As you sustain and strengthen your bonds as a virtual community, we hope you will enjoy this "virtual visit" and look back at your graduation year. 

While virtual gatherings enable our alumni to connect with the Law School and with each other, we know that Reunion is traditionally a time to return to campus to socialize with old friends over cocktails and dinner, and we recognize that this year's virtual celebration cannot replace those familiar gatherings. In addition to the virtual events in June, we are looking forward to hosting you in person in the fall with a special Reunion Class Dinner for you and your classmates – circumstances permitting. Please continue to visit your class webpage for updates!
 
Check back here for updated information about an in person gathering this fall!
 


Top 10 Billboard Hits

Reminisce Law School days with these top 10 Billboard hits from your graduation year! 

To listen to the full playlist, log in to Spotify, a digital music service, by clicking the white icon in the top right corner of the embedded player. Then use your account credentials to log in, or create a new account.

A Look Back 

Look Back Slide - Class of 1986

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend Virtual Reunion 20/21

Click to see why you should attend Virtual Reunion 20/21!

Spend some time with classmates, outstanding faculty and alumni speakers, the newest alumni from the class of 2021, and Dean Gillian Lester in the virtual space for Reunion 2020/2021 this June! Take advantage of this opportunity to join whichever virtual events and programs interest you and celebrate your mutual connections to your Law School and to each other.

Visit with old friends and make new ones, strengthen your personal and professional networks, and grow the collective resources of this robust alumni community via this unique Virtual Reunion event. We hope to see you there!

As you can imagine, we will not gather on campus this June as is customary for our Reunion gathering. However, in the spirit of connection and catching up, we, your 35th Reunion Committee members, are organizing a series of "Toaster Talks" to stay in touch as we celebrate our 35th Reunion. We do hope you will join us monthly throughout the Spring for these classmate-led conversations!

May Virtual Gathering 
Thursday, May 20, 2021, at 5 PM (EDT)

"A Judicial Perspective on the Work of the Courts"

Featuring : 
The Hon. Gerard E. Lynch '75, United States Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Paul J. Kellner Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
The Hon. Peter H. Moulton '86, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, First Department
The Hon. Catherine D. Shaffer '86, Superior Court Judge, King County, Washington

Please register for this virtual gathering on Zoom. Advanced registration is required to receive Zoom access information.


April Virtual Gathering
Wednesday, April 28, 2021

"Diversity in the Legal Profession From 1986 to the Present"

Featuring : 
Sheila S. Boston '93, 
Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and President, New York City Bar Association
Lorraine S. McGowen '86, Management Committee Member & Global Partner In Charge, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
James O’Neal, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Legal Outreach
Lorena Rodriguez '21, J.D. Candidate at Columbia Law School 

If you missed the fourth installment of Class of 1986 "Toaster Talks," please view the recording! 

March Virtual Gathering
Wednesday, March 24, 2021

"
Protecting the Rights of Authors and Artists: New Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law”

Featuring: 
Cheryl L. Davis '86,
General Counsel, The Authors Guild 
Jane C. Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary & Artistic Property Law and Faculty Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts 
Philippa Loengard, Deputy Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts and Lecturer in Law
Scott Martin, LL.M. '86, Deputy General Counsel, EVP, Paramount Pictures 

Moderator: 
Heather Dembert Rafter '86,
Principal, RafterMarsh US 
Proud contributor to the Columbia Annual Fund and Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts


If you missed the third installment of Class of 1986 "Toaster Talks," please view the recording! 

February Virtual Gathering
Thursday, February 25, 2021

"What will Criminal Justice and Public Safety Look Like in the 21st Century?"

Featuring: 
Elizabeth Glazer '86, 
Former Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice
Renita Francois, Executive Director, Mayor's Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety
Bruce Western, Bryce Professor of Sociology and Social Justice and Co-Director of the Justice Lab, Columbia University.

Description: 
This past summer saw 25 million people take to the streets over issues of race and police brutality as the pandemic raged with particularly harsh effects in communities of color.  At the same time, almost every large American city struggled with a large spike in gun violence.  What do these converging issues tell us about the way forward to create well-being and safety?  To what degree are the police the central driver of safety and to what degree is access to opportunity?  Panelists will discuss how these forces are playing out in NYC and nationally.

If you missed the second installment of Class of 1986 "Toaster Talks," please view the recording! 

January Virtual Class Gathering
Thursday, January 28, 2021

With 40 classmates in attendance, this discussion was moderated by Nina Gardner and featured Professor Edward “Ned” FoleyProfessor Richard Briffault, and classmate Richard Bernstein

If you missed the initial installment of Class of 1986 "Toaster Talks," please view the recording

For any questions regarding these events, please contact Irma Frias at [email protected].

Share an update in our 35th Reunion Virtual Book! This is a great way to reconnect, so we hope you will share your story.

We thank the Reunion Class Committee for their dedication and commitment to Columbia Law School.

Co-Chairs
Carol Turobiner Finley
Jonathan L. Walcoff

Committee 
Debra A. Dandeneau
Douglas A. Doetsch
David A. Einhorn
Nina J. Luzzatto Gardner
J. Mark Gidley
Ronald D. Holman II
Nobuhisa Ishizuka
Young-Cheol Jeong
Judith Frank Mandelbaum
Peter H. Moulton
Ronald O. Mueller
Mark A. Nelson
Heather Dembert Rafter
Carmen G. Rodriguez
Charles K. Whitehead

Reunion is a special time for graduates to support Columbia Law School together as a class. While our Reunion festivities may look a bit different this year, the work of Columbia Law School and its needs remain.

If you are in a position to make a Reunion gift, we hope you will do so in a way that is personally meaningful to you. Participation, in any form, makes all the difference to students, faculty, and the greater Columbia Law School community.

In remembrance of those we have lost, the Class Committee wishes to note with sadness the passing of our classmates below. Should you have news of a classmate's death, please contact [email protected].

Matthew B. Bartley
Francis L. Blaschka
Paul L. Crist
Carlos J. Cruz
Armando de Leon-Vargas
Daisy H. Dwyer
Joseph R. Egan
Janet Ellis-Meiman
Marlene Garcia
Willemina Maria Grootenhuis
Michael J. Humphrey
Timothy Edwin McGinty
Anne T. Pontrelli
Joel R. Reidenberg
Deirdre A. Roney
Richard A. Sarnoff
Darrell J. Stremler
Kimla C. Wilkins-Johnson
Martin A. Wright
 

We have lost contact with the following classmatescan you help us reconnect?

If you are in touch with anyone on the list below, please let them know to send their contact information to the Reunion Office ([email protected]) so that they can receive Law School-related updates.

Leah D. Allen
Cinzia M. Campanini
Jean-Christophe Castera
Nancy M. Ferguson-Guttenberg
John M. Leahy
Lynn McLaren
Stephen Nelson
Michael F. Paris
Lisa Sandoz Robinson
Lawrence Silverstein
Franco Vigliano

Inquires or questions regarding the Reunion Programming

Please contact the Reunion Office.