On Sunday, August 12, Brooklyn Law School welcomed the entering class of 2012 at its annual Convocation Ceremony. Held at the U.S. District Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York, the ceremony was an opportunity for the incoming students to hear from faculty, alumni, and current student speakers.
Professor Claire Kelly ’93, who served as the emcee, greeted this year’s 365 students with words of encouragement. “Students are after all the heart of the Law School,” she said, “and I think you will see that you are joining a phenomenally diverse, supportive group of students.”
Convocation also marked the first occasion that Brooklyn Law School’s new Dean, Nick Allard, addressed the students. Acknowledging the current challenges facing the legal community, he offered inspiring words of wisdom and advice. “Please believe me when I say that your future success, in very practical terms, is very much our priority,” he told the audience. “We know that you need to pass the bar, get jobs, and begin worthwhile careers, and believe me, we will help you.” He added, “Our aspiration is for you not only to be ready to begin a worthwhile career when you graduate, but also for you to be leaders who can handle challenges and tackle problems that no one has seen before.”
This year’s speakers also included:
Anna Lukashova ‘14
Professor Steven Dean
Eric Friedberg ’83, Co-President, Stroz Friedberg
Steven D. Cohn, ’73, Partner, Goldberg & Cohn, LLP
Read Dean Allard’s and the convocation speakers' full remarks.
Read a Q & A with Eric Friedberg from our past issue of BLS LawNotes.
View video and photos of the program.