Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn Law School may be 112 years old, but the school’s alumni association celebrated its 45th annual luncheon this past January.
The new BLS dean and former Washington D.C. attorney, Nick Allard, spoke to the room of over 400 attendees. It was his first time speaking at the luncheon, and Allard highlighted some of the recent accomplishments of the school and its alums.
“Two of our alumni appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Confirmation hearings: Professor Claire Kelly ’93 nominated to the U.S. Court of International Trade and Nelson Roman ’89 … nominated to serve in the [Manhattan federal court].” In addition to judgeships, “Sparkle L. Sooknanan ’10 will be clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor starting in July 2013.”
Taking the time to thank alumni for giving back to the BLS community, Allard noted in particular Joe Smolinsky ’88 and Stephen Dannhauser ’75 for hosting a mentor/mentee reception at the Manhattan law firm Weil Gotshal.
Allard also took the opportunity to encourage alumni to participate in BLS’s new ACES’s program. The Alumni Committed to Employing Students program “acknowledges and celebrates the engagement of alumni who provide job opportunities for [BLS] students.”
Allard closed with optimism about BLS’s future. “I am optimistic about our future ... [and]I know that in the years ahead we will continue to have much to celebrate.”