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Virtual Reunion Schedule

In the spirit of Reunion–an opportunity to strengthen your bonds with classmates and with the Law School, we are excited to offer a four-day, comprehensive lineup of social and intellectual virtual programming. The schedule includes class gatherings, affinity group conversations, expert faculty and alumni presentations on leading legal topics, CLE credit, and more. We also are featuring a conversation with Dean Gillian Lester and Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger ’71, who celebrates his 50th Law School Reunion this year. 

Although you hail from different places and have pursued various career paths, Reunion is a time to celebrate the experience you share with all your fellow alumni–your time spent at Columbia Law School. We hope you can join your classmates for Reunion 2020 & 2021!

Please note that all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and all Reunion events will be held on Zoom. Advanced registration is required to receive Zoom access information.

Please take a moment to download and install the most recent Zoom updates. Some of the Zoom sessions at Virtual Reunion will utilize the most recent version of Zoom (like the option to self-select into breakout rooms), and older versions may not include these features.

Some sessions may be recorded. Virtual Reunion registration is open to Columbia Law School 2020 and 2021 Reunion celebrants. 

(Please note that registration for each individual session closes 2 hours before the session start time)

12 - 1 p.m. 
Virtual Reunion Kick-off Celebration: Dean Gillian Lester in conversation with President Lee C. Bollinger '71

Join Gillian Lester, Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger '71, celebrating his 50th Law School Reunion as they discuss Columbia Law School, its areas of continuing excellence in these extraordinary and challenging times, and their shared ambitions for the future of legal education.

Speakers:
Lee C. Bollinger ’71, President, Columbia University

Gillian Lester, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Event details for this Zoom Webinar will be provided upon your registration.   


3 - 4 p.m. 
LL.M. & International Alumni Gathering #1


Hear the latest news regarding the LL.M., Executive LL.M., and J.S.D. programs, and the exciting new structural shift formally bringing these graduate degree programs together into a single Office of Graduate Degree Programs (OGP).

Speakers:
Julie Sculli, Assistant Dean of the Office of Graduate Degree Programs, Columbia Law School

Jill M. Casal, Executive Director of the Office of Graduate Degree Programs, Columbia Law School

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration.   


5 - 6 p.m. 
CLE Discussion I: The U.S.-Japan Alliance: A Cornerstone of American Foreign and Defense Policy in East Asia

A discussion of differing interpretations of the role of international law in the U.S.-Japan alliance and the implications for regional security in East Asia on the 60th anniversary of the 1960 U.S.-Japan Security Treaty, with Matthew Waxman and Nobuhisa “Nobu” Ishizuka ’86.

Speakers: 
Nobuhisa Ishizuka ’86, Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Center for Japanese Legal Studies, Columbia Law School 

Matthew Waxman, Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Law School's National Security Law Program, Columbia Law School 

CLE Discussion I reading materials available for download

Masahiro Kurosaki, Legal Framework of Japan’s Self-Defense with the United States, in Strengthening the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Pathways for Bridging Law and Policy 28 (Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Masahiro Kurosaki, and Matthew C. Waxman eds., 2020), available at https://jls.law.columbia.edu/alliance

Matthew C. Waxman, Presidential Use of Force in East Asia: American Constitutional Law and the U.S.-Japan Alliance, in Strengthening the U.S.-Japan Alliance: Pathways for Bridging Law and Policy 48 (Nobuhisa Ishizuka, Masahiro Kurosaki, and Matthew C. Waxman eds., 2020), available at https://jls.law.columbia.edu/alliance

Attorney Affirmation Form for CLE Discussion I

Evaluation Form for CLE Discussion I


To Obtain CLE Credit for This Session

For New York CLE attendance verification purposes, any course codes announced during the program must be recorded on the "Attendance Affirmation Form" above. 

Following the program, please send the completed "Attendance Affirmation Form" (linked above) and the completed "Evaluation Form" (linked above) to the Reunion Office ([email protected]) by June 30, 2021.

Once approved, your CLE certificate will be emailed to your email address.

Information Regarding New York CLE Credits:
Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live simultaneous transmission non-transitional CLE Program will provide 1 credit hour that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice Requirement. This CLE credit is awarded only to New York attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of the program are not eligible for partial credit. Attendance is determined by an attorney's submission of their Attorney Attendance Affirmation with appropriate course codes noted. On submission of the Attorney Attendance Affirmation, attorneys also should submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided by the program organizers. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.

Event details for this Zoom Webinar will be provided upon your registration.    

