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.


Friday, May 4, 2018 - 6:00 - 9:00 pm

CUNY School of Law - 2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101

For more information and to register - click here! 

All classes welcome! 

Alumni Reunions

Yes, we have heard you! The law school has received your feedback that these gatherings are an important way to re-connect. The plan moving forward is that each year we will have a homecoming for alumni, family and friends, celebrating class years on the fifth, tenth, twenty-fifth and thirtieth anniversaries of their graduation. All are welcome to what will prove to be an impressive party!

For 2018, we will focus on the classes of 2013, 2008, 1993 and 1988. We will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Summer Institute! If you are from one of these groups and would like to be involved in producing this fabulous event, please get in touch! Contact Alizabeth Newman at

This past year, the class of 2007 had a heart-warming reunion on Sat. October 28th.

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