It was a Hollywood style, red carpet kind of night, and a chance for young alumni to reconnect with each other and Seton Hall Law. With life-size images of movie stars, gold star balloons, and, yes, a red carpet, and a book signing, too, the 11th Annual Young Alumni Night on Dec. 3 drew about 150 alumni from the Classes of 1999-2009. Immediately preceding the event was another special program—the swearing in of 75 Seton Hall Law graduates to the New Jersey State Bar and the induction of 34 alumni into the Order of the Coif.
“I went to the 1999 Class Reunion and had such a great time. I was surprised how many people there were who I was able to rekindle relationships with,” said Karen Dallow Burr ’99. “I just had to come to this event, too.” Having just recently launched her own firm, The Burr Law Group, alumni events, explained Burr, are a great place to network and get the word out.
A member of the Alumni Council, John Chiaia ’93, who runs his own firm, said he makes it a point to attend as many alumni events as he can. For him, it’s one way to show his appreciation for the education he received at Seton Hall Law.
“I’m totally indebted to this institution to have the knowledge I have and the career I have,” said Chiaia. “I’m not just proud to be a lawyer; I’m proud to be a Seton Hall lawyer. The whole atmosphere at Seton Hall Law is conducive to learning. There is integrity, honesty, and camaraderie at Seton Hall Law, and I want to make sure that continues into the future so I give of my time and I donate.”
A new Alumni Council member, Eric Brophy ’99, of Diegnan & Brophy, echoed those sentiments. “When I graduated I had a lot of alumni who helped me and I want to give that back,” he said. “Seton Hall Law has a good sense of community and I want to be involved in that.”
Held at The Newark Club, with the New York skyline sparkling in the background, the Young Alumni Night included a special book signing by Professor John Wefing. Author of the recently released biography, “The Life and Times of Richard J. Hughes: The Politics of Civility,” Wefing reported that he is enjoying publicizing his book around the state. “It’s a lot of fun and I’m getting to meet a lot of people this way,” he said. He also was able to arrange for a book signing at the Morven Museum and Garden, the former site of the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion.
Dean Patrick E. Hobbs during his remarks noted that there is much for alumni to be proud of as Seton Hall Law graduates. “The Law School is doing incredibly well. These are not the best of times, but they are good times at the Law School,” he said. Among some recent successes, he said, Seton Hall Law graduates obtained a 91 percent first-time bar passage rate on the New York exam this year, and the Law School now has alumni in all 50 states.
Closing out the evening was a raffle to support Seton Hall Law’s Public Interest Fellowship program featuring a 32” flat screen TV, a home music system, digital photo frame, and other prizes. A food drive also was held to benefit the Feed the Hungry program at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Newark.
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