In mid-November, I traveled to New York City with Assistant Dean for Career Development & Public Service Fiona Hornblower and Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations Terry McManus to continue meeting with alumni and employers in major markets across the country. New York City is one of the most sought after destinations for our graduates, so we are always working to deepen our relationships with employers there.
While in New York, Assistant Dean Hornblower and I had the opportunity to meet with several major law firms to update them on recent developments at the school and discuss how we can best partner with them. I am delighted that Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy plans to return to campus to recruit our students next fall; additionally I look forward to welcoming Milbank partner Jay Grushkin to the law school next spring where he will be a guest lecturer in my Secured Transactions class. I am also thrilled that Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom will be a sponsor for our new 1L Lawyering Lab this coming January.
We continue to work also on expanding opportunities for our students interested in public sector employment. For the second year in a row, we will be participating in the Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership Program, under which BU Law will fund a student working in an under-resourced public defender’s office for a one-year period. And we look forward to announcing in the near future a matching challenge from the University to ensure post-graduate fellowship funding for the next several years.
Generally, one of our challenges has been developing a database that will serve our students and alumni by allowing our Career Development & Public Service Office to search for alumni by, for example, geographic location and area of practice. To help create that database and to update our information, we are sending out an alumni survey in December. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. I hope you will take the time to fill it out and share your thoughts.
I am happy to report that this year’s issue of our alumni magazine, The Record, will be arriving in mailboxes in the next few weeks. This issue features stories on alumni and their impact on social issues including civil rights and women’s rights in the Middle East. The cover story discusses how BU Law is moving initiatives forward to better prepare students for the practice of law in the 21st century. The magazine will also be available online at bu.edu/law/record2014. If you are not on the mailing list, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
With the opening of the Sumner M. Redstone Building, 2014 has been a very special year at BU Law. Thank you for helping make this long-awaited project a reality and best wishes from all of us at BU Law for a happy holiday season and a wonderful 2015!