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. 

We hope you enjoyed the Virtual Reunion Celebration programming and connecting with your classmates. If you missed a virtual event session, please view our video library!

Also, please join the School’s new networking platform, Columbia LawLink, which is open to all graduates and is an opportunity to make connections throughout the Columbia Law community - and so much more!

In addition to finding classmates and colleagues in your region or legal sector, you can also sign up to mentor students. Current students will be invited to join in the fall and will be able to connect with alumni who offer to serve as mentors.

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 

Class of 1981 - Look Back Slide

We were not able to gather on campus this past June as is customary for our Reunion gathering. However, in the spirit of connection and catching up, we, your 40th Reunion Committee members, organized several virtual gatherings to stay in touch as we celebrated our 40th Reunion.  

September Virtual Gathering
Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 7 - 8 p.m. EDT

1981 Classmate Panel Discussion:
"Embarking On A Second Career Or Volunteer Opportunity"


Maria Foscarinis '81

Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School
Founder and Former Executive Director of the National Homelessness Law Center (formerly known as the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty)


The Reverend Mercedes Busto '81

Pastor, St. Matthew the Apostle Episcopal Church

F. Jay Dougherty '81
Professor Emeritus of Law and Director Emeritus, Entertainment & New Media Law Institute & Concentration Program, Loyola Law School

Julie Anna Alvarez Rivera
Director of Alumni and International Career Services,
Office of Career Services, Columbia Law School

Stephen Buchman '62
Associate Director of Career Advising,
Office of Career Services, Columbia Law Schoo

Tory Messina
Senior Career Advisor,
Office of Social Justice Initiatives, Columbia Law School  

If you missed the second virtual class gathering, please view the recording! 

Alumni of Color Event 
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 4 - 5 p.m. EDT

Featuring Remarks by your classmate Juan Cartagena ’81, President and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

If you missed the Alumni of Color event featuring Juan Cartagena ’81, please view the recording! 

May Virtual Gathering
Friday, May 7, 2021, from 4 - 5:30 p.m. EDT

1981 Classmate Panel Discussion:
"How Law School Teaching has Changed from 1981 to Present and the Role of Law Teachers in Shaping Political and Social Change"


Alexander B. Murphy
Professor of Geography, Rippey Chair in Liberal Arts & Sciences Department of Geography, University of Oregon


Susan N. Gary
Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Oregon 

Peter S. Margulies
Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law

Diane F. Orentlicher
Professor of International Law, American University, Washington College of Law

Barbara Wagner
Adjunct Professor,  Former Assistant Professor, and Director, Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic, Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law

If you missed the second virtual class gathering, please view the recording! 

March Virtual Gathering
Friday, March 12, 2021, 3 - 4:30 p.m. EST

1981 Classmate Panel Featuring:

The Hon. Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Judge

The Hon. Mary V. Rosado
New York State Supreme Court, Civil Term, Justice

The Hon. Richard Seeborg
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Chief United States District Judge

The Hon. Joseph C. Spero
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Chief United States Magistrate Judge


Professor Bruce A. Green

Fordham University School of Law, Professor of Law

If you missed the first virtual class gathering, please view the recording! 

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

Timothy J. Alvino
Annette L. Nazareth
Mozelle W. Thompson

Laura Pula Cook
Alfred G. Feliu
Lori Faye Fischler
Andrew J. Frackman
Marisa F. Jacobs
Steven J. Mastrovich, Jr.
Jane W. Meisel
Deborah R. Meshulam
James B. Moorhead
B. Kathleen Munguia
Mary V. Rosado
Barbara Wagner

Share an update in our 40th Reunion Virtual Book! This is a great way to reconnect, so we hope you will share your story.

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].

Adimu M. Amili
Robert Art
Michael P. Bannan
Veronica Blake-Greenaway
David T. Bonk
Brian Arrington Boyd
Victoria L. Caras
Jean-Roland Coste
Aleta G. Estreicher
Gonzalo Gomez-Mont
Josiah T. Greenberg
Robert S. Havely
Eric M. Holmes
Christine Rothe Hoth
Robert E. Hurley
David Raymond Iny
David L. Jacobson
Janet C. Jacobson
Richard A. Lauderbaugh
Gary Marc Plotkin
Bruce I. Regal
Robert P. Rothman
Richard L. Schwartz
Leigh R. Shields
Virginia P. Sikes
Richard S. Simon
Leonard P. Stewart III
Victor H. Tyus

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.

Antonio Betancourt
Stephan D. Hase, LL.M.
Molly Bruce Jacobs
Carol K. Lackenbach
Gerald A. Lanus
James Frederick F. Penrose, LL.M.
Elisabeth U. Peruci, LL.M.
Susan D. Saunders
Alejandro J. Sepulveda de la Fuente, LL.M.

Inquires or questions regarding the Reunion Programming

Please contact the Reunion Office.