Today’s law students have grown up with unprecedented access to knowledge through the
technology readily available at their fingertips. While many of us in the older generations have
become accustomed to using such technology in our personal lives, we may yet to take advantage of all that access can bring to the legal profession. In this issue of Perspectives, alumni Ryan
McKeen ’05 and Kathy Porter ’90 give us insights into how small and large firms alike can tap
this potential as they navigate the opportunities and new challenges of today’s Digital Age. We
also share the ways we are educating our students to become accustomed to commonly used
software products and access technology to improve their research and presentation skills as
they prepare to launch their careers.
Our focus on cultivating practical lawyering skills continues in a piece about a dynamic program I was excited to roll out this past January. Called Introduction to the Legal Profession, this
intensive and immersive week-long course put first-year students in mock legal firms facing off
in negotiations. I am grateful to the members of the bar who played the roles of senior partners
in these firms.
I am also pleased to report that the introduction of our Mini-Law School program, designed
specifically to help non-lawyers develop a deeper knowledge of the law, has been a resounding
success, even resulting in a wait list for future sessions.
As we educated new students and the community, we welcomed back many graduates at
two milestone events. This year marked the fifteenth anniversary of the Dinner for Students
and Alumni of Color. We were pleased to have the Hon. Tina S. Page ’82 serve as our guest
speaker. In February, the School of Law welcomed competitors from throughout the Northeast
to the 40th annual School of Law Invitational Basketball Tournament. During the event, we
honored tournament founder Tom Connelly ’76 for helping us to develop one of our proudest
Our speaker series covered a range of topics this fall, including important dialogue on the
issues of race, gender equality, and human rights. I remind you that these events are open to
the public or can usually be viewed online through the Law Library’s Digital Commons portal
This issue also includes features on three women in our learning community who are forging paths in their own unique ways. Attorney Charlene Fallon ’95 turned a career as a nurse
into a thriving health law practice. Cancer survivor Lenore Montanaro 3L has been inspired by
her own challenges to use her law degree to advocate for others. Rose Colon, also a third-year
student, shares her story of giving back to her community through her work in the Discovering Justice program at nearby Duggan Magnet School. We also celebrate the legacy and impact
of the Catherine Bean Street Memorial Scholarship.
Today’s students represent the future of our alumni family. Yet it is members of our past
who are helping to make their opportunities possible. Attorney Hyman Darling ’77, a longtime
supporter and member of our adjunct faculty, reflects on why he has made the personal deci-
sion to establish a planned gift to the School of Law in this issue’s Development Report.
Through these many voices, we endeavor to keep the School of Law in your thoughts and
in your social plans. I encourage you to find time in your schedules to attend our events and
volunteer to mentor students, often such opportunities require just a few hours’ commitment.
I thank you for all that you do and all that you give to keep our learning community strong.
Professor and Dean