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    06.17.15 Gala Honors Law School Icons on Ellis Island
    Salute to Brooklyn Law School Icons Celebration

    “What a night!” said Dean Nicholas Allard as he welcomed more than 530 guests who filled the Great Hall on Ellis Island for the Salute to Brooklyn Law School Icons Gala on June 11. The event recognized eight individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Law School’s national and international reputation and to their own fields: Professor Emeritus Joseph Crea ’47; former New York City Mayor David Dinkins ’56; Professor Emeritus Richard Farrell ’64; Associate Professor of Legal Writing Linda Feldman ’83; Director of Admissions Henry Haverstick III, who retires at the end of June; Centennial Professor of Law Susan Herman; Centennial Professor of Law Roberta Karmel; and Aaron Twerski, the Irwin and Jill Cohen Professor of Law.

    CNBC Anchor Brian Sullivan ’03 served as the master of ceremonies for the evening. During the dinner program he introduced each honoree who was presented with a Brooklyn Law School Icon Award before addressing the audience that included alumni, family members, friends, colleagues, and current students. “These women and men represent a legacy and share a spotlight with many Brooklyn Law School greats,” Sullivan said.

    Professor Crea, who turned 100 years old in April, received special recognition from Chairman of the Board of Trustees Stuart Subotnick ’68 and Dean Allard, who read a letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Guests then held up illuminated flashlights and sang “Happy Birthday” as Dean Allard presented Professor Crea with a cake.

    “The bright light that shines from each of tonight’s honorees,” Dean Allard said at the close of the evening’s program, “shines not upon a single individual, but upon the great institution of Brooklyn Law School and all who our school touches today and will touch in the future.”

    As guests left the island by ferry or lingered to enjoy the magnificent nighttime views of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan, they were treated to a spectacular fireworks display in New York Harbor that was sponsored by Cushman and Wakefield.

    “I couldn't help but think of how appropriate it was for that party to be held on Ellis Island,” said distinguished guest I. Leo Glasser, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York and former Brooklyn Law School Dean, referring to the Law School’s history as a gateway of opportunity for immigrants and children of immigrants. “The feeling was almost palpable that those immigrant ancestors were looking down on that glorious gathering, smiling and thinking that their dream of achieving a better life was not a dream after all.”

    Read news coverage of the Gala:

    Brooklyn Law Honors Icons (New York Law Journal)

    Brooklyn Law School honors former Mayor Dinkins, seven others at Icons Gala (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

    Read more about the honorees.

    View photos from the Gala. 

    Watch the video introduction.