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was a lot of fun to receive news from people you hadn’t talked to in a decade. Other ELS folks like President Robert Tremel and Austrian Representative Franz-Martin Orou also shared their knowledge and contributed precious contacts. The list of participants gradually grew and when the evening of 6 May 2011 was finally here, around 70 former and present ELSAnians gathered in the traditional wine pub “Wolff” in Vienna to raise their glasses. In addition to active members from most local groups, ELS President Robert Tremel, then IB member Laurits Ketscher, and numerous alumni from the past thirty years had followed the “party call”. ELSA founder Ernst Wurz gave the key note address. Paul Hochbaum, former President of ELSA International, me, and Martina Berger, ELSA Austria President some two years ago, shared their personal recollections with the audience. I had prepared a set of power point slides with photos and stories from 1995 to 2001. How time flies! It was an evening full of memories, old and new friendships, laughter and tears, thanks and wishes. Never before did one see so many different Austrian ELSA generations in one place. ELSA Vienna and ELSA Austria, together with the assistance of ELS, organized an unforgettable event – and I was proud and grateful to contribute to it. Ad multos annos!

Alumni at the National Council Meeting by Gregor Wenda, Austria

The spring National Council Meeting (NCM) of ELSA Austria in Fürstenfeld was special in many ways. Not only did it mark the election of a new National Board, it was also dedicated to ELSA’s 30th anniversary and an intensified cooperation with Austrian ELSA alumni. The most prominent guest on 4 July 2011 was ELSA founder Michael Goldinger. He had established ELSA together with Austrian Ernst Wurz and colleagues from Hungary and Poland in 1981. Michael could not attend the anniversary party in Vienna on 6 May but promised to come to Fürstenfeld for a podium discussion on the past and future of ELSA insteas. He was the farthest travelled person on that evening as he had come all the way back from a business trip to Russia. Other ELSA alumni on the podium included Gregor Wenda, former President of ELSA Austria 1998/99, Ines Wolfbauer, former

Treasurer of ELSA Austria 1998/99, and Jürgen Schenk, former Vice-President Marketing of ELSA Austria around the millennium. The questions from NCM participants revealed that ELSA challenges haven’t changed too much over the decades and that it can sometimes be tough not to “reinvent the wheel”. The dialogue between active ELSAnians and alumni continued long after the formal part was over – and led to plans for further co-operation in the next year.

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ELSsential 3/11  

ELSsential is the members' newsletter of ELS – The ELSA Lawyers Society. In edition 3/2011: International Board: Who is the new IB? National...

ELSsential 3/11  

ELSsential is the members' newsletter of ELS – The ELSA Lawyers Society. In edition 3/2011: International Board: Who is the new IB? National...

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