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    06.29.10 BLS Faculty Reconnect with Alumni Around the World

    As the Brooklyn Law School alumni base continues to expand worldwide, the Law School has sought ways to continue to reconnect with these graduates and keep them informed on the latest news. When two of our faculty members – Professor Stacy Caplow and Associate Dean Lawrence Solan – had working trips planned in May and June for China and England, the Alumni Relations Office helped arrange reunions for BLS graduates working and living in these countries.

    Associate Dean Solan’s trip to England in June began with a presentation at the Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield, where he presented a working paper entitled Lawyers as Insincere (but Truthful) Actors. After the conference, Solan attended an alumni luncheon hosted by the London office of White & Case LLP.

    The office is home to three BLS graduates: Sven Krogius '92, Josh Kiernan '93, and Bryan Kelly '02, who graciously organized the event. The luncheon was a wonderful opportunity for our London-based graduates to meet one another and reminisce about their days at Brooklyn Law School. The diverse group included graduates from large international law firms, in-house attorneys, and attorneys working in the financial services industry. But perhaps our most popular member of the international bar is Janet K. Kollek Evans '79, the owner of Janet's Bar, a popular watering hole in the South Kensington area of London.

    During his English tour, Solan also visited The University of Essex in Colchester, which is home to one of the many semester study abroad opportunities available to Brooklyn Law School students. The School of Law at Essex has a world-renowned human rights program and is designed primarily for law students who wish to expand their understanding of both human rights and international law.

    In May, Professor Stacy Caplow, the Director of the Clinical Education Program and Co-Director of the Safe Harbor Project, traveled to Hong Kong to visit the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre. The Centre’s Executive Director Brian Barbour is a 2008 graduate of the Law School, and an alumnus of Caplow’s Safe Harbor Project. Caplow traveled to Hong Kong with Ari Cohen '12 and David Hattendorf '12 who will be spending the summer at the Centre as part of a new clinical program. The Center is an NGO that trains volunteer lawyers, interpreters, and other NGOs in the protection and promotion of refugee rights and provides legal assistance for asylum-seekers who seek refugee status with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

    While in Hong Kong, Professor Caplow hosted an alumni gathering for the students and some graduates, including Brian Barbour, Man (Summer) Li '03, Jean Hee Park '04, Michael Perry '01, Douglas Silin '04, Bradley Szu-Tu '08, and Jon Zinke '80. The graduates gathered for dinner and cocktails – not to mention breathtaking views of Hong Kong from the 28th-floor location – and celebrated the chance to bring a bit of Brooklyn overseas. She also met with the Dean and other faculty members of Hong Kong University Law School, the newest foreign law school where BLS students can spend a semester abroad.

    View photos from the London alumni luncheon.