Hundreds of alumni and friends of the law school gathered together during the past month to celebrate fall reunions. In this issue of the e–newsletter you'll see a photo gallery from the main event, a reunion gala at the Starlight Room in October. One week after that gathering, the Class of 1960 came together at the law school to mark its 50th reunion. Reflecting on this momentous occasion, here's what I wrote to this group:
"It's been 50 years: six calendar decades, nine presidents, and at least four wars later. 1960: Camelot on the steps of the White House, Khrushchev in the Kremlin, the Pirates in the World Series capped by a memorable Mazerowski homerun, a group in Liverpool changing their name to the Beatles, Tony Perkins on the silver screen terrifying all in Psycho, and black youth sitting in at a lunch counter in Greensboro, N.C., in acts of courageous defiance that would finally destroy Jim Crow."
"I can only imagine the joys, successes, loves, and difficulties you've all experienced over these years. And for all that has changed for the law school—gorgeous facilities, nearly 5,000 applicants for the precious 240 seats in the entering class, a student body that is 40 percent students of color and nearly 60 percent women, and students engaged all over the world working on human right projects that would warm your heart—despite all of this change, we build on the standards that you set and that we try and live up to every day. Your careers were and are about being skilled, ethical professionals concerned for others in the tradition of this great Jesuit law school. That standard will never change."
Indeed, the Class of 1960 and all USF–trained lawyers together set the bar for ethical, engaged legal professionals. Today's students, engaging the world at every turn, are sure to further that tradition.
Jeffrey S. Brand