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Alumni Celebrate Reunion 2013

October 22, 2013 — Close to 1400 alumni and guests flocked to Georgetown Law events to reconnect and reminisce during the three days of Reunion 2013.

Five were honored with the Paul R. Dean Awards at the Reunion Gala at the National Building Museum on October 19: Sen. Mazie Hirono (L’78), D-Hawaii.; Kevin J. McIntyre (L’88), a partner at Jones Day; Patrick J. Moran (L’73), president of Moran Resources Company; Patricia A. Seitz (L’73), a U.S. District Court judge; and Jane C. Sherburne (L’83), general counsel of the Bank of New York Mellon. 

 The Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Award for Public Service was given to Rep. John Dingell (C’49, L’52), D-Mich., honoring his nearly 58 years in the U.S. Congress and his status as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history. 

And speaking of Congress, Dean William M. Treanor moderated a panel on politics in the 21st century attended by a distinguished and spirited Class of 1973. It was a timely topic, coming just days after the end of the government shutdown. “The real challenge, the real skill, is to find where we share our goals and new ideas and move things forward,” said panelist Rep. Lois Frankel (L’73), D-Fla. 

There was plenty of good food and discussion this year — from the Founders’ Circle luncheon and class parties to Saturday’s “Taste of D.C.” event on the Tower Green and the Women’s Luncheon with its theme of “Leaning Forward, Reaching Back.”

With D.C. once again open for business, alumni were treated to a tour of the Capitol, led by a staffer from the office of Sen. Mark Kirk (L’92), R-Ill., a tour of the Supreme Court and other venues. 

Graduates could also head back to school in “Classes Without Quizzes” (“I should make them argue the motion,” Professor Nina Pillard joked with students in her first-year civil procedure class before alumni walked in), mingle with friends at the Georgetown Law Journal’s open house or join in a rousing chorus of “He is an Englishman” at the Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s 40th anniversary sing-along.

Student organizations hosted several events: The Black Law Students Association brunch featured former FCC chair Michael Powell (L’93). And Student Bar Association leaders Parker Schnell (L’14) and Bill King (L’15) sat down for a Q&A with Marc Morial (L’83), president of the National Urban League and a former Paul R. Dean awardee. 

“A law degree is one of the best degrees you can have,” said Morial, who achieved a significant reduction in violent crime and unemployment during his time as mayor of New Orleans. “What Georgetown taught me to do was, if you need it to litigate, litigate. If you need it to legislate, legislate. If you need it to negotiate, negotiate. And if you need it to agitate, agitate.” 

(For a full description of the awards and biographies of the honorees, click here and here.)

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