Alumni Weekend 2007

October 12-14

Thanks to all YLS graduates who were with us this past year in New Haven. We enjoyed welcoming you back and joining in discussions with you about elections, media, and politics, as well as chatting with you informally.  

Friday night's Polling Game is still reverberating in everyone's minds. We all learned a lot, while having a great time. Honoring Linda Greenhouse '78 M.S.L. and hearing about Jane Bolin '31 and Pauli Murray '65 J.S.D. were the highlights of our Saturday luncheon, as the 12 reunion classes sat together in the grand space of Commons with its many Yale flags. Saturday night reunion dinners and Sunday morning brunches brought classmates together again--at times it almost seemed as if 5, 10, 30, 45, or 60 years hadn't gone by at all. We hope you had a wonderful time reconnecting with your classmates-- and we know our students enjoyed meeting you, especially at Saturday's Breakfast Connections. 

For those of you who who want to remember the weekend, and for those of you who were unable to attend and want to get a flavor of what occurred, please take a look at the photo gallery of the events of the weekend. We look forward to welcoming Classes of '2s and '7s back for another reunion in 2012.  Other reunion classes will be here sooner. However, we hope that all of you can visit here before your next reunion, and we look forward to the chance to visit you in your hometown!   

Photo Gallery

Photos from the weekend (click here).

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 12

2:30–3:45 pm
Panel Discussion
The Next Generation of Law and Media
Levinson Auditorium
Moderator: Robert C. Post '77, David Boies Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Panelists: Floyd Abrams '59, Partner, Cahill Gordon & Reindel • Emily C. Bazelon '00, Senior Editor, Slate • Steven Brill '75, Chairman and CEO, Clear/Verified Identity Pass, Inc. • Adam Liptak '88, National Legal Correspondent,The New York Times

4:00–5:15 pm
Panel Discussion
The New Separation of Powers:
Parties, Politics, and the Presidency

Levinson Auditorium
Moderator: Harold Hongju Koh, Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law
Panelists: Bruce Ackerman '67, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale Law School • Dawn E. Johnsen ’86, Professor of Law and Ira C. Batman Faculty Fellow, Indiana University School of Law • Charlie Savage’03 M.S.L., National Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Boston Globe • Peter Shane ’77, Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law

5:30 pm
Class of 1957 Champagne Reception and Dinner
Quinnipiack Club, 221 Church Street

6:00 pm
Reception and Dinner
University Commons (enter either on the corner of College and Grove Streets or from Beinecke Plaza)

8:30 pm
Interactive Event
The Polling Game: Vote on the Hot Issues and Play Pundit on the Outcome
Levinson Auditorium

Master of Ceremonies: Pamela S. Karlan ’84, Kenneth
and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public
Interest Law, Stanford Law School

Saturday, October 13

8:00 am–6:30 pm

Room 122, Yale Law School

Open from 8:00– 11:00 am 
Student-Alumni  Breakfast Connections

Dining Hall, Yale Law School

9:30–10:45 am
Panel Discussions 

(Two Concurrent Sessions)

I. The New Tools: The Internet Influencing Democracy 
Levinson Auditorium
Moderator: Robert C. Post ’77, David Boies, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Panelists: Jeff Berman ’96, General Manager for Video and Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, • Susan Crawford ’89, Associate Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law • Beth Simone Noveck ’97, Professor of Law, New York Law School; Director, Institute for Information Law and Policy; Director, Do Tank and Democracy Design Workshop • David Weinberger, Fellow, Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

II. Race, Politics, and the Voting Rights Act
Room 127
Moderator: Heather K. Gerken, Professor of Law, Yale Law School 
Panelists: Samuel Issacharoff ’83, Bonnie and Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law • Nina Perales, Southwest Regional Counsel, MALDEF, San Antonio, TX • Paul M. Smith ’79, Partner, Co-Chair, Appellate and Supreme Court, and Media and First Amendment Practices, Jenner & Block • Myron H. Thompson ’72, Judge, U. S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama

10:45–11:00 am 

11:00 am–12:15 pm  
Panel Discussions 

(Two Concurrent Sessions)

III. The Media Covering Elections: Heroes or Villains? 
Levinson Auditorium
Moderator: Heather K. Gerken, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Panelists: Jill Abramson, Managing Editor, The New York Times • Jeff Greenfield ’67, Senior Political Correspondent, CBS News • Joshua Micah Marshall, Columnist, Writer, and Publisher, Talking Points Memo • Henry Weinstein, Legal Affairs Writer, Los Angeles Times

IV. Money and Politics 
Room 127
Moderator: Pamela S. Karlan ’84, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School  
Panelists: Richard Briffault, Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, Columbia Law School • Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute • Daniel R. Ortiz ’83, John Allan Love Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law • Bradley A. Smith, Professor of Law, Capital University Law School

12:30 pm 
Yale Law School Association Alumni Luncheon
University Commons 
(Enter either on the corner of College and Grove Streets or from Beinecke Plaza)

Opening Remarks:Laurence T. Sorkin ’67, President, YLSA Executive Committee, Harold Hongju Koh, Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Remembering Two YLS Pioneers:  Jane Bolin ’31 and Pauli Murray ’65 J.S.D.
Remarks by: Tracey L. Meares, Professor of Law, Yale Law School • Reva Siegel ’86, Deputy Dean and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Presentation of the YLSA Award of Merit 
Presentation by: Harold Hongju Koh, Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, Yale Law School
Recipient: Linda J. Greenhouse ’78 M.S.L., Supreme Court Correspondent, The New York Times

2:30–3:30 pm  
Question Time with Dean Koh

Levinson Auditorium, Yale Law School

3:30–5:00 pm  
LSO/Clinic Reunion: The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization Reception
Ruttenberg Hall
Alumni, faculty, and YLS students involved in the clinical programs are welcome to drop in.

3:30-5:00 pm 
Class Activities

2:30–5:00 pm
Tours of Yale Law School

Meet outside of Room 122 (Last tour leaves room 122 at 4:30 pm)

6:30 pm
Class Reunion Receptions
7:30 pm

Class Reunion Dinners

Sunday, October 14

9:30 am–1:30 pm
Registration Room Open

Room 122

10:00 am–1:00 pm
Class Reunion Brunches