A Record-Setting Crowd For Reunion 2014

October 20, 2014 — A record-setting crowd of 1,600 attended Georgetown Law’s 2014 Reunion October 17-19, taking in such events as “classes without quizzes,” a discussion panel on the 2014 Supreme Court term, class parties, luncheons, receptions and a gala dinner and awards presentation Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

At that event, Dean William M. Treanor honored Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (L’64, H’94), D-Vt., with the Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Alumni Public Service award. “As all of you know, our motto is, ‘Law is but the means, justice is the end,’” Treanor said. “Senator Leahy’s career as a lawyer has embodied that … so powerfully and in such an inspiring way.” 

Earlier in the day, Leahy — who is chairman of the Judiciary Committee and president pro tempore of the Senate — sat down with Treanor in Hart Auditorium to discuss an exhibit of the senator’s photography on display at the Law Center this fall. Leahy, an amateur photographer, has captured scenes on camera during his 40 years in the Senate that few ever see in person — from children risking their lives to fly a kite in a war-torn area of Turkey to behind-the-scenes glimpses of U.S. presidents and other world leaders. “It was the dean’s idea to do this, and I cannot tell you how much it means to me,” Leahy said. “I loved every single day I spent at Georgetown Law. It was one of the greatest times of my life.”  

Delaware Gov. Michael N. Castle (L’64); Georgetown Law Assistant Dean Lawrence J. Center (L’74); April McClain-Delaney (L’89), the Washington director of Common Sense Media; Judge Kimberly A. Moore (L’94) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and Chief Administrative Law Judge David C. Simmons (L’84) of the District of Columbia Commission on Human Rights each received the Paul R. Dean Alumni Award, given to graduates who have exhibited leadership to the legal profession and to the Law Center. “The deeper you dive into Georgetown,” McClain-Delaney said as she accepted her award, “the more you appreciate how the soul of Georgetown touches your heart.”

Law Alumni Board Chair Ann Beth Stebbins (C’86, L’94), Alumni Association President George J. Peacock (C’84) and Georgetown Law Chaplain Michael D. Goldman (L’69) helped welcome the more than 750 attendees at Saturday night’s Gala, the largest ever. 

On Friday, members of the Law Alumni Board, the European Law Alumni Advisory Board and the new Latin American Law Alumni Advisory Board came from around the world to attend meetings. Student Bar Association President Andrew Warner (L’16) quizzed Judge Marilyn Milian (L’84) about her career on the “The People’s Court”; the Women’s Legal Alliance alumnae group held its second annual panel and networking lunch; and members of the classes of 1964 and earlier gathered to share stories at the Founders’ Circle Alumni Luncheon. Phil Hutchinson (L’64) told his classmates that he recalled being grilled by the late professor Father Snee about Marbury v. Madison “and every one of you had your heads down thinking, ‘Thank God it wasn’t me.’” 

To watch our Reunion 2014 video, click here.


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