June 23, 2010 12:07 Age: 4 yrs

CLASS NOTES: Alumni Board to Focus On Class of 2010

It has been a busy spring at the law school. On May 10, we welcomed 260 new alumni into our community at commencement. Just as exciting, 14 of these graduates are legacies, furthering the Emory Law lineage within our alumni.

Graduation is one of the most invigorating events at Emory Law. As I spoke to our new graduates, I truly sensed that all things are possible. This class donated a record of $107,135 to the law school through its class gift campaign. Our emphasis on community is resonating with these graduates. These wonderful people will quickly enhance our alumni community.

Yet, we all are aware of the economic conditions affecting new graduates—especially new lawyers. Thus, I have prioritized assisting the Class of 2010 with transitioning to the workforce as our main programming objective for the alumni board.

At our spring alumni board meeting, Carlos Kelly 97L agreed to chair this important initiative. He and Greg Riggs 79L, associate dean for student services and community engagement, are forming a Class of 2010 taskforce to provide alumni and faculty mentorship as our graduates continue their employment searches.

Called Emory Law Connecting, the program matches Class of 2010 graduates with alumni in their preferred practice area and, if possible, preferred geographic area. Alumni advisers will help these students by offering networking contacts, mentoring and career advice.

In addition, 2010 graduates can request to be matched with a faculty member who is an expert in their preferred practice area. The approach provides a two-person team to do whatever is reasonably possible to help graduates in their job search.

Emory Law Connecting also will provide seminars this summer such as “How to Start One’s Own Law Practice.” Finally, we will be able to communicate part-time or contract legal employment opportunities that become available to assist class members in gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Emory University continues its nationwide search to identify the strongest candidates for our director of alumni relations position. We appreciate all your ideas and recommendations. Forward your thoughts to Susan F. Carter, associate dean for development and university relations, at susan.carter(at)emory.edu.

While this process continues, Dean David F. Partlett has asked me to continue as president for another year to ensure a smooth transition. I am honored to do this and look forward to sharing more exciting news about Emory Law in the months ahead.

As always, I am eager to hear your suggestions and ideas. I look forward to hearing from you, and most importantly, seeing you at an alumni event soon.

Halli D. Cohn 90L

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