Annual Alumni Reunion Undergoes Changes, Hopes to Triple Attendees

by Madiha Malik

UConn Law School’s Annual Reunion, set to take place on Saturday, June 7, has undergone significant changes this year and as a result, is planned to be a larger and more event-filled gathering.

Among the changes implemented, for the first time the school is hosting a “Cluster Reunion,” inviting not only the target classes traditionally included, but also the years directly before and after the target class, tripling the number of invitees.

Law School Director of External Relations Julia Dunlop said the change was proposed by Law School Dean Timothy Fisher in attempts to connect more alumni who target classes may have known during their time at the law school.

Also for the first time this year, alumni attending the reunion will be offered a selection of three panels they can choose from to attend.  Panel topics include Media and Human Rights, the 2008 Meltdown, and New Models of Legal Services Delivery.

“We have such a great range of talent among our faculty and I have heard often from lawyers that they would like greater connection with our intellectual community. I saw the reunion as an opportunity to showcase some of our scholars to our alumni when they are back on campus,” said Fisher.

Among the panelists are Molly Land, Professor of Law and Human Rights, a new addition to the law school this year, as well as several other esteemed panelists ranging from practicing attorneys to law school professors and community leaders including Katherine Kane, Executive Director of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

“We made an effort to choose a cross-section of topics for the three afternoon programs, hoping that between them they would offer something to every one of our returning alumni and their spouses or guests,” Fisher explained.

Fisher said the panel discussions are the most significant change to the reunion this year.

Following the panels, Fisher will be giving a “State of the School” address, sharing points covered in the recent Year in Review talk. The keynote speaker this year is actor and UConn Law Alumnus, Beau Billingslea, ’69, who will share anecdotes from his career in Hollywood and how he has been able to use his law degree in nontraditional ways.

The keynote address will be followed by a cocktail party featuring a cash bar and buffet style dinner served by Krause Catering of East Hartford. Tickets to the Annual Reunion are $80 per person and are open to all alumni as well as current UConn Law students. Classes of 1963 and before that have passed the 50th reunion milestone are invited to attend the reunion for free.

Further details are available at law.uconn.edu/reunion2014. For questions regarding the reunion, contact Julia Dunlop at 860-570-5149.

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