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Reunion 2015 Honors Alumni Awardees with Special Guest

October 19, 2015 —

“Reunion weekend is a celebration of the rich past of Georgetown Law and the lifelong friendships that you formed here as students,” Dean William M. Treanor said to a crowd of alumni gathered at the National Building Museum for this year’s Reunion gala on October 17. “While tonight is a celebration of all of our graduates, after dinner we are going to honor four of your classmates who have shown exemplary leadership in a number of different ways.”

Appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in 1998, Judge M. Margaret McKeown (L’75, H’05) has dedicated her career to enhancing human dignity and advancing justice. Before honoring McKeown with the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Law Alumni Public Service award, Dean Treanor invited the room to welcome her friend and guest, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Three distinguished alumni were also recognized at Saturday’s gala for their leadership in the legal profession. Sara Crown Star (L’85), community leader active in numerous nonprofit and charitable organizations; Leslie M. Turner (L’85), senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at the Hershey Company; and former Rep. Frank Wolf, Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University and distinguished senior fellow at the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, each received the annual Paul R. Dean Alumni award. 

The weekend began with several events and activities including an alumni panel for current LL.M. students on making the most of their degrees. “Reaching out to students and professors during the LL.M. was the biggest value-add. They will all be attorneys in your field. Build that network from day one,” Andy Strelka (LL.M. ’10) advised.

Alumni celebrating 50 or more years since graduation were honored at the Founders’ Circle Luncheon. During the event, Sherman Cohn was recognized for his more than 50 years on the Georgetown Law Faculty. “We’re celebrating his 50th anniversary, but the fact is he showed up at Georgetown when he was 18 as an undergrad, and … other than … a seven year stint with the Justice Department has stayed here ever since,” Cohn’s son, Jerry, noted in a video tribute. A professor at the Law Center since 1965, Cohn specializes in the fields of civil procedure, professional responsibility and the legal issues of complementary, alternative and integrative medicine, on which he also lectures at the Georgetown Medical Center. In addition, he teaches Jewish Law. “I’m blessed. I’m a very happy guy,” Cohn said in the video. “And Georgetown has been very much a part of that.” 

Early on Saturday morning, alumni and their families gathered for a Hoya Lawya “Fun Run” touring the National Mall. Attendees returned to the Law Center, where hundreds of alumni gathered to enjoy face painting, pumpkin carving and the “Taste of D.C.” food extravaganza.

Click here to watch a video of this year's awardees. 

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