January 26, 2011 15:38 Age: 3 yrs

CLASS NOTES: A Letter from the Alumni President

By: Halli D. Cohn 90L

With the fall semester ending, I am proud to report our community is strong. As reported elsewhere in this issue, our class of 2013 exceeds all expectations in terms of academic quality, life experiences and enthusiasm for Emory Law. Their passion for making an impact here is remarkable, and I am pleased with the energy that they have shown during their short tenure.

Recently, two first-years who served in the armed forces formed a Military Law Society. Under their leadership and with another student group outlaw, a timely, engaging and balanced program on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policies received strong reviews from attendees and participants. What struck me most is that even though these young men are facing the same overwhelming first-year pressures all confront, they are committed to enriching our community by ensuring relevant issues are explored and debated here.

These two students are not an exception but rather the rule at Emory Law. As we continue to attract these top-notch students, now more than ever, we alumni must be committed to ensuring that every opportunity is afforded them during their three years in Gambrell Hall and beyond.

As part of our commitment to students, the Alumni Board kicked off Emory Law Connecting, a program to connect recent graduates with more seasoned alumni who share a legal interest and career goal. More than 50 alumni signed up, and it is this type of focused, tailored advising program that will have most impact for our students as they enter the workforce. If you would like to volunteer, contact Curry Woods, our new director of alumni relations, at curry.woods@emory.edu.

Thanks to you, increased financial support to our students is making it easier for the law school to attract the best. This year, almost three-quarters of our incoming students received merit-based scholarships. Our gifts to Emory Law single-handedly impact our student body by decreasing their debt-load, which, in turn, offers them more options and flexibility upon graduation.

To encourage continued alumni involvement, C. Lash Harrison 62B 65L has issued a $250,000 challenge gift. For every new Barrister ($1,000 or more) or Dean’s Circle ($2,500 or more) gift, Lash has agreed to match each donation dollar-for-dollar. I am so honored by Lash’s generosity and enthusiasm for our alma mater. Please take Lash up on his challenge and provide our students with more opportunities to excel.

We just wrapped up another successful reunion season, my 20th being one of them, and as the pictures attest, the class parties were memorable. Another opportunity to reconnect is with our “.9 with Emory Law” cle events in Atlanta; New York; Washington, D.C.; and elsewhere throughout the year.

Keep in touch. Let me know how we can best serve you. I look forward to seeing you on campus and elsewhere as we continue our connection with this great institution.

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