Alumni Weekend 2011

Human Rights in a Turbulent World

November 4-6, 2011

Almost 900 YLS alums and their guests returned to the Law School for Alumni Weekend 2011 on November 4-6 to see classmates and other Law School friends. The theme for the Weekend, "Human Rights in a Turbulent World," allowed for lively (and packed!) panel discussions on topics related to the theme, including the challenges to freedom of expression posed by hate speech and social networks, the tension between national security and human rights, and the responsibility of journalists and NGOs reporting on human rights. On Friday afternoon, alums had a chance to attend two panels, including one featuring current students discussing their own human rights projects, and a lively Student Activity Fair with more than 30 student organizations and journals. Everyone then headed to an All Alumni Reception and Dinner in Commons, followed by a relaxed coffee, beer, wine, and dessert medley which gave people a chance to catch up with each other well into the evening.

Saturday morning kicked off with a matching breakfast, where almost 110 students and alumni were paired after completing surveys about their career and non-career interests. At the All Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, the Yale Law School Association's Award of Merit was given to Judge Luzius Wildhaber '65 LLM, '68 JSD, former president of the European Court of Human Rights. (Read Judge Wildhaber's thank-you remarks here.)

Throughout the weekend individual classes had special activities ranging from a special 50th Class of 1961 Reunion reception and tour of the Neale and Margaret Albert Collection at the Yale Art Gallery to the Class of 1951 and 1956 reminiscence sessions to the Class of 1976 Jonathan Krane presentation: "YLS and Film -- Famous Movie Producer Discusses the Transition from Yale Educated Attorney to Hollywood Film Maker." On Saturday night and Sunday morning, reunion classes were spread out around town for their festive class reunion dinners and brunches. The picture-perfect weather provided a great backdrop for events throughout the weekend. 

Photo Galleries

Photos from the weekend (click here).




Hospitality Areas

Friday, November 4 • 1:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 5 • 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Student Lounge and the Alumni Reading Room

The exact location in the Law School of Friday’s and Saturday’s panel discussions and Saturday’s talk with Harold Koh will be posted in the school’s main hallway and in the Registration Room during Alumni Weekend.

Friday, November 4

1:30 – 7:30 PM
Room 122

3:00 – 4:00 PM
Panel Discussion:  YLS Student Involvement in Human Rights —Advocacy and Adjudication

Hear from current YLS students about their work in various clinics, including the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, and about their experiences during summer fellowships.

Moderator: James J. Silk ’89, Clinical Professor of Law, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, and Executive Director, Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

Panelists: Five current students

4:15 – 5:30 PM
Panel Discussion:  Advancing Human Rights through International and Domestic Courts

Moderator: Lea Brilmayer, Howard M. Holtzmann Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

Dapo Akande, University Lecturer in Public International Law, and Co-Director, Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford University
Sarah Cleveland ’92, Louis Henkin Professor of Human and Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School
Ruth Wedgwood ’76, Edward Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy; and Director, International Law and Organizations Program, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Luzius Wildhaber ’65 LL.M., ’68 J.S.D., Former Judge and President, European Court of Human Rights

5:30 – 6:30 PM
Student Activity Fair
Law School Dining Hall

Yale Law School has more than 50 student organizations. Many of them will be at the Fair. Meet students and see what activities they are involved in today over cider and donuts. For a complete list of student organizations, go

6:45 PM
All Alumni Reception and Dinner
University Commons (Enter either on the corner of College and Grove Streets or from Beinecke Plaza off Wall Street)

After dinner, stay for coffee, beer, wine, and a dessert medley, and spend more time socializing with friends! 

Saturday, November 5

7:00 – 8:00 AM
Fun Run
Meet in front of the Law School at 127 Wall Street

Join Yale Law School’s Ian Ayres ’86, William K. Townsend Professor of Law, for an early morning 5K run.

8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Room 122

8:00 – 9:30 AM
Alumni-Student Breakfast Connections
Room 120

Be matched with current students so that you can chat about common areas of interest.  Go by Thursday, October 20 to fill out a short survey.  You must complete the survey to participate.

8:00 – 10:30 AM
Continental Breakfast
Law School Dining Hall

Breakfast will be available in the Dining Hall for anyone who is not participating in the alumni-student matching breakfast in Room 120.

9:30 – 10:45 AM
Panel Discussions (two concurrent sessions)

I. Emerging Challenges to the Freedom of Expression: From Hate Speech to Social Networks

Moderator: Robert C. Post ’77, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Floyd Abrams ’59, Senior Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Susan Benesch ’01, Senior Fellow and Director, Speech and Violence Project, World Policy Institute 
Anupam Chander ’92, Professor and Director, California International Law Center, UC Davis
Jeffrey Rosen ’91, Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School

II. Reporting on Human Rights: The Responsibility of Journalists and NGOs?

Moderator: Edward R. Girardet ’91 M.S.L., Journalist; and Director, Institute for Media and Global Governance

Lucy A. Dalglish ’88 M.S.L., Executive Director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Mark Danner, Chancellor’s Professor of Journalism and English, UC Berkeley; and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs, Politics and the Humanities, Bard College
Gary Knight, Founder, VII Photo Agency; and Director, The Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, Tufts University
Kenneth Roth ’80, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel Discussions (two concurrent sessions)

III. Constitutional Rights/Human Rights:  Analogues, Intersections, and Differences

Moderator: Reva Siegel ’86, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Lani Guinier ’74, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Pamela S. Karlan ’84, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School
Cristina M. Rodriguez ’00, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice; and Professor of Law (on leave), NYU School of Law
Kenji Yoshino ’96, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law

IV. Navigating the Tension Between National Security and Human Rights

Moderator: Oona A. Hathaway ’97, Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School

David Cole ’84, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
William Lietzau ’89, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Policy
Steven R. Ratner ’86, Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
W. Michael Reisman ’64 LL.M., ’65 J.S.D., Myres S. McDougal Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Matthew C. Waxman ’99, Associate Professor, Columbia Law School

12:45 PM
All Alumni Luncheon
University Commons (Enter either on the corner of College and Grove Streets or from Beinecke Plaza off Wall Street)

Opening Remarks: 
John R. Firestone ’85, President, Yale Law School Association Executive Committee
Robert C. Post ’77, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School

Presentation of the Yale Law School Association Award of Merit to:
Luzius Wildhaber ’65 LL.M., ’68 J.S.D., Former Judge and President of the European Court of Human Rights Presented by: Dean Robert C. Post ’77

2:45 – 4:30 PM
Informal Class Activities

4:30 – 5:30 PM
International Law and U.S. Foreign Policy: The View from Foggy Bottom

Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State; Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law, and former Dean, Yale Law School

Saturday, November 5 evening

6:00 PM Class Reunion Receptions and Dinners

6:30 PM Class Reunion Receptions
(Class of 1961 at 6:00 PM)

7:30 PM Class Reunion Dinners
(Class of 1961 at 8:00 PM)

Sunday, November 6
Please note the clock returns to standard time on this morning.

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Room 122

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Class Reunion Brunches