Columbia Law School Celebrates 150th At Waldorf Lunch

H. F. Lenfest to Receive 2008 Medal For Excellence
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James O’Neill 212-854-1584  Cell: 646-596-2935
January 18, 2008 (NEW YORK) – H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest ’58, president of the Lenfest Foundation, will receive Columbia Law School’s most prestigious award during the 2008 Winter Luncheon as the Law School kicks off a series of domestic events to mark its sesquicentennial.
The luncheon, at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York, will also honor Columbia Law School deans: Michael Sovern (1970-1979), Albert Rosenthal (1979-1984), Benno Schmidt (1984-1986), Barbara Aronstein Black (1986-1991), Lance Liebman (1991-1996) and David Leebron (1996-2004).
 as well as the Law School’s alumni who are judges.
WHAT: Columbia Law School 150th Anniversary Luncheon and awarding of the Medal for Excellence to H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest ’58
WHEN: 12 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2008
WHERE: The Waldorf=Astoria Grand Ballroom, Third Floor, 301 Park Avenue, New York City
Media interested in covering the event must contact James O’Neill in advance at 212-854-1584 or [email protected].
H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest has given $33 million to the Law School, including more than $15 million to build Lenfest Hall, the Law School’s premier residence hall, which opened in 2003. He and his wife, Marguerite Lenfest, created the Lenfest Foundation in 2000.
The Medal for Excellence, Columbia Law School’s most prestigious award, is presented annually to alumni and past or present faculty who exemplify the qualities of character, intellect and social and professional responsibility that the Law School seeks to instill in its students. For a full list of past recipients, click here.
Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School joins traditional strengths in international and comparative law, constitutional law, administrative law, business law and human rights law with pioneering work in the areas of intellectual property, digital technology, sexuality and gender, and criminal law.
For a timeline history of Columbia Law School, click here. For other events scheduled around the world to mark the Law School’s sesquicentennial, click here.