(Please note that registration for each individual session closes 2 hours before the session start time)

10 – 11 a.m. 
CLE Discussion II: Latest Charitable Income Tax and Estate Planning Strategies

Conrad Teitell ’57 will discuss Charitable Income Tax and Estate Planning Strategies, including:

  • Taking the current tax and pandemic climate into account.
  • Charitable remainder trusts provide life income, capital gains savings, and tax benefits NOW for assets that pass to charity at death.
  • Remainders in personal residences give clients tax benefits NOW for the property that goes to charity at death.
  • Charitable lead annuity trusts (CLATs) for fat cats; Section 7520 rates are low.
  • Charitable gift annuities for skinny and average-size cats.

Speaker:  
Conrad L. Teitell ’57, Principal; Chair, Charitable Planning Group, Cummings & Lockwood LLC

CLE Discussion II reading materials available for download

Conrad Teitell, Latest Charitable Income Tax and Estate Planning Strategies (Cummings & Lockwood LLC, June 10, 2021). (https://www.cl-law.com/professionals/conrad-teitell#insights)

Attorney Affirmation Form for CLE Discussion II

Evaluation Form for CLE Discussion II

To Obtain CLE Credit for This Session

For New York CLE attendance verification purposes, any course codes announced during the program must be recorded on the "Attendance Affirmation Form" above. 

Following the program, please send the completed "Attendance Affirmation Form" (linked above) and the completed "Evaluation Form" (linked above) to the Reunion Office ([email protected]) by June 30, 2021.

Once approved, your CLE certificate will be emailed to your email address.

Information Regarding New York CLE Credits:
Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live simultaneous transmission non-transitional CLE Program will provide 1 credit hour that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice Requirement. This CLE credit is awarded only to New York attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of the program are not eligible for partial credit. Attendance is determined by an attorney's submission of their Attorney Attendance Affirmation with appropriate course codes noted. On submission of the Attorney Attendance Affirmation, attorneys also should submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided by the program organizers. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.   


Event details for this Zoom Webinar will be provided upon your registration.


2 – 3 p.m. 
Meet Columbia Law Journal Editors-in-Chief

Join the outgoing editors of some of the Law School's most prominent student journals to discuss topics on which they have focused this year in their journals. The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A. 

Moderator:
Jennifer Braden, Assistant Director of Academic Counseling and Student Support, Columbia Law School 

Speakers:

Oluwatumise Asebiomo '21
2020 - 2021 Editor in Chief
Columbia Law Review

Nicolás Quaid Galván '21
2020 - 2021 Editor in Chief
Columbia Journal of Race and Law

Morgan Marmaro '21
2020 - 2021 Editor in Chief  
Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems

Anahi Mendoza Pacheco '22
2021 - 2022 Editor in Chief
Human Rights Law Review

Gregory Smith '21
2020 - 2021 Editor in Chief
Columbia Journal of Environmental Law

Journals Most Recent Issues Available Online:

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration.     


5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Alumni Leader Spotlights: "CLS Goes to Washington"

Since President Joe Biden took office, on January 20, 2021, members of the Columbia Law alumni community were appointed to serve in his administration. Meet some of the newest leaders in Washington as they give 15-minute talks. Rachel Pauley will moderate the discussion and then open the floor to your questions.

Moderator: 
Rachel Salem Pauley, Director of Government Programs & Lecturer in Law, Social Justice Initiative, Columbia Law School 

Speakers:
Dimple Chaudhary ’05Deputy General Counsel, Nationwide Resource Protection Programs, Environmental Protection Agency 

Nicholas L. McQuaid ’05Acting Assistant Attorney General, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Department of Justice

Jennifer Sokoler '10, former policy advisor to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, Attorney in the White House Counsel's Office in Conversation with  Gillian Metzger '96, Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law, Co-Director, Center for Constitutional Governance, Columbia Law School; currently on leave to work at the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice.

Event details for this Zoom Webinar will be provided upon your registration.   


8 – 9 p.m. 
LGBTQIA+ Alumni Gathering: The Current State of LGBTQ Rights

Professor Katherine Franke, Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, will provide an update on the status of the Equality Act in Congress, LGBTQ rights litigation in the Supreme Court (including the use of religious liberty claims to undermine recent victories in the Court), and anti-trans bills introduced in state legislatures across the country. Audience Q&A to follow. 

Speaker:
Katherine M. Franke, James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School 

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration.   

(Please note that registration for each individual session closes 2 hours before the session start time)


11 a.m. – Noon  
LL.M. & International Alumni Gathering #2


Hear the latest news regarding the LL.M., Executive LL.M., and J.S.D. programs, and the exciting new structural shift formally bringing these graduate degree programs together into a single Office of Graduate Degree Programs (OGP).

