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Save the date for 2011 Reunion & Awards at Mandarin Oriental
Opportunities to get involved with reunion
Alumni connect at 2010 Reunion Gala and Silver Shingle Awards
Alumni and BU Law staff receive awards

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Save the date for 2011 Reunion & Awards at Mandarin Oriental

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Did you graduate in a year that ends with a ‘1 or a ‘6? Or do you just like attending BU Law reunions no matter what year you graduated? Please reserve October 28-30, 2011, for next year's Reunion and Alumni Weekend. Next year’s Alumni Reunion Gala Dinner & Silver Shingle Awards Presentation will be Oct. 29, 2011, at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. To join your Class Reunion Committee to plan the 2011 Reunion and Gala, e-mail the Esdaile Alumni Center or call 617.353.3118.

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Opportunities to get involved with your reunion

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The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common ballroom was filled with alumni.
  • Boston University School of Law wishes to thank the 2010 Reunion Committee for their efforts in making this event the success it was. To volunteer for next year's reunion, e-mail the Esdaile Alumni Center or call 617.353.3118.
  • Reunion giving: One of the most important roles of the reunion class committees is to create a class gift that will have a lasting impact on the School and draw widespread support from their classmates. Making a gift for your reunion connects you with today’s students and helps the School continue to provide the superior legal education for which it is known and which you received. Making a three- to five-year pledge is a wonderful way of maintaining contact with the School and providing continuous, planned support. To make a one-time reunion gift, consult the online form. To make a multi-year reunion pledge, e-mail the Esdaile Alumni Center or call 617.353.3118.

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Alumni connect at 2010 Reunion Gala and Silver Shingle Awards

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Master of Ceremonies and WBZ Radio Host Dan Rea ('74)

Attendees at the October 30 Alumni Reunion Gala Dinner & Silver Shingle Awards Presentation weaved through the packed reception area of the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, catching up with friends and professors. This occasion marked the first time the two events were combined. Every seat in the ballroom was filled.

For regular attendees, the reunion is a chance to catch up with old friends every five years. For others, it was their first time attending a reunion.

Courtney Rogers (’05) drove up the night before from Long Island, where she works for the boutique health care practice Garfunkel Wild & Travis. “I wanted to do a trip to New England in the fall,” she said. “I have a lot of friends who stayed local; I hope to see a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time, except on Facebook.” She also was able to meet up with friends the night before and for brunch that morning. For those who didn’t make it this time, she said, “I’d love to see them at the 10-year reunion. There are a whole bunch of people who should come.”

Tom Cohn (’85), who drove from New York City for the day to attend his first law school reunion, was on the hunt for other purple ribbons. “Twenty-five years seemed like a good time to come back,” he said. “I’m not sure why I didn’t attend before; maybe I didn’t notice past efforts.”

First-timer Judith Feinberg Albright (’00), of Nelson Kinder Mosseau & Saturley, said that, for her, it was the right time to get involved with BU Law again, not only attending reunion but also volunteering for such BU Law programs as on-campus interviewing and mentoring. “I’m 10 years out at this point, so I think that’s probably why I’ve started to come back,” she said. “When you are in your second year out or three years out, you’re still in touch with people. And there’s only one word in your life, and that word is ‘billable,’ so you don’t have a lot of time for social events and relaxing. At this point in my life I want to catch up with people.”

A Class of 1995 group of students said that they all live near each other, but noted that busy lives kept them from seeing each other except at reunions. Two couples who each met at BU Law—Natascha George & Douglas Cornelius and Carla Monroe Moynihan & Jim Moynihan—both come every five years to reconnect. “We come all the way from Newton, a whole 10 miles away,” joked George. “But I’m seeing friends here from Belmont and Cambridge I haven’t seen in years. We’re all very busy, so it’s nice to have an event like this to see one another.” Added Jim Moynihan, “It is a hoot to see everyone. And to see Doug Cornelius in a purple shirt. That’s why I came to the reunion. That, and to support the law school.”

A few talked about how much fun it is to participate in alumni organizing committees. This was the first reunion for Laura Khoshbin (’95), who is legal counsel with Partners Health Care System. At the retirement dinner held last year for Professor Fran Miller ('65), she had bumped into another former professor Mark Pettit, who suggested that she join the alumni organizing committee. Her participation led to reconnecting with friends and professors. “This event is a great way to get people organized, to get people to come to this event, and to get the message out about the services that are needed and the kind of services that are being done.”

Chris Kenney ('90), president of the BU Law Alumni Association, said, “We had a nice reunion for the Class of 1990 last night. For those who come to the reunion, you renew old friendships and make new contacts.”

Another active alumnus, John Finn (’80), was last year’s president of the Alumni Association. “I like to come…not so much to be active with alumni, but it’s important to contribute to BU Law, to maintain a quality education for everyone who wants it," he said. "I feel I get quite a bit from Boston University. ”

Then there are the loyal alumni who attend every event.

“I think I went to law school with the nicest guys and girls on earth,” said Henry Shultz (’65), magistrate at the Newton District Court, who has attended every reunion. “Some of us have made millions, some of us have gotten by, but they’re all the nicest people in the world. I’m now 70, but we started when we were 20, so coming here makes me feel young.”

