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The Many Ways You Give Back

Alumni help the College of Law in countless ways—from hiring graduates and lecturing, to coaching advocacy teams and hosting externs—and everything you do makes a difference. Here are just a few examples of how alums have given back to the College over the past year.

Enhancing the Library’s Collections

The College of Law has received a generous donation of more than 1,500 books from Ronald Goldfarb L’56 and his wife, Joanne J. Goldfarb ’57. In establishing the Goldfarb Family Collection, students, faculty, and staff have access to an impressive array of books on topics as diverse as law and policy to literature and art. Some of the unique items in the Collection include The Enemy Within, written by Robert F. Kennedy and inscribed by him to Ronald. Other volumes in the Collection are also inscribed from their authors to Ronald, as he served as the literary agent for most of these titles.

Ronald & Joanne J. Goldfarb
Ronald & Joanne J. Goldfarb

Welcoming New Students to the College of Law Family

In August 2019, Henry (Hank) Greenberg L’86—the current president of the New York State Bar Association—served as the convocation speaker. Some 272 J.D. and LL.M. students listened as he reinforced the importance of the legal profession at a time of significant change. “The communities where you have settled—or will settle—need lawyers,” he said. “They need our wisdom, our expertise, and our special gift to see both sides of an issue.”

Henry (Hank) Greenberg L'86
Henry (Hank) Greenberg L'86

Launching JDinteractive

In January 2019, 29 students from around the world attended the very first JDinteractive residency. Students interacted directly with alumni, many of whom traveled from far away, to learn about legal career options and be welcomed into the Orange law community. Seated on the panel (l to r) are: Richard Jones L’95, Kristen Smith L’05, Michael Johnson L’93, Kevin Saunders L’97, and Sarah Oliker L’03.

JDi Alumni Panel
JDi Alumni Panel

Honoring our Past and Building our Future

Felicia Collins Ocumarez L’98, G’98 and J. Christopher Hamilton L’99, G’99 worked with College of Law faculty, the legal community, and the New York Court of Appeals to petition for and secure the posthumous admission of William H. Johnson L’1903 to the New York bar. Collins Ocumarez has also generously spearheaded an effort to establish a $150,000 Endowed Scholarship to support African American College of Law students. “Our fundraising effort is called the MCMIII Movement in honor of Johnson’s graduation year,” says Collins Ocumarez. “Much has changed since Johnson’s day, but it is still imperative that black law students feel connected and supported, and our scholarship aims to do just that.” To donate to this needs-based scholarship, call the Office of Advancement and External Affairs at 315.443.1964.

Felicia Collins Ocumarez L'98
Felicia Collins Ocumarez L'98

Growing the Externship Program

The growth of the Externship Program across the country could not have happened without the participation of our alumni as hosts and lecturers. One example: Alessio Evangelista L’95 hosted the Fall 2019 DCEx Program at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia—the largest US Attorney’s office in the country—where Evangelista is the Principal Assistant US Attorney.

Alessio Evangelista L'95
Alessio Evangelista L'95

Coaching and Judging in the Advocacy Program

Dozens of alumni volunteers contribute countless hours to the Travis H.D. Lewin Advocacy Honor Society programs each year. Their participation in the Advocacy Program as judges and coaches is critical to the education and growth of the student participants. At the inaugural Entertainment and Sports Law Negotiation Competition in spring 2019, Kevin Belbey L’16 (far left) and Board of Advisors Member James Zeszutek L’76 (center) joined John Wolohan, Professor of Sports Law and Management, in judging the final round of this new intracollegiate competition. 

Entertainment and Sports Law Competition Judges
Entertainment and Sports Law Competition Judges