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Dean Takes Cardozo on the Road
Alumni Add to Cardozo's New Look

Dean Names Development Director

3L Students Meet the Challenge

Class of 2003 Reception

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Dean Takes Cardozo on the Road
A new initiative, Cardozo on the Road, provides Dean David Rudenstine the opportunity to meet alumni living outside New York. Since the program started last January, the dean has logged thousands of miles and met with hundreds of alumni.

(From left) Steven McGinty ’85, Lawrence Stone ’85, and Helen Irwin ’83 in Los Angeles. (From left) Steven McGinty ’85, Lawrence Stone ’85, and Helen Irwin ’83 in Los Angeles.

While regional events in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island help the Law School reach out to alumni who can not easily attend events at Cardozo, trips to California and Florida allow Dean Rudenstine to build Cardozo's reputation from coast to coast. In addition to alumni, Dean Rudenstine visits parents of current students, hiring partners at local law firms, and prospective students. As an ambassador for admissions, career services, alumni, and development, the dean is able to better promote the Law School in the cities he visits. With a national rise in law school admissions and Cardozo's growing reputation, more students outside New York are applying to the Law School, broadening the demographic make-up of the student body.

Sheryl Bregman ’91 and Alex Kriegsman ’98 in San Francisco. Sheryl Bregman ’91 and Alex Kriegsman ’98 in San Francisco.

For many years, Cardozo's admissions staff has recruited across the country. Now the dean is greeting prospective students, too. He also takes the opportunity to remind alumni of their important role for prospective students, new graduates, and as representatives of the School's excellent legal education.
In the fall, Dean Rudenstine traveled to Princeton, NJ to a luncheon with 20 graduates hosted by Lisa Presser '85, a partner at Drinker Biddle & Shanley. A breakfast hosted by Loretta Gastwirth '82 and Stephen Breitstone '82, partners at Meltzer Lippe, brought 15 Long Island alumni together. During a week-long trip to California, the dean was welcomed by enthusiastic alumni in San Francisco and Los Angeles; Alex Kriegsman '98 of Skadden Arps and Monica Berman-Borochoff '96 of Kelley Drye & Warren hosted. In February, the dean made his second annual trip to Florida where he met with alumni in Deerfield Beach.
Graduates in cities across the United States are encouraged to stay in contact with Cardozo and fellow alumni. To learn about other alumni in your area, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 212-790-0293.

Alumni Add to Cardozo's New Look
To help alumni participate in the Law School's transformation, the Alumni Association is spearheading an effort to have a graduate's name on every moot court room seat by the time construction of the room is complete. Since graduates were invited to name the seats in the new Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, more than two dozen of the 144 seats have been reserved.
Throughout the Law School's extensive renovations, graduates have been encouraged to view Cardozo as their professional home, to feel connected to the School as its physical look is enhanced to match its growing prestige. By permanently adding their own name to the court room or the name of a faculty member or loved one who played a significant role in their law school experience, alumni become a physical part of the Law School. When future Cardozo students sit in the moot court room, they will read the names of former students, many of whom were pioneers during Cardozo's early days. "This opportunity provides us with a personal way to recognize our unique role in Cardozo's history," said Mark Yagerman '79, member of the first graduating class.
For only $2,500, payable over five years, alumni can participate in Cardozo's capital campaign. "It is important that alumni realize that participation in the campaign should not replace their unrestricted donations to the annual fund," says Yagerman. The annual fund provides funding for scholarships, technological improvements, and other areas of need. For information about purchasing a seat, call 212-790-0293.

Dean Names Development Director
Amy Gillenson, former New York regional director for the Dartmouth College office of development, was named Cardozo's director of development in February. Prior to her position at Dartmouth, Ms. Gillenson worked for more than five years at The Johns Hopkins University, where she was associate director of development for the school of arts and sciences and, more recently, director of development for the school of medicine.
Ms. Gillenson worked for Governor Mario M. Cuomo as his regional representative in Syracuse from 1986 to 1991 and in 1994 was the statewide campaign manager for the Campaign for Cuomo-Lundine. From 1991 to 1994, she was executive director of the Loretto Foundation in Syracuse. Ms. Gillenson holds a B.A. magna cum laude in government and environmental studies from Dartmouth, an M.A. in public administration from Syracuse University, and did graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin.

3L Students Meet the Challenge
"It is my belief that current students are feeling more tied to the Law School than they may have felt in the past," said Dean David Rudenstine. "I am sure this will be reflected in their professional lives and in the future success of Cardozo."
More than 60 3L students filled the lounge to spend time with their classmates and make pledges to their future alma mater at the 3L Challenge kick-off party. A highpoint of the evening was the announcement by Rosemary Byrne '80, chair of the Alumni Association fundraising committee, that she will lead an alumni matching gift effort, so that every dollar raised by the students will be matched by alumni. The students greeted her support with great enthusiasm. At the best-attended kick-off party since the 3L Challenge's inception in 2000, nearly 10% of the class raised over $10,000. Financially speaking, this year's graduating class has made a significant contribution to the future of Cardozo. The class goal is $25,000 and 25% class participation.
Rosemary Byrne expressed her hope that all alumni will be inspired to give to Cardozo after seeing the significant contributions students are making to their school.

Class of 2003 Reception

September and January graduates of the Class of 2003 celebrated at a cocktail reception held at the Salmagundi Club. A festive mood prevailed as 29 J.D. and 22 LL.M degree candidates toasted their future. Dean Rudenstine spoke and presented graduates with a copy of The Nature of the Judicial Process by Justice Benjamin Cardozo. The well-attended event included spouses and many members of the faculty and administration.