An Alumni Weekend to Remember

October 22, 2013

B.M., 2L

At YLS, we’re fortunate to count among our alumni three sitting Supreme Court Justices, three (and soon to be four) United States Senators, and two former Presidents. We were lucky enough to have one of those former presidents – Bill Clinton – here with us for the 2013 Alumni Weekend and his 40th reunion just a few short weeks ago. Tellingly, though, the presence of a former president was not the main attraction of the weekend. Instead, like the hundreds of Yale Law students packed into the audience at Woolsey Hall, President Clinton was focused on another one of our alumni – former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Secretary Clinton was not just back on campus for her 40th reunion, she was also here to receive the Yale Law School Association’s Award of Merit. In her acceptance speech, Secretary Clinton touched on much of what makes Yale Law such a special place, including the social conscience of the student body and the all-around focus on making a positive difference in the world. It was truly inspiring to hear one of our most accomplished alumni talk about how formative her experience was at the same place that I get to spend my three years in law school.

While the Clinton event was probably the most exciting aspect of our recent Alumni Weekend, it doesn’t quite capture just how lucky we are as students to have so many phenomenal alumni returning to our campus year after year. For instance, each year, the Alumni Affairs Office matches students for a breakfast with alumni in fields that interest them, from government to academia to private practice. This year, I got to join Stuart Delery, the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the Department of Justice; last year, I got to join United States Senator Chris Coons for breakfast.

It’s opportunities like these that make me so thankful to be a part of the Yale Law community and so excited to join the ranks of alumni who consider YLS their home away from home.