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NEW YORK, April 6, 2006 --- Student members of the New York Law School Law Review were treated to two once-in-a-lifetime experiences on Friday night, March 24: They celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Law Review, and their celebration was attended by a United States Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, who also gave the keynote speech.
Justice Scalia elicited a number of laughs during his speech. He poked good-natured fun at appellate counsel, promising to list their “admirable” and “unadmirable” qualities; the unadmirable qualities were many, with mispronunciation of the name “Scalia” number one on the list. The admirable qualities numbered exactly two, one of which, Scalia said with a smile, was counsel ending his argument and “shutting up and sitting down.”
The banquet, held in the glittering ballroom of SoHo’s Puck Building, was attended by legal luminaries including renowned First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams and Arthur Abbey ’59, chairman of New York Law School’s Board of Trustees. Justice Scalia was introduced by longtime friend Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union. Despite their ideological differences, Strossen, a New York Law School professor, described Justice Scalia as a “hero” for civil libertarians in particular cases, such as his recent dissent in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and in his vote to uphold the First Amendment right to burn the United States flag.
New this year, a video documentary, Insight & Substance: Fifty Years of the New York Law School Law Review, featured interviews with past law review editors, including the Honorable Roger J. Miner ’56, senior judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and managing editor of the law review, 1955–1956. The documentary was written, produced, and edited by Carra Greenberg 3L.
Law Review Publisher Cameron Stracher thanked Marcey Grigsby 3L, editor-in-chief, and Tim Regan 3L, managing editor, for their excellent work, and welcomed the new editor-in-chief, Catherine Hughes-Corwin 2L and new managing editor, Barbara Yan 2L. He also thanked New York Law School Dean and President Richard A. Matasar and the entire law school faculty for their “passionate support of the Law Review.”
About the New York Law School Law Review
The New York Law School Law Review is edited and published entirely by students at New York Law School approximately four times a year. The Law Review publishes articles and notes by professors, judges, practitioners, and students on many areas of legal scholarship, including constitutional law, criminal law, international law, corporate law, legal education, and legal history. It serves not only as an academic forum for legal scholarship, but is designed to be an effective research tool for practicing attorneys and students of the law. The Law Review provides opportunities for members to develop their own editing and writing skills, with each issue containing pieces by student editors as well as outside authors.
About New York Law School:
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is the second oldest independent law school in the United States. Drawing on its location near the centers of law, government, and finance in New York City, its faculty of noted and prolific scholars has built the school’s curricular strength in the areas of tax law, labor and employment law, civil and human rights law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and interdisciplinary fields such as legal history and legal ethics. New York Law School has more than 11,000 graduates and enrolls some 1500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program. It is one of only two law schools in the metropolitan area to offer the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Tax Law.