Florida (Church of Lukumi Babalu Ave., Inc. v. Hialeah), and Missouri to talk to a Mennonite who was the sole living plaintiff from the Wisconsin v Yoder religious freedom case. >>View story
Prof. Hylton Talks About Torts Scholarship at His Inaugural Liacos Lecture
BU Law feted Professor Keith Hylton on his appointment as the Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professor of Law by hosting his inaugural lecture on modern torts scholarship. Many BU community members came out to hear him offer some candid assessments of the successes and failures of interdisciplinary work, and suggested ways in which BU can advance the future development of torts scholarship. The Honorable Paul J. Liacos Professorship was established, in large part, through the generosity of Louis J. Fox (JD'68), Edward M. Swartz (LLB'58), and the Honorable Paul J. Liacos (LLB'52, HON'96).
Looking for networking opportunities to grow your career? Want to keep up with legal trends? Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. And be sure to check the calendar online for more information and future events.
- November 12 “Unraveling the Biggest Ponzi Scheme of All Time: A Luncheon and Conversation With Madoff Trustee Irving Picard ’66” CANCELED!
- November 19 Student Alumni Mentor Program Kick-Off Reception First-year students and alumni mentors gather to meet and connect. Register to be a mentor by October 9 here. 6:30 p.m. Barristers
Also, look to www.bu.edu/law for more information on upcoming winter and spring events, which include:
- February 6 Follow the Money: The Impact of Economics on the Delivery of Health Care This year’s AJLM Symposium, co-sponsored by BU Law and the American Journal of Law & Medicine, will focus on the many scholarly accomplishments of Frances Miller, who is Professor of Law, Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Care Management. In addition to her regular contributions to the American Journal of Law and Medicine, Miller is a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Boston University Metcalf Cup & Prize for teaching excellence. Room 520
- March 12-13 “Rights Equality, and Justice: A Conference Inspired by the Moral and Legal Theory of David Lyons”
Hosted by BU Law and sponsored by the Boston University Humanities Foundation, this conference will focus around the scholarly work of Law Alumni Scholar and Professor of Law David B. Lyons. Professor Lyons is the recipient of major research fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His Ethics and the Rule of Law has been translated into Spanish, Polish and Portuguese. Law Auditorium and Barristers, 1270
- March 24 Public Interest Project Auction — the most popular event of the year. Don’t miss it!
April 17Annual Silver Shingle Alumni Awards: Editor's note — The Silver Shingle Event will now be merged with Reunion and Alumni Weekend, which is Oct. 29-31. For more information, go here.
A few interesting past events:
- Dr. Ernst Fehr, one of the pioneers in the field of behavioral economics, visited BU Law in October for a week of formal and informal interaction with faculty and law students. Dr. Fehr, the director of the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics at the University of Zurich, specializes in experiments that evaluate the “taste” for fairness and for punishing norm violations. Go here for more information.
- Oct. 15 Distinguished Lecture Series Featuring Kim Scheppele, director of Law and Public Affairs and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center Human Values at Princeton University, who delivered this year’s annual distinguished lecture.
- October 27 A Panel Discussion on Professor Linda McClain’s Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship Professor McClain’s latest book, Gender Equality: Dimensions of Women’s Equal Citizenship (Cambridge University Press 2009), examines the discrepancy between nations’ formal commitment to gender equality and the experiential reality of women’s lives. BU Law will host a panel discussion and reception, followed by a book signing. Professor McClain and co-editor Joanna Grossman will answer questions, and Professor Pnina Lahav will moderate the panel, which will include BU College of Arts and Sciences Dean Gina Sapiro, BU Women’s Studies Director Professor Diane Balser, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government Professor Jane Mansbridge. 4:30 p.m. Barristers Hall
- October 28, Alumni Association’s Annual Speed Networking Event 7pm Clarke’s in Faneuil Hall
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