Dear Fellow Alumni:
HLS alumni have had numerous opportunities to connect with the school over the past several months. Beyond the wide range of activities hosted by Harvard Law School Association Clubs and Shared Interest Groups from coast to coast and around the world, this Fall has seen alumni Staying Connected in Cambridge. Here are some highlights:
- Celebration 65: From September 14-16, HLS celebrated the 65th anniversary of the admission of women. The pioneering women of the class of 1953 were all honored with the HLSA Award, the School’s highest honor. Three members of that class were present: Judge Sondra Miller, Nicole Kerno, and Ann Pfohl Kirby. Each reflected on days of challenge and opportunity met with grit and grace. Each one of them also exhibited the fierce intelligence that has been the signature trait of the thousands of HLS alumnae who have followed them. The Honorable Mary Robinson LL.M. '68, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave a stirring keynote address on “Women’s Leadership in Challenging Times.” All who attended left the weekend inspired and committed to moving onward. Check out the C65 website for video and photos of the event which captured the spirit of event.
- Fall Reunion: The Fall Reunion was held from October 26-28. There’s something special about Cambridge in mid-autumn. Our distinguished Dean John Manning '85 updated the reunioning classes on the School’s ongoing initiatives to foster a sense of community at the Law School, inside and outside of the classroom and among current students and alumni alike. Kenneth Frazier '78, Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. Inc., received the HLSA Award and delivered a timely address entitled “Civic Nationalism: The Role of Law and Institutions.” Check out all the highlights of the reunion on the Fall Reunion website.
- The Game: The 135th playing of The Harvard-Yale Football Game was held just across the river at historic Fenway Park. About 100 HLS and HBS alumni and guests enjoyed the second annual pre-game tailgate. The photo slideshow of the event speaks volumes about the comradery of the attending alumni. And Harvard won The Game, 45-27!
- President Bacow’s West Coast swing: The newly-installed 29th President of Harvard University Lawrence Bacow J.D. '76 (among three Harvard degrees), made appearances at cities up and down the California coast in late November. Judge Yvonne Campos J.D. '88, conducted a conversation with President Bacow at historic Balboa Park before a crowd of hundreds of San Diego Harvard alumni. Those who attended were universally impressed by President Bacow’s approach to this job. It is obvious that President Bacow understands the challenges that come with dealing with the vast and complex range of stakeholders that Harvard has and that he is up to the challenge.
All the best for a Happy Holiday Season,
Dan Eaton '89
Harvard Law School Association