Celebration of Black Alumni 2011

September 16 - 18, 2011

3rd Celebration of Black Alumni - Cambridge, MA

Approximately 700 alumni and guests enjoyed a wonderfully inspiring weekend in Cambridge while hearing from distinguished alumni and HLS professors about their experiences, the state of issues facing the legal community and the exciting new initiatives on campus, connecting and reconnecting with old friends (view the program).

Attendees heard from Dean Martha Minow who highlighted her key priorities at HLS (video) including her commitment to strengthening the ties between the legal profession and practice, and two new faculty appointments of Professors of Practice. In addition, she underscored the important role that alumni play in the life of the School and encouraged their feedback and suggestions. “We are building a faculty who most represent the American people. HLS prepares students for leadership in the real world,” said Minow “we intend to promote openness to all kinds of diversity including intellectual and ideological diversity.”  

Governor Deval Patrick ’82 (video) discussed social reform and the political landscape, Ken Frazier ’78 (video) helped to kick off the event and provided insight into the meaning and significance of the Celebration of Black Alumni and Roger Ferguson ’79, ’81 (video) provided an in depth view of the current financial landscape and dispensed some well conceived investing advice. HLSA President, Sharon Jones ’82 (video) gave an update of the HLSA and honored a distinguished member of the HLS faculty, Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 with the HLSA Award.  The robust schedule included panels of distinguished alumni and faculty as they tackled a wide variety of issues facing lawyers today.

The weekend was topped off with the awarding of the Harvard Law School Medal of Freedom Award to Walter J. Leonard and Derek Bok ’54 and a gospel brunch celebration on Sunday.

It was wonderful to have so many alumni back on campus.  If you were unable to join us, we hope to see you in Cambridge soon.  It is not the same without you!

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Last modified: October 07, 2011

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