2017 Reunion Weekend
May 12th and 13th, 2017 – Despite a soggy second half, Penn Law’s 2017 Reunion Weekend was a hit with over 1,000 guests!
Friday began with the Senior Partners luncheon, traditionally a gathering for alumni who graduated more than fifty years ago. This year’s event included a tribute to Judge Harold Berger, EE’48 L’51, who received the inaugural Lifetime Commitment Award. The weekend’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) discussions featured a range of topics – “Beyond Big Law,” “Decriminalizing Marijuana,” and “What Just Happened and Why?,” a commentary on the 2016 Presidential election by TV/radio host, columnist, and Penn Law alumnus Michael Smerconish, L’87. Dean Ted Ruger provided his yearly “State of the Law School” address Friday evening, which was followed by the highlight of the day – the cocktail parties for the reunion classes. Also on Friday night, the Penn African-American Law Alumni Society hosted an event for its members at the Hotel Monaco in Center City.
Saturday’s events were held under a steady rain for most of the day, but our patient alumni were unfazed by the deluge. The family picnic moved from the courtyard to the Haaga Lounge, where alumni enjoyed a BBQ lunch, music, and children’s activities under the watchful eye of the Law School’s mascot, The Goat. The focus then shifted to the Philadelphia Club (for the Class of 1957 Dinner) and the National Constitution Center, site of the gala dinners for the 2nd year in a row. Alumni mingled and dined, and some even danced the night away.
Thank you to everyone – staff, volunteers, and alumni alike – who made the 2017 Reunion Weekend a rousing success!