From the moment he met his first-year section, James McClammy ’98 felt a special bond
with his classmates and Seton Hall Law. The Class of 1998’s universal drive to succeed
was clear from their first day and is evident once again as they establish the Class
of 1998 Endowed Scholarship fund in honor of their 20 year reunion.
A first-generation lawyer, James always knew that his passion was the law. While he
enjoyed working in sales and management upon graduating from Yale University, he was
ready for a new intellectual challenge and enrolled in Seton Hall Law.
The focus on hard work, practical application of the law, and access to professors
that challenged students to think in class while providing guidance outside of class
was invaluable to James. His Seton Hall Law professors, particularly Dean Riccio,
Professor Cornwell and Judge Gibbons, helped him navigate and understand the various
opportunities in the legal field including clerkships. After graduation, James clerked
for two federal judges and is now a partner in the litigation department of Davis
James shares, “I was lucky enough to be accepted to Seton Hall with a meaningful scholarship
to help offset the costs. The Law School proved to be everything I could have hoped
for: challenging classes, engaged professors, students that worked hard and that you
could connect with. It was a great place to have started the profession and I have
made connections that last through to this day.”
The Class of 1998 holds a special place for James for many reasons, including meeting
his wife, Madelyn Camacho McClammy ’98 their first year. Madelyn, also a first-generation
lawyer, and James were in the same section and study group but did not begin dating
until their third year.
James and Madelyn’s gift to the Class of 1998 Endowed Scholarship fund is as an expression
of their gratitude for all that their parents and the Law School have done for them.
Born and raised in New Jersey, James’ parents stressed education. His mother, a high
school graduate, married his father, an army veteran, who worked in a pipe foundry
and as a correction officer while pursuing a degree at night. Through support and
sacrifice, they made it a priority to expose James and his brother to a variety of
opportunities that they never had, which for James included pursuing a career in the
law. “For me, making a meaningful gift in honor of our reunion was an important way
to recognize and honor the support and sacrifices of my parents as well as the guidance
of my professors,” said James.
The McClammy’s and Committee members, Chris and Stacy Adams, Shoshanna Schiff, Jamie
Pukl-Werbel, Kevin and Hon. Lisa Walsh, and Elaine Rocha hope that the Class of 1998
Endowed Scholarship will inspire a new standard of giving and involvement not only
for the Class of 1998 but also for all alumni. They further hope the scholarship
will help others for years to come experience the challenge, support and guidance
offered by Seton Hall Law and its faculty.