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Dean Takes Cardozo on
Alumni Add to
Cardozo's New Look
3L Students Meet the
Class of 2003 Reception
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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