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    10.31.14 The Power of Participation: GOLD Director’s Council

    The impetus for the creation of the Director’s Council, a group of dedicated recent graduates from the last 10 years who make annual gifts, comes from a genuine sentiment that these alumni can make a real impact on the Law School’s next chapter. The Council creates an exclusive opportunity for graduates of the last decade to network, socialize, and build relationships with other BLS leaders, and it helps to develop Brooklyn Law School’s future leaders. “The Law School recognizes that recent graduates may not have the capacity to give at higher levels, but every gift is of importance,” said Dean Allard. “We hope that young alumni gifts and participation rates will inspire older alumni to give.”

    This diverse group, now 24 members and growing, serves in an advisory capacity to the Law School, identifying and implementing programs and initiatives to foster the professional development of students and other recent graduates.

    Samantha V. Ettari ’05, an associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP became a Council Member so that she could participate in the direction of the Law School’s future. “Through the Council I can be a voice for recent graduates and contribute to the school’s mission and priorities,” she said. “Thanks to Brooklyn law School, I have a supportive and strong network of alumni, faculty, and friends, and I hope to keep that network strong for students and graduates.”

    Being a member of the Director’s Council is a chance to join other committed young alums to share input, learn about the school’s plans, and participate in Brooklyn’s continued ascent as a destination for top law students and faculty,” said Jeremy Raphael ’10, an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

    For Paul Means ’11, an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, being an active member of the Law School community is his way of saying “thank you” for his education. “I entered the legal profession with a more practical understanding of the practice of law than many of my peers,” said Means. “While at BLS, I took part in either a clinic or an internship each summer and every semester of my second and third year of school. These opportunities gave me crucial practical experience and have helped me contribute to my firm’s practice from day one.”

    GOLD alumni represent 23% of BLS’s 22,000 alumni. The great power of their participation is the strength of numbers.  “Director’s Council members led the way to a banner year by not only giving, but also encouraging annual contributions from others,” said Kamille James Annual Fund Director. For a complete list of Director’s Council Members, please click here.