Speakers:
Julie Sculli, Assistant Dean of the Office of Graduate Degree Programs, Columbia Law School

Jill M. Casal, Executive Director of the Office of Graduate Degree Programs, Columbia Law School

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration.   


3 – 4 p.m. 

25th Reunion Classes Special Milestone Event  

As we celebrate and recognize this special milestone, we will hear from Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus Lance Liebman, Dean of the Law School 1991-1996 with Q&A to follow. 

Speaker:
Lance LiebmanWilliam S. Beinecke Professor of Law Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, Columbia Law School 

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration. 

(Please note that registration for each individual session closes 2 hours before the session start time)

8 – 9 a.m.   
LL.M. & International Alumni Gathering #3

Hear the latest news regarding the LL.M., Executive LL.M., and J.S.D. programs, and the exciting new structural shift formally bringing these graduate degree programs together into a single Office of Graduate Degree Programs (OGP).

Speakers:
Julie Sculli, Assistant Dean of the Office of Graduate Degree Programs, Columbia Law School

Jill M. Casal, Executive Director of the Office of Graduate Degree Programs, Columbia Law School

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration.    


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.   

Reunion Celebration Keynote Event

A Conversation with Roberta "Robbie" Kaplan '91
Moderated by Professor Susan Sturm

with an Opening Welcome by Dean Gillian Lester

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that this event has been cancelled.


11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
CLE Discussion III: Her Seat at the Table: Women in Senior Leadership and the C-Suite


Professor Alexandra Carter '03, Clinical Professor of Law, will moderate a CLE panel discussion focused on senior and C-Suite women and the way their perspectives influence a firm or company’s direction, innovation, and success. 

Moderator: 
Alexandra Carter '03, Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School 

Speakers:
Iris S. Chen '01, Deputy General Counsel, Airbnb, Inc.

Andrea G. Cohen '95, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, NYC Health + Hospitals

Carletta F. Higginson '03, Director, Global Head of Music Publishing, YouTube

CLE Discussion III reading materials available for download

Reading Materials:
CLE Discussion III - Her Seat at the Table Women in Senior Leadership and the C-Suite

Attorney Affirmation Form for CLE Discussion III

Evaluation Form for CLE Discussion III

To Obtain CLE Credit for This Session

For New York CLE attendance verification purposes, any course codes announced during the program must be recorded on the "Attendance Affirmation Form" above. 

Following the program, please send the completed "Attendance Affirmation Form" (linked above) and the completed "Evaluation Form" (linked above) to the Reunion Office ([email protected]) by June 30, 2021.

Once approved, your CLE certificate will be emailed to your email address.

Information Regarding New York CLE Credits:
Columbia Law School has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board as an Accredited Provider of CLE programs. Under New York State CLE regulations, this live simultaneous transmission non-transitional CLE Program will provide 1 credit hour that can be applied toward the Areas of Professional Practice Requirement. This CLE credit is awarded only to New York attorneys for full attendance of the Program in its entirety. Attorneys attending only part of the program are not eligible for partial credit. Attendance is determined by an attorney's submission of their Attorney Attendance Affirmation with appropriate course codes noted. On submission of the Attorney Attendance Affirmation, attorneys also should submit their completed Evaluation Form, provided by the program organizers. Please note the NYS Certificates of Attendance will be sent to the email address as it appears in the register unless otherwise noted there.   

Event details for this Zoom Webinar will be provided upon your registration.   


2 – 3:30 p.m.   
Career Development Roundtable: Exploration and Advice for the New Normal

Alumni at all stages go through transitions in their career development. Take advantage of the lifelong benefits of being a Columbia Law graduate by joining this career exploration opportunity.

Network with alumni from different class years and from different legal sectors who can discuss how they navigated their own transitions to get where they are now. Connect with staff from the Offices of  Career Services and Social Justice Initiatives (SJI) to learn about the career and educational resources available to alumni. 


Facilitators:
Stephen L. Buchman ’62, Of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and Associate Director of Career Advising, Office of Career Services, Columbia Law School

Madeleine L. KurtzDirector of Public Interest Professional Development, Social Justice Initiatives (SJI), Columbia Law School  

Julie Anna Alvarez Rivera, J.D., Director of Alumni and International Career Services, Columbia Law School    

Alison Sherwin ’04, Associate Director, Graduate Degree Programs, Columbia Law School

Alumni Anchors:

Matthew Batters ’06, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with Arvinas, Inc.

Kyu-Won Choi '10 LL.M.Customer Success Architect, DocuSign

Joseph J. DiMona '86, Former Vice President, Legal Affairs, Broadcast Music, Inc.

