S.J. Quinney College of Law

Celebrating 100 Years of
Legal Education (1913-2013)

Letter from Alumni President

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It is a pleasure to serve as president of the alumni association of the S.J. Quinney College of Law this year. My years on the board have been filled with wonderful activities and enjoyable associations. I have felt reconnected to the law school.

During this time, I’ve gained perspective on how law school, though difficult at times, has positively impacted virtually every aspect of my life. It has provided me with a challenging and rewarding profession, a good living, and scores of friendships—many finding their roots in the three years I spent in law school. For better or worse (mostly better), I have learned to “think like a lawyer,” enabling me to serve others and use critical problem-solving skills on behalf of my clients and in other settings. As I reflect on these things, I feel a loyalty and a desire to give back to the institution that has provided so many good things in my life. I hope you feel the same way.

At the annual alumni lunch last spring, I announced that my primary goal for this year is to help broaden and deepen the commitment and participation of our alumni to the law school. I want to broaden the numbers participating in alumni events and deepen the scope of their participation. There are so many opportunities for involvement: you can attend one of the outstanding events such as the downtown CLE series, the Leary lecture, the Fordham debate, or the Social Summits. You can volunteer on one of our committees (such as serving as a recruiter for law school applicants, mentoring a law student, working with our early externship program, or helping with and/or participating in our annual golf tournament). If you want to get involved, e-mail me at pdurham@djplaw.com.

I hope to help broaden the number of our alumni who contribute financially to the school and deepen the level of commitment. Look at your class donation listing in this issue of Res Gestae. If your name isn’t there, it should be! While any amount of contribution is needed and greatly appreciated, we can do much better. If you are a regular donor, and if your circumstances permit, consider increasing your normal level of donation by 25 percent, 50 percent, or more. If you haven’t contributed for a while, begin today. I extend a warm and sincere thanks to all who have donated to the law school this year.

I encourage you to enhance your connection with the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Best regards,

Paul M. Durham ’80
President, Alumni Board of Trustees