Phil Halloran (’60) last attended the reunion 10 years ago. “I try to attend, but it depends on my trial schedule,” he said. “I go to the significant ones. It’s a chance to get together, and when you get out as far as we are, these chances get fewer and fewer.”

Another loyal attendee, film critic Dan Kimmel ('80), was watching the slideshow and was excited to see an old photo of him taken with the BU Comment staff. “I've been to all the five-year reunions except the 25th, because it was the weekend of my niece's bat mitzvah,” he said. “It was good to reconnect with classmates, although I have to say that none of the people I was close to in law school showed. But that's the case with my college reunions, too. I guess I've turned into the sort of alum I used to make fun of when I was doing my humor columns for student publications.”

>>Want copies of our photos? View our photo gallery of the event.

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Alumni and staff receive Silver Shingle Awards

Over dessert, the reunion part of the evening segued into the awards ceremony, when Dean Maureen O’Rourke presented the Gerard H. Cohen Award, the Young Lawyer’s Chair and the Silver Shingle Alumni Awards.

Many alumni said that they liked the idea of combining the Silver Shingle awards with the reunion. “It maximizes attendance and gets more people in the room, which gets more people to come,” said Chris Kenney ('90). Added John Finn (’80), “My memory is that some people go to one event and not to the other event, so this is a good combination.”

The winners:

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Gerard H. Cohen Award
Lorraine Kaplan

Assistant Director, Banking & Financial Law LL.M. program
Gerard H. Cohen, Class of 1962, is a past president of the Boston University Law School Alumni Association. His family established the Gerard H. Cohen Award in his honor in 1994, the same year he was awarded the Silver Shingle Alumni Award for Distinguished Service to the School. The Cohen Award is given annually to recognize a member of the School of Law’s administrative staff who has shown unselfish and distinguished service to the School.

Lorraine Kaplan started working at the School in 1982, initially in the Registrar’s Office. In 1986, she joined the Banking & Financial Law Program, where she continues to work. Lorraine is the staff member in charge of administrative matters and serves as the “institutional memory” for the program. She is the glue that holds the program together. She is talented, hard-working and beloved by her colleagues.

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Young Lawyer’s Chair
Tania N. Shah '00
The Young Lawyer’s Chair is given each year to the alumnus/a who, within 10 years of graduation, has achieved notable success in the profession.

Tania N. Shah is a native of Irvine, Calif., where she spent most of her formative years. She is the founder of LawTutors LLC and a partner member of Shah Law, LLC, where she practices business law; both companies are based in Brookline, Mass. An adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Law, she is also the co-author of the popular Aspen Legal Book Series "What Not to Write" (named after her favorite show, “What Not to Wear”) as well as the editor of Aspen’s newest multistate book. She also teaches for Emanuel Bar Review, founded by Steven Emanuel.

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The Silver Shingle Awards portion of the gala drew many friends and family members to cheer awardees. About a dozen family and friends of Tania Shah (’00) (fifth from left) came out to watch her receive her Young Lawyer’s Chair award. “We love you,” said her father, Dinesh Shah, (third from right) during the reception.

 

2010 Silver Shingle Award Recipients

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Howard S. Altarescu ’74
Service to the Community

In addition to being a successful partner in the New York office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Howard Altarescu serves as chairman of the board of Renaissance E.M.S. (Education, Music & Sports), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the South Bronx. Renaissance provides more than 1,000 at-risk inner city youths with performance-based music classes and sports programming as well as academic enrichment and social development programs.

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Professor Jack M. Beermann
Service to the School

In addition to devoting time to his teaching and scholarship, Professor Jack Beermann has served as associate dean for academic affairs and has chaired many BU Law committees. Most recently, he chaired the Appointments Committee, which is a major undertaking. His process and leadership led to a number of great faculty hires for the school, including the four new professors who joined us this year. The “go-to” faculty member on issues of governance, he also served on University committees including the University Appointments, Promotion & Tenure Committee.

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Robert F. Grondine ’80
Service to the Profession

Robert F. Grondine joined Baker & McKenzie in New York after graduating from BU Law and shortly afterward, moved to its Tokyo office. He was made partner and moved to Los Angeles. After joining White & Case in 1986 as a partner, he moved back to Tokyo, where he expanded the office from seven to 100 lawyers.

Continually rated as a leading lawyer by all of the most prominent international lawyer rating services, he is cited as a leading lawyer in the fields of Asset Finance, including aircraft finance, in which he is considered a global expert; bank finance; project finance; M&A; and, most recently, in dispute resolution for his work in international arbitration as an arbitrator and party counsel.
 
Grondine has been an active leader in the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) in U.S.-Japan trade matters since 1982, serving as a member of its Board of Governors, president and chairman, and, since 2008, president emeritus. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Education Commission (Japan Fulbright Commission) by two U.S. ambassadors to Japan and served as its treasurer from 2003 to 2007. Grondine is an active member of the U.S.-Japan Business Council.

>>Past Silver Shingle winners

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