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The Morrison Memo


f the many defining traits of NYU School of

chosen fields. Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson ’92

Law—and there are indeed many—one I return

is pursuing justice through his district’s beefed-up Conviction

to often is the sheer energy of the place. Our

Review Unit, which already has freed more than a dozen

faculty, students, and alumni are always in

wrongfully convicted people. As head of the US Justice Depart-

motion. Whether conjuring new solutions to

ment’s Civil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta ’01 is working to

seemingly intractable legal, social, and eco-

address tensions between police and the communities they serve.

nomic problems; identifying shifts in law, business, and policy

Second-year students—and identical twins—Raymond and

trends; or posing provocative questions that challenge assump-

Richard Diggs are charting paths that will enable them to effect

tions underlying the status quo, the members of our community

change in their hometown of Detroit. Alma Asay ’05 is changing

shape discourse, drive innovation, and inspire others with their

legal practice through the software she developed as founder of

leadership and ingenuity.

Allegory Law. And Steve Ross LLM ’66, the trailblazing developer

In this year’s magazine, you’ll learn about some of the outstand-

behind New York’s Hudson Yards project, is breaking ground

ing thought leadership shown by our faculty, students, and alumni.

again, having pledged $20 million to the Law School—the largest

In “Pros in Con,” we highlight the myriad ways our faculty in con-

individual gift in the school’s history. These are just a few

stitutional law and related areas are influencing that evolving field.

examples of how the leadership and creativity of NYU Law

For example, Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitu-

faculty, alumni, and students are reshaping the world.

tional Law, is reshaping voting rights in theory and practice. This

This past year, the Law School lost two dedicated leaders. Jack

year, he argued a groundbreaking case before the US Supreme Court,

Slain ’55, professor of law emeritus, was instrumental in build-

earning the first win for African Americans in a racial gerrymander-

ing our law and business programs and pedagogy. He was a bril-

ing case in over 55 years. Meanwhile, Rachel Barkow, Segal Family

liant corporate attorney and beloved teacher whose commitment

Professor of Regulatory Law and Policy and faculty director of the

to his students was legendary. Jay Furman ’71 was one of the

Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, is rethinking the

Law School’s most generous, engaged, and visionary support-

president’s constitutional clemency power and urging fundamen-

ers. A longtime member of our Board of Trustees, Jay pursued

tal changes to its application.

remarkable philanthropy that enabled, among other things, the

We also celebrate NYU Law’s long history of innovation in global

construction of Furman Hall, the creation of the Furman Center

legal education. Two decades ago, the Law School launched the

for Real Estate and Urban Policy, and the establishment of the

first truly international program for the study of law—the Hauser

Furman Academic and Public Policy scholarship programs. Jack

Global Law School Program. The Hauser program has brought lead-

and Jay each left indelible marks on this place. I am deeply grate-

ing thinkers and practitioners from around the world to teach here,

ful to have known them.

including former judges of the Constitutional Court of South Africa

I would be remiss if I ended without noting two people whose

and the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. It has sponsored

leadership has profoundly reshaped the Law School: NYU Presi-

scores of fellowships for academics, attorneys, and public servants

dent John Sexton and chair of the NYU Board of Trustees Mar-

from abroad, and now includes 10 to 20 scholarships per year for

tin Lipton ’55, both of whom are stepping down this year. Since

foreign-trained lawyers pursuing LLMs here at NYU. The Law

1988, when John was appointed dean of the Law School and Marty

School has extended its leadership in global legal studies with the

was elected the chair of its Board of Trustees, they have worked

recent establishment of study-abroad programs in Buenos Aires,

together to raise the Law School’s profile, expand its resources,

Paris, and Shanghai, among other initiatives. NYU

deepen and extend its excellence, and chart a pio-

Law continues to bring a cutting-edge approach to

neering course for its future. NYU Law is infinitely

the study of law in our globalized era.

better for their commitment and vision.

In addition, we highlight in the magazine alumni and students who are transforming their

I hope you enjoy this year’s magazine. As always, trevor morrison

I welcome your thoughts at

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