Graduates of all stripes returned to Columbia Law School this past summer for Reunion 2012, a two-day event that featured discussions, tours, and reconnecting. This year’s Reunion weekend celebrated 14 graduating classes: those ranging from 1942 to 2007 and including members of all class years ending in either a two or a seven.
Members of all honored classes kicked things off on Friday evening with an inclusive group affair that allowed guests of all ages to mingle and converse over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Waldorf=Astoria.
The next day, Dean David M. Schizer presented his state of the Law School address to the graduates, touting curricular innovations and the growing roster of faculty members as two of the Law School’s most exciting recent achievements.
Over the course of the weekend, graduates took part in several panel discussions related to of-the-moment legal issues. For instance, Reunion 2012’s most honored guests, members of the Stone Circle—a group that includes those who graduated from the Law School in or prior to 1962—hosted a discussion for their fellow classmates on the use of neuroscience in the courtroom.
Graduates attended tours of the Museum of Modern Art, the Waldorf=Astoria, the New York Public Library, and the Law School. On Saturday afternoon, a barbeque was held in the Jerome Greene Annex, followed by a mentoring session in the Faculty House. The Law School’s most recent graduates—the Class of 2012—were invited to join this session and glean advice from fellow graduates.
As always, the highlights of Reunion were the personal connections made during the weekend. Back at Columbia Law School for her 50th reunion, New York Supreme Court Justice Rena K. Uviller ’62 ran into a couple she married 30 years earlier. Patrice Jean ’02, a member of the Reunion 2012 committee, brought her new son to campus as one of her guests. Darren Jerome “D.J.” Collins Jr. was born in October 2011 on a night when Jean went into labor during a Reunion leadership cocktail reception.
“Friends teased D.J. about how he wanted to go to law school and just couldn’t wait,” Jean said.
The weekend came to a close on Saturday night, as members of all returning classes joined together for dessert and dancing in the Roone Arledge Auditorium.