This fall was particularly fun, successful and rewarding with our many reunions. The class of 1986 had the highest attendance. The class of 1981 stayed the latest. It was so fun to see the Class of 1981 ending the evening in a corner on the rooftop terrace visiting and catching up. From my perspective, it has been delightful to watch classmates reconnect, share stories and update one another on the years since graduation. We are looking forward the next year’s reunions for the classes 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992 (my class), 1997, 2002 and 2007. Please send us your contact information so we can make sure you get your invitation.
We have also held our second Jackson Howard Leadership and Initiative Luncheon, named in honor of Jackson Howard. September’s lunch was lead up by alumni Alan Sullivan, Helen Serassio, Cheryl Mori and Mark Sievers. They were tremendous mentors and had so much to offer our 1L’s. We will have another mentor-led lunch in Feburary for 3L’s and one in early June for our 2L’s. Let me know if you would like to be a mentor for one of these lunches.
We are in the process of organizing our alumni chapters. We are holding a CLE January 5, 2017, in San Francisco for our Bay Area alumni in early January. We are in the process of getting our DC chapter organized. The kick-off event for that chapter will be the U.S. Supreme Court swearing in ceremony for our alumni on May 22, 2017. This swearing-in event will be a biennial event, occurring in odd-numbered years. We are also holding various events to get alumni chapters organized in Phoenix, Houston and Los Angeles. These chapters are going to be a way for our alumni in each geographical area connect with one another, trade tips and ideas on practice, be a ready referral base for case referrals to other alumni and for social events.
Last, I know law practice is changing and evolving. I watched the changes while I was still practicing and see the law school adapting to ensure our students are well-prepared to tackle the practice and be a benefit to their employers and clients. Much of the change is coming through technology. Go here *** for an article on the changing practice of law.
I hope to see you all at your reunions. I’d love to hear from you with any ideas, suggestions and comments. This is your school and we want to be available to you.