In the fall of 2022, Boston University School of Law will celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding. This milestone will be celebrated throughout the 2022-23 academic year, with special events and other opportunities to connect, as well as the release of a commemorative book. We invite all members of the Boston University School of Law community—past and present—to celebrate this significant achievement with us, as you are all part of our rich history.

150th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, October 1, 2022
George Sherman Union

On Saturday, October 1, we will kick off BU Law’s sesquicentennial celebration with our 150th Anniversary Gala at BU’s George Sherman Union right next door to the law complex. The gala will be an opportunity for our alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends to come together to celebrate the school’s impressive 150-year legacy of impact on law and society. Tickets to the gala are $150 and will go on sale in July.

W. Kamau Bell to Headline 150th Anniversary Gala

Noted sociopolitical comedian and filmmaker is the featured guest for our sesquicentennial celebration.

W. Kamau Bell looking sideways and smilingW. Kamau Bell is a stand-up comedian and the host and executive producer of the Emmy Awardwinning CNN series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell, which follows Bell as he explores communities across America to understand the unique challenges they face. The docu-series has considered topics ranging from the future of coal country to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, to the experience of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in the United States.

Bell’s four-part documentary series We Need to Talk About Cosby premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is now streaming on Showtime. His latest stand-up comedy special, Private School Negro, is available on Netflix.

W. Kamau Bell is the ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for Racial Justice and serves on the advisory boards of Right to Be (formerly Hollaback!) and Donors Choose.

Through his signature sociopolitical comedic lens, Bell will offer reflections on BU Law’s 150-year history, its founding commitment to advancing equity and justice, and how students, faculty, and alumni may extend its impact over the next 150 years.

Rikki Klieman (’75) Will Serve as Master of Ceremonies

Rikki Klieman smiling at camera with left hand resting on face
Rikki Klieman (’75). Photo by Fadile Berisha.

CBS legal analyst Rikki Klieman (’75) will emcee the evening’s festivities. Named one of the top five woman attorneys in the US by Time magazine, Klieman rose to prominence when she joined Court TV to anchor its coverage of the OJ Simpson trial. In addition to CBS and Court TV, Klieman has provided legal analysis for NBC, the Daily Beast, and E! Network, and she has played the role of lawyer or judge on shows like Blue Bloods, Sharks, and Law & Order.

East Coast Soul’s Daptone Ensemble will provide the evening’s musical entertainment. Featuring Boston-area artists Jon Gramling and Monica Espinoza, among others, the Daptone Ensemble performs the best classic and contemporary music across all genres with grit, funk, and their own soulful style.

Reunion Weekend 2022 

Friday, September 30–Sunday, October 2, 2022

We invite alumni from class years ending in 2 or 7 as well as all alumni from class years before 1972 to join us for Reunion Weekend 2022. Reunion attendees may participate in the following activities, among others.

    • Class reunions
      For the Classes of 2017, 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977
    • Golden Circle Dinner
      Friday, September 30, 2022
    • The Golden Circle Dinner celebrates the 50th Reunion from BU Law. This year’s dinner will celebrate the Classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 and all earlier Classes invited to join.
    • Davio’s Back Bay
    • 75 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116
    • 150th Anniversary Gala
      Saturday, October 1, 2022
    • Ticketed event open to all BU Law alumni and friends

BU Law’s Reunion Weekend will be held in conjunction with the University’s Alumni Weekend 2022, featuring a variety of other events and activities across the campus and throughout the city for BU alumni.

150th Anniversary Book

Did you know…That Boston University School of Law created the three-year program of courses now standard in legal education? Or that Class of 1883 alum Wilford H. Smith’s litigation paved the way for increased voting rights for Black Americans? Or that Bradford Morse (LLM’49) led the United Nations Development Programme for 12 years?

As the 150th anniversary of BU Law’s founding draws near, we are hard at work on a commemorative book—forthcoming in fall 2022—that will feature 150 profiles of people, places, and events that have shaped the school and the world. We look forward to sharing this work with you as we celebrate our community’s history and set a course for the next 150 years of excellence in legal education at BU Law.

Reserve your copy by making a gift of $150 or more to the 150th Anniversary Fund. Visit bu.edu/lawgiving and select the School of Law 150th Anniversary Fund or contact the Esdaile Alumni Center at 617-353-3118 or lawalum@bu.edu.