Alumni Weekend 2012 

Entertainment and the Law

October 19-21

More than 900 YLS alums and their guests returned to the Law School for Alumni Weekend 2012 on October 19-21st to reconnect with classmates and other Law School friends, and to enjoy the varied panel discussions, class events, and festive meals. It all began on Friday afternoon with the Inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women’s Rights, starting with a fascinating panel discussion exploring “Equality’s Frontiers,” followed by a conversation between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Linda Greenhouse ’78 M.S.L., held at Battell Chapel. Friday night’s All-Alumni Reception and Dinner took place in Commons, the University’s marvelous dining hall festooned with Yale banners. After dinner, alumni and their guests remained in Commons, catching up with YLS friends well into the evening over coffee, wine, and a medley of desserts.

Saturday morning began with a Fun Run with Professor Ian Ayres ’86 and a dozen alumni and students. Incredibly enough, more than 100 students and alumni, paired after completing surveys about their career interests, met together over breakfast, while other alumni and their guests enjoyed breakfast in the Law School dining hall. The theme for the Weekend, "Entertainment and the Law," allowed for lively Saturday morning panel discussions on topics related to the theme, including the promises and pitfalls of social networks, ownership of cultural capital, hot topics in sports law, and new ways to get entertainment.

At the All-Alumni Luncheon on Saturday, the Yale Law School Association's Award of Merit was presented to David Boies II ’66, Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. David gave eloquent remarks about how much work remains to achieve America’s “promise of equality,” particularly with respect to gender equality, and how we as lawyers should make justice more efficient so there will no longer be a need to ask how much justice someone can afford.

Following the presentation of the Award of Merit, two faculty members remembered two giants of the legal profession that the YLS Community lost this past year. The Honorable Louis H. Pollak ’48 was eulogized by Anthony T. Kronman ’75, Sterling Professor of Law, and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach ’47 was remembered by Reva Siegel ’86, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law and Professor of American Studies.

The All-Alumni Luncheon concluded with a joyous celebration of our beloved Guido’s 80th birthday with song, a video, and, of course, birthday cake.

Throughout the weekend individual classes had special activities ranging from a 50th Class of 1962 champagne reception to the Class of 1972’s “Next Chapter” session; a wine and cheese gathering for the Class of 1967; a courtyard gathering of the Classes of 1992, 2002, and 2007; and a Class of 1952-sponsored talk by Professor Heather Gerken on “Countdown to Election 2012: A Last Minute Assessment,” followed by a private discussion between the Class and Professor Gerken over tea and cookies.

On Saturday night and Sunday morning, reunion classes--those in classes ending in 2’s and 7’s--met together for their festive class reunion dinners and brunches. Notably, a special reunion dinner was held for the Class of 1949, joined by one member of the Class of 1947 and her guest.

For those of you who want to remember this wonderful Weekend, and for those who were unable to attend and want to get a sense of what occurred, please take a look at the terrific photo galleries and streaming videos.

Photo Gallery 

Photos from the weekend (click here).

Video Links

Luncheon Ceremonies (presentation of the Award of Merit to David Boies II '66; Remembrances of The Honorable Louis H. Pollak '48 and Nicholas deB. Katzenbach '47; and 80th Birthday Celebration for Guido Calabresi '58)
Guido Calabresi '58 Birthday Video
Panel: Many Voices, Many Eyes: The Promises and Pitfalls of Social Networks
Panel: Yours, Mine and Ours: Ownership of Cultural Capital
Panel: In the Legal Zone: Hot Topics in Sports Law
Professor Heather Gerken –“Countdown to Election 2012: A Last-Minute Assessment”

Inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Women's Rights:
Panel: Equality's Frontiers
Conversation Between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Linda Greenhouse ’78 M.S.L.


Friday, October 19, 12:00-6:30 PM 
Saturday, October 20, 8:00-6:30 PM
Hospitality Rooms 
Alumni Reading Room and Student Lounge


12:00 – 7:30 PM
Room 122

The inaugural Gruber Distinguished Lecture on Women’s Rights begins with a panel exploring Equality’s Frontiers followed by a Conversation between Justice Ginsburg and Linda Greenhouse '78 M.S.L.

During the afternoon events with Justice Ginsburg, cases related to sex discrimination, same-sex marriage, litigation as a source of equality, and reproductive rights will be discussed. Posted here are links to some of the references, so that those interested may read the cases before or after the discussion.

1:30 – 3:30 PM
“Equality’s Frontiers” 
Law School Auditorium

Cary Franklin '05, Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Law 
Melissa Murray '02, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law 
Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School 
Ian Shapiro '87, Professor (Adjunct) of Law, Yale Law School and Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Reva Siegel '86, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School 
Kenji Yoshino '96, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law

4:00 – 5:30 PM
“A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg”
Battell Chapel

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Linda Greenhouse '78 M.S.L., Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

5:30 – 6:30 PM 
(now cancelled) Gruber Distinguished Lecture Reception

6:30 – 10:00 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
with friends!


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, and Dan Kahan, Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, and Professor of Psychology, 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.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)

PANEL I. Streaming and Beaming:  Entertainment Where and When You Want It

Moderator:  Bryan Choi, Thomson Reuters Fellow, and Director of the Law and Media Program, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

Emily Bazelon '00, Journalist, Slate, and Senior Research Scholar, and Capote Fellow, Yale Law School
Richard Cotton '69, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, NBC Universal
Alfred C. Perry '87, Vice President, Worldwide Content Protection & Outreach, Paramount Pictures Corporation
Kenneth P. Stern '88, Co-founder and President, Palisades Media Ventures, and former CEO, National Public Radio

PANEL II. Many Voices, Many Eyes: The Promises and Pitfalls of Social Networks

Moderator:  Margot E. Kaminski '10, Research Scholar in Law, Executive Director of the Information Society Project, and Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School

Lori B. Andrews '78, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
James Grimmelmann '05, Professor of Law, New York Law School
Beth Simone Noveck '97, Visiting Professor, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and MIT Media Lab, and Professor of Law, New York Law School
Madhavi Sunder, Professor of Law, University of California, Davis 

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

PANEL III.  Yours, Mine and Ours: Ownership of Cultural Capital

Moderator: Susan M. Scafidi '93, Professor & President, Fashion Law Institute, Fordham Law

Barton Beebe '00, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law 
David Boies II '66, Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP 
Kristelia A. Garcia '03, Frank H. Marks Intellectual Property Fellow & Visiting Associate Professor, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC 
Marc Porter '87, Chairman, Christie’s Americas and International Head, Christie’s Private Sales

PANEL IV.  In the Legal Zone: Hot Topics in Sports Law

Moderator: Michael McCann, Director, Sports Law Institute, and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School

Jimmy Golen '99 M.S.L., Sports Writer, The Associated Press 
Lawrence Lucchino '71, President and CEO, Boston Red Sox 
Craig A. Masback '92, Senior Sports Marketing Director, Greater China, Japan & Global Business Affairs, Nike; and former CEO, USA Track & Field (1997-2008) 
Charles S. Mechem, Jr. '55, Commissioner Emeritus, Ladies Professional Golf Association; and Chairman and CEO, Taft Broadcasting Company

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, and Partner, Pavia & Harcourt LLP
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: 
David Boies II '66, Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP  
Presented by: Dean Robert C. Post '77

The Honorable Louis H. Pollak '48 (1922-2012), Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1978-2012); and dean, Yale Law School (1965-70) and University of Pennsylvania Law School (1975-78).  

Nicholas deB. Katzenbach '47 (1922-2012), Associate Professor, Yale Law School (1952-56); U.S. Attorney General (1965-66), and Senior Vice President and General Counsel, IBM (1968-86).

80th Birthday Celebration: 
The Honorable Guido Calabresi '58, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law and dean (1985-94), Yale Law School


Spend Saturday afternoon with classmates and friends taking part in a variety of
informal activities, or exploring the Law School, Yale University, and New Haven.
Go to for a list of informal class activities and check your
registration packet as well for information related to your specific class.

Below are a few activities open to all attendees:

3:00-4:30 PM 
 Yale Visual Law Project: Screening YLS Student Cutting-Edge Documentaries 
Room 121

3:00-4:30 PM
Law Library's Paskus-Danziger Rare Books Open House
The Rare Book Collection showcases recent acquisitions as well as works relating to entertainment law. 
Room L2

4:15 – 5:30 PM
“Countdown to Election 2012: A Last Minute Assessment”  
Heather Gerken, J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law, Yale Law School 
Room 127

6:30 PM Receptions; 7:30 PM Dinners

Sunday, October 21

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Room 122

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