David P. Eisman '95, Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Frank Elderson ’95, LL.M., Member of the Executive Board & Vice-Chair of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB). Chair of the Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial Systems (NGFS) 

Kinara Ann Flagg ’11, Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Mai Ratakonda '11Senior Staff Attorney, Public Policy Litigation and Law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Suzanne Rosencrans ’90, Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel, Black Label Media

Please also note that this session will utilize the most recent version of Zoom (like the option to self-select into breakout rooms), and older versions may not include these features. Please take a moment to download and install the most recent Zoom updates.

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration.   


4 – 4:45 p.m.   
Alumni of Color Networking Event for Reunion Celebrants

Reunion celebrants are welcomed to join the open conversations together! Visit one or more of these networking spaces during the session to chat with alumni affiliates of the following groups, and meet our newest graduate members:

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)Black Law Students Association (BLSA)Empowering Women of Color (EWOC)Latinx Law Students Association (LaLSA), and South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA)

Please also note that this session will utilize the most recent version of Zoom (like the option to self-select into breakout rooms), and older versions may not include these features. Please take a moment to download and install the most recent Zoom updates.

Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration. 


6 – 7 p.m.   
50th Reunion & Stone Circle Milestone Event

Dean Lester commemorates this milestone and recognizes the 50th Reunion Classes, 1970 & 1971, as our newest members of The Stone Circle; followed by a discussion with Professor Bert Huang on his research into whether people believe what federal judges say in politically salient cases.

Speakers:
Bert HuangMichael I. Sovern Professor of Law, Columbia Law School

Gillian Lester, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  
Event details for this Zoom Meeting will be provided upon your registration.   

Virtual Video Tour of Columbia Law School
Go on a virtual visit to Manhattan’s vibrant Morningside Heights neighborhood and explore Columbia Law School on the historic Columbia University campus.

Law in the Time of COVID-19 
This free e-book, published on April 20, 2020, features contributions by 18 Columbia Law scholars and delves into the legal issues around COVID-19—including elections, privacy, prisoners’ rights, bankruptcy, the environment, force majeure in contracts, and public health law.

"Law in the Time of COVID-19" features essays by legal scholars that offer insights for thinking about and tackling related emerging issues. Conceived of and spearheaded by Katharina Pistor, Edwin B. Parker Professor of Comparative Law and director of the Center on Global Legal Transformation, the book was produced in only a few weeks.  As Pistor explains in her introduction, the publication is meant to serve as a useful reference, not an academic treatise. “This volume was put together quickly; it is a response to what we perceived to be an urgent need for more legal information and analysis in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Beyond “Unprecedented”: The Post-Pandemic Economy
In Columbia Law School’s new podcast, hosted by Professor Eric Talley, hear from leading experts as they chart a course for economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic and suggest new ways of approaching law, policy, and governance.

For optimal Zoom user experience, please note these best practices:

  • To pro-actively troubleshoot connectivity issues, be sure to restart your computer before the meeting and install the most recent Zoom updates.
  • In early June, you will receive a comprehensive "Welcome to Virtual Reunion" email containing your personalized Zoom links for ALL of your registered sessions. Join the Zoom meeting or webinar from your computer, tablet, or mobile device using the links in this email to launch the Zoom application and bring you into the session.
  • One hour prior to each registered session, you will also receive a reminder email containing your Zoom link and session password for that individual session. If you must dial in via phone, you may do so using the dial-in number, meeting ID, and password in the reminder email.
  • Note that when you join the Zoom meeting or webinar, you will be admitted to a "waiting room" until the meeting begins.

Please direct any inquiries about Zoom links or access to Columbia Law School Reunion Office at [email protected].
 


Accessibility Guide for Using the Live Transcript on Zoom
Live transcripts will be available during the Virtual Reunion sessions.

Windows | mac OS | Web (Desktop or Laptop)

  • Join a meeting or webinar.
  • When enabled by the host, you will see a notification above Live Transcript in the meeting controls, informing you that this service is available.
  • Click Live Transcript and then select Show Subtitle.

Note: The provided subtitles can be clicked and dragged to move their position in the meeting window. To adjust the caption size: 

  • Click the up ^ next to Start Video / Stop Video
  • Click Video Settings then Accessibility.
  • Move the slider to adjust the caption size.  

Android | iOS (Tablets or Smart Phones)

  • Sign in to the Zoom mobile app.
  • Tap the More button.
  • Tap Meeting Settings button.
  • Toggle Closed Captioning to on. When you are in a meeting where live transcription is available, it will automatically appear on the bottom of the screen. 

Note: Live transcription is not yet available on ChromeOS or Linux.

Inquires or questions regarding the Reunion Programming

Please contact the Reunion Office.