Thursday, October 3, 2019

Alumni Weekend 2019 to Take Place Oct 18-20

Yale Law School alumni and their families will gather in New Haven on October 18–20 for Alumni Weekend 2019. Panel discussions will be held on Economic Inequality and the Role of Law and Voting Rights and Election Law, among other activities.


On Saturday, October 19, Dean Heather K. Gerken will present the Yale Law School Association Award of Merit to Ben Heineman ’71 and Linda Rottenberg ’93. The Award of Merit recognizes alumni or long-time faculty of Yale Law School who have made a substantial contribution to public service or to the legal profession. Previous recipients of the Award have included Secretary Hillary Clinton ’73, David Boies II ’66, and former Dean Harold Hongju Koh.

Ben W. Heineman, Jr. has had a varied career in law, government, business and academia. He was GE’s Senior Vice President-General Counsel from 1987-2003, and then Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs from 2004 until his retirement at the end of 2005. He is currently Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession and its Program on Corporate Governance as well as Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A Rhodes Scholar, editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, Mr. Heineman was assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare and practiced public interest law and constitutional law prior to his service at GE.

“Innovator for the 21st Century” (Time), “Silicon Valley Visionary,” “America’s Best Leader” (U.S. News & World Report), and “The Entrepreneur Whisperer” (ABC, FOX, NPR) are among the designations given to Linda Rottenberg. The subject of four Harvard Business School cases, for over a decade Linda was known by another name, la Chica Loca (“the Crazy Girl”), for insisting that high-impact entrepreneurs exist in emerging and developing markets.

As co-founder and CEO of Endeavor Global, Inc. Linda has led the global entrepreneurship movement for two decades. With offices spanning the globe, Endeavor rigorously selects, mentors and scales the most promising, high-impact entrepreneurs in 30 countries and a number of underserved U.S. cities. Today, Endeavor Entrepreneurs — 1700 selected from over 55,000 candidates — generate over $15BN in annual revenues and produce more than 1.5 million jobs.

Other highlights of the Weekend are the class reunion dinners and brunches for all classes ending in 4s and 9s, a student/alumni breakfast, diversity events, class activities, and time to explore New Haven.