Office of Development & Alumni Relations Hosts 32nd Annual John Sherman Myers Society Celebration

On Sept. 23, 2016, the AUWCL Office of Development & Alumni Relