Lisa Reiner, John-Paul Kocot, and Alizabeth Newman

For Life

CUNY Law Alumni

Your relationship with CUNY Law doesn't end at graduation. With programs, events and networking opportunities, we're with you throughout your career.

2019 ALUMNI REUNION

This year the Reunion has been coordinated with PILA, the Public Interest Law Association, which you may remember is a student-run organization that funds for summer fellowships via its annual Gala.

While all are welcome, this year’s reunion will focus on the classes of 1989 (30 years), 1994 (25 years), 1999 (20 years), 2004 (15 years), 2009 (10 years), 2014 (5 years) and 2018 (1 year).  This will be a chance to reconnect with the classmates, faculty, staff and friends who helped launch your career. 

Food and drink will be abundant.  Feel free to bring family, partners, kids and friends!

If you are from one of these classes and would like to be involved in shaping this fabulous event for your class, please contact Alizabeth Newman at newman@law.cuny.edu.

The 2019 Reunion will be held: 

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 7:00 - 11:00 pm
CUNY School of Law - 2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101 

To register for the Reunion or for combination Reunion/PILA Gala tickets click here!

 
The PILA Gala will be the previous evening on Friday, April 5, celebrating women in the law and honoring alumnae Lenina Trinidad ‘00 and Catalina Cruz ‘09.  It will be held at W83 Ministry Center in Manhattan.  

If you can ONLY attend the PILA Gala - click here.

 

Alumni Reunions

We have now developed our annual reunion, giving alumni a chance to reconnect each year and celebrating in particular the classes on their big 5-year anniversaries.

2018

Our first full reunion last year 2018, was a fabulous affair that drew over 150 alumni in addition to faculty, staff and guests. Those who attend these celebrations expressed deep satisfaction at being reconnected to the school and to their classmates.

Reunion 2018

Reunion 2018

Reunion 2018

We also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the CED Clinic.

CED Reunion 2018

2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, the class of 2007 had a heart-warming reunion.

Class of 2007 Reunion, October 28, 2017.

Pictured: Class of 2007 Reunion, October 28, 2017.

Here are some reflections on the event from Dean Mary Lu Bilek:

“One after another of the graduates told me that their experience at CUNY Law was the most important educational experience of their lives, transformative from day one in that building on Main Street in Flushing when they each discovered a community of workers and learners determined to support each other through each day of the three years of hard work and personal and professional growth that lay between them and their dream to become lawyers in the service of human needs. Virtually every alum told me that they still feel connected to the vibrant, caring community comprised of their classmates and their professors. The energy in the room was palpable as they shared the stories of their career paths with each other. Some had changed jobs several times; others were staunchly and happily entrenched where they started, moving up the ranks at Legal Aid and Legal Services offices. One had detoured to do a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. Two had married other CUNY Law graduates, one right out of Law School and the other a relationship discovered while working with activists involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. Several had moved into work in teaching and administration at other law schools. More than a few were working with immigrant communities, continuing work started in the clinic when they were 3Ls. Their partners mingled and their children scuttled between our legs and were passed among classmates happy to hold onto the future while mom or dad got a drink.

Maybe this is how all law school reunions look, rosy with the glow of nostalgia, punctuated by the expressions of joy and excitement that accompany reconnection and recounting of successes. Maybe so, but I think what distinguished this reunion was the authenticity with which they each met each other and the pure pride they each took in knowing that the sum of their achievements was greater than any of the parts, that as the Class of 2007 they were an important part but just a part of an enterprise that started 25 years earlier and continued 10 years past and still continues that they can rely on -- that each of you can rely on -- to be earnestly and vigorously maintaining its commitment to its mission of creating a path for students from communities underrepresented in the profession to become competent, creative, caring public interest lawyers who individually would serve the needs of clients who would otherwise go unrepresented and collectively, cumulatively, through acts of courage and perseverance and diligence and innovation, build to a movement of transformative individual and systemic social justice.

What distinguished our reunion and what distinguishes us is that that will never change; it is who were on day one and the only reason we exist today. We are only as much and unbelievably as much as who our alums have become individually and taken collectively. Our strength comes from the fact that we know this and that you can count on it.”

Mary Lu Bilek
Dean and Professor of Law