Frequently Asked Questions
The Columbia Law School community looks forward to welcoming you back to New York City and Morningside Heights.
Are there special rates for accommodations?
Mention your Columbia University affiliation to receive special rates at the hotels listed below.
What is the recommended attire?
Business attire is recommended for Friday afternoon and evening events. Casual dress is suggested for Saturday daytime activities. Cocktail attire is recommended for Saturday evening. Casual attire is suggested for Sunday brunch.
Can I cancel my reservation and receive a full refund?
A full refund can be granted only if we receive your request by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017. After this time, refunds cannot be granted. For the standard Columbia Law School refund policy, please see our E-Commerce page. Due to certain space limitations, however, as well as for optimal planning overall, we appreciate cancellation notifications at any time.
Are there childcare options available?
Baby Sitters' Guild
60 East 42nd Street
In business for over half a century, the Guild can dispatch a bilingual sitter (16 languages are represented), or one with a nursing background, to all five boroughs. Rates start at $34 per hour and vary based on the age and number of children. Sitters are 25 or older. There is a minimum of four hours, plus $4.50 for travel costs until midnight and $10 thereafter. ($5 more per hour for foreign-language-speaking sitters.)
Barnard Babysitting Service
Barnard College, Elliot Hall
Undergraduate students use this babysitting program to make a few extra dollars while they are in school. Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island families must register before requesting a babysitter, and should give at least two days notice. Rates average $10 to $15 per hour with a two-hour minimum; families are expected to pay for meals and transportation after 9 p.m.
Pinch Sitters started over 25 years ago, providing temporary babysitting service. Sitters charge $22 per hour with a four-hour minimum (in cash), plus additional transportation fees after 9 p.m. (up to to $15). For cancellations with less than 24-hour notice, there is a $45 fee. Families may share a sitter and rates are determined by the number of children and their ages. Services are available in Manhattan and select areas of Queens and Brooklyn. Same-day requests are taken with a two-hour turnaround time (if a sitter is available). All sitters have at least three years of experience, have background and reference checks, and are English-speaking, professional women between the ages of 23 and 45.
Can I bring my children to Reunion?
Our Saturday Summer Picnic Luncheon under the Ancel Plaza Tent and our new Sunday Brunch are family-friendly and will include clowns, face painters, and balloon artists—children are most welcome! There will also be a hospitality snack table in Jerome Greene Hall on Saturday with drinks and light snacks available. Other Reunion Weekend events are more suitable for adults, such as the Panel Discussions and evening Class Receptions and Dinners.
Read more about childcare options.
Do I need to register for my class dinner?
Yes! Your class dinner is a seated event and space is limited–be sure to register in advance! We can accept walk-in attendees on a space-available basis, but we strongly encourage you to register by Friday, June 9, 2017.
Where can I purchase Columbia Law School memorabilia?
For those wishing to purchase Columbia memorabilia, the Columbia University Bookstore, located at 2922 Broadway at 115th Street on the lower level of Lerner Hall, will be open on Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 212-854-4131, or visit the Columbia Bookstore online for more information. All major credit cards are accepted.
There will also be a Columbia University Bookstore pop-up table in Jerome Greene Hall on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Can I receive Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit during Reunion weekend?
Application for New York accreditation of this program will be pending until closer to the date. Please see the Panels and Discussions page for times and locations of these panels.
Attorneys wishing to receive CLE credit must sign the register both prior to and following the CLE program.
Further information regarding CLE credit will be forthcoming.
What do I do if I have a dietary restriction?
Kosher and vegetarian food options will be available at each Reunion meal. To ensure that the dietary needs of all of our guests are met, please return your registration form, with your food preferences and restrictions noted, by Friday, June 9, 2017.
Guide to New York City
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Is parking available?
Parking in the Morningside Heights area can be difficult. We strongly encourage you to use public transportation. However, limited parking is available in the vicinity of the Law School (116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue) as listed below. You may also check nyc.bestparking.com for parking garages in the neighborhood (often with discounts or coupons).
