Columbia Law School celebrated the members of the Harlan Fiske Stone Society, the Law School’s most generous and ardent supporters, with a reception at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City on May 3. More than 200 guests attended, including Harlan Fiske Stone Society Co-Chairs Susan Waltman ’77 and Josh Schiller ’08 and Professor Jack Coffee.
The occasion also marked the introduction of the Harlan Fiske Stone Society Award, a newly established honor that recognizes an individual with consistent leadership in annual giving, volunteer service, and community engagement with the Law School. Dean Gillian Lester presented the inaugural award to Blair Fensterstock ’75 for his “unstinting commitment to Columbia Law School.”
“Always with a confident smile, always asking what more he can do, Blair is the ultimate Law School citizen who dedicates his time and energy to all of us,” said Dean Lester.
In his remarks, Fensterstock praised Dean Lester, saying, “You have continued the tradition of our great deans in making it an honor to be a graduate of Columbia Law School, and to give freely of our time, our effort, and our affection.”
Fensterstock, who was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and served on the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems as a Law School student, is the founder and managing partner of Fensterstock & Partners and is a leader in the legal and business communities, as well in philanthropic circles. Fensterstock has set an example with leadership Annual Fund gifts for two decades, co-chaired multiple reunions, and served on the Law School’s Board of Visitors.