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Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

D.C. Inaugural Lecture Featuring Marc Elias '90

The Elihu Root Society was established in 2010 to provide programming and networking opportunities for Hamilton alumni with an interest in domestic and international law and public service. On November 9, The Elihu Root Society held it most recent event; the inaugural lecture for Washington D.C. This event was hosted by George Baker ’74 and featured Marc Elias ’90 as the lecture speaker. Elias is currently the chair of Perkins Coie’s Political Law practice and is serving as the general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Also in attendance, were the ERS co-chairs, Wenxi Li ’10 and Knute Gailor ’13.

During the talk, Elias touched on the significance of legal and judicial systems in elections as well the role of super PACs, a modern breed of political-action committees. Despite his involvement in the Clinton presidential campaign, Elias refrained from including politics in his talk and focused on his work on campaign finance. Following Elias’ presentation, the floor was opened to a Q&A session with the attendees.

After sponsoring events in the Metro New York City Region for a number of years, the Elihu Root Society is excited about the successful inaugural event for the Washington D.C. area and hopes to sponsor additional D.C. events in the future.

 

 

Wenxi Li ’10, Knute Gailor, ’13, Marc Elias ’90, George Baker ‘74

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:15 p.m.
The Role of the Lawyer in a Time of Governmental Reform:
Tales from the Giuliani Administration and NYC's Re-Birth

On September 16, the Elihu Root Society of New York hosted a talk by Daniel Connolly '85, P'18, titled "“The Role of the Lawyer in a Time of Governmental Reform: Tales from the Giuliani Administration and NYC’s Re-Birth.” Connolly currently serves as a managing partner at Brace & Giuliani LLP’s New York Office. His background includes positions within Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration, and appearances in front of a number of federal departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration.

The event was hosted by Joseph Serino ’85 and Paul Basta P’19 in the 50th floor conference room of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Manhattan office, which provided wonderful views of the New York City skyline. Stacy Sadove '07, Chair of the NY Elihu Root Society, described Connolly as “a dynamic, engaging speaker whose topic kept attendees’ attention throughout the talk.”

The Elihu Root Society provides a forum to develop and maintain contacts among a diverse group of alumni, parents, and friends who share the dual bond of Hamilton College and an interest in domestic and international law and public service.

 

 

 

Dan Connolly '85, P'18; Stacy Sadove '07; Joe Serino '85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reaching a Nuclear Agreement with Iran and Consequences of Failure

The Elihu Root Society of New York City gathered for an evening with Ambassador William Luers '51, GP'14

New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019

Introduction by President Joan Hinde Stewart
William H. Luers is the Director of The Iran Project and is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. Following a 31 year career as an American Foreign Service Officer, he was President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1986-1999. Then from 1999-2009 he was President and CEO of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) in New York. In the Foreign Service he was US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1983-1986) and Venezuela (1978-1982) and held numerous posts in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, and in the Department of State, where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (1977-1978) and for Inter-American Affairs (1975-1977). Luers received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his M.A. from Columbia University following four years in the United States Navy. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Hamilton College and Marlboro College.

Ambassador William Luers '51, GP'14
Ambassador William Luers '51, GP'14

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at noon

Lunch Gathering Hosted by John Christopher ’83, P’14 at Hodgson Russ LLP

The Guaranty Building
140 Pearl Street, Suite 100
Buffalo, New York 14202

Featuring guest speaker
Richard C. Tantillo, Vice President for Communications & Development

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Lunch Gathering Hosted by John Christopher ’83, P’14 at Hodgson Russ LLP

Featuring guest speaker Steven Bellona P’03Associate Vice President for Facilities & Planning and Assistant Indoor & Outdoor Track & Field Programs at Hamilton College

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Responding to Humanitarian Crisis: When Doing Good Is Not Good Enough

Guest Speaker Michael Klosson ’71, Vice President, Policy and Humanitarian Response at Save the Children

Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
825 8th Ave (between 49th and 50th Streets)
38th Floor
New York, NY 10019

Wine, beer and appetizer reception at 6 p.m.
Formal program at 6:40 p.m.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Inaugural Lunch Gathering Hosted by John Christopher ’83, P’14

Hodgson Russ LLP
The Guaranty Building
140 Pearl Street, Suite 100
Buffalo, New York 14202

Featuring guest speaker Mary McLean Evans ’82, Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of the Career Center

January 9, 2012

Panel Discussion: Career Paths in the Legal Field

Hamilton College’s Elihu Root Society and its Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) held an alumni and parent reception, which was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Julia Cowles ’84, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

Panelists included Michael Blasie ’07, Associate Attorney, Cooley LLP; Eric Grossman ’88, Managing Director and Global Head of Legal, Morgan Stanley; Lea Haber Kuck ’87, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and David Sorin P’07,’10, Co-Managing Partner, SorinRoyerCooper LLC.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
New York, NY 10017

November 9, 2011

The Honorable Judith S. Kaye P'91, Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, 1983-2008, presented a lecture on Wednesday, November 9, 2011.  The lecture was attended by over 50 alumni, parents and friends of Hamilton was held at Morrison & Foerster, LLP, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY. Judge Kaye spoke about her life - professional and personal.

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