Claremont Parking Corporation
480 Riverside Drive
(Entrance on West 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive)
E & B Operating Corporation
143 West 108th Street
(between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)
512 West 112th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
Pro Park America
1090 Amsterdam Avenue
(between 113th and 114th Streets)
532 West 122nd Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
West Side Parking
234 West 108th Street
(between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks drawn from U.S. branches of U.S. banks. We cannot accept payments via money order, travelers check, or checks drawn from foreign banks.
Reunion fees and gift monies are processed separately and result in separate charges. If you are paying by check and including a gift, separate checks are gratefully received.
Is there a professional photographer and videographer during Reunion weekend?
Photographers and videographers will be present throughout Reunion weekend. Columbia Law School retains the right to publish content in any format or media without additional permission from the individuals in the photos or videos.
What if I am religiously observant during Reunion?
Our Reunion programming, with morning, afternoon, and evening activities scheduled throughout the weekend, is designed to provide opportunities for cultural, professional, and social interaction with classmates for observant alumni of all faiths.
Do I need to register for Reunion weekend in advance?
We can accept walk-in attendees on a space-available basis, but we strongly encourage pre-registering for Reunion 2017 by the June 9 deadline so we may better accommodate you. In addition, your seated class dinner and many of our social and cultural events have only a limited number of places and require preregistration for a reservation. Please note that some of our events occur simultaneously and should be scheduled accordingly. OFFICIAL REGISTRATION will open in the spring!
What is the Stone Circle?
The Stone Circle honors alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. It is named for the Hon. Harlan Fiske Stone, who graduated from Columbia Law School in 1898, served on the Columbia Law School faculty from 1902 to 1905, and led the Law School as dean from 1910 to 1924. Later he became attorney general of the United States (1924), associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1925), and chief justice (1941).
The Stone Circle was established by Columbia Law School alumni as a jovial gathering of graduates and friends who recalled fondly the era when Harlan Fiske Stone was dean. Today we invite alumni to join the Stone Circle on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Stone Circle members are a distinguished and vibrant part of our alumni community; they gather together at a luncheon each fall to welcome new members and celebrate dear friends.
What should I do if I or one of my family has special needs?
Should you require assistance during your visit to campus, we would be pleased to help you. To ensure we have adequate time to prepare, please contact us no later than the registration deadline, June 9, 2017. Direct all requests to the Reunion Office at 212-854-0533.
How do I get to the Columbia campus on public transportation?
Please remember that the only subway line that stops at 116th Street and Broadway is the 1. The M11 bus travels up Amsterdam Avenue and stops at 116th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, and the M104 bus travels up Broadway and stops at 116th Street and Broadway. The M4 bus travels up Madison Avenue, crosses on 110th Street, and then turns up Broadway and makes a stop at 116th Street. The Waldorf Astoria's nearest station is the 51st Street Station on the #6 line.
Yellow taxis can be flagged from most city streets at any time of the day or night. In addition, new Boro Taxis can be flagged in the outer boroughs and in Manhattan above 96th Street. They are recognizable by their apple-green color.
A New York City wheelchair-accessible taxi can be requested by: calling the 311 operator; calling the dispatch center directly at 646-599-9999; texting a request to 646-400-0789; using the mobile app “Wheels on Wheels;” or ordering online.
How can I find out what my UNI is? (And what is a UNI?)
Should you need either to discover and activate your UNI or to remind yourself of it, you can look it up online, or, alternatively, we would be pleased to assist you. (Tip: Once you have your UNI, make sure to enter its letters in lowercase.)
To look up your UNI online, please visit the Columbia Alumni Association's Help with Your UNI page. (You can also use this page to request a password re-set, if you have forgotten it.) To reach the Reunion Office for assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-0533.
The term "UNI," which is short for University Network ID, is your virtual ID for the Columbia system, equivalent to a username or log-on on other systems. It is preassigned to you by the University's IT department, based on your initials (at the time of creation/during your studenthood) and an arbitrary number. If you did not have a UNI as a student, you do have one now; if you did have a UNI as a student, it is almost always your UNI as an alumna/us.