Over 700 Penn Law alums and their guests participated in Alumni Weekend 2011 on May 13 and 14, visiting campus and catching up with classmates and friends.
The Senior Partners Society, a group of alumni from the class of 1960 and earlier, met on Friday morning for the group’s annual luncheon in Biddle Law Library. Following lunch, the group previewed a video clip of the Senior Partners Oral History Project, an ongoing venture designed to collect and archive memories from alumni throughout the history of the Law School.
Two interesting and very different CLE panels were presented on Friday afternoon in Gittis Hall. Key legal issues in major league baseball was the topic for the first panel, which featured Marvin Goldklang, W’63, L’66, Ed Weiss, L’91 and Professor Christopher Yoo, while Alan Beller, L’76, Robert Hoyt, L’89, Heath Tarbert, L’01 and Professor David Skeel took up Financial Reform and Dodd Frank in the second panel.
Individual classes held cocktail receptions on Friday night throughout the Law School and in various locations in center city Philadelphia. The Saturday morning family picnic, held in the Goat this year due to inclement weather, was nonetheless a big success.
The highlight of the weekend was the Reunion Gala, held this year at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for all reunion classes. A record-breaking 585 Penn Law alums and their guests were treated to cocktails in the Great Hall while enjoying music by the Brazilian band, Minas, a seated dinner in the museum’s beautiful galleries, and a chance to meet and celebrate reunions with many generations of Penn Law alumni. After experiencing his first reunion, Class of 2006 president Thomas Williams said he felt as if he had been welcomed into a family and was no longer just a graduate of the school.
For those of you who want to remember the Weekend, and for those who were unable to attend and want to get a sense of what occurred, please take a look at the terrific photo gallery and video.
We look forward to welcoming graduates from class years ending in 2’s and 7’s at Alumni Weekend 2012 on May 11 and 12. Please mark your calendars now! It’s never too early to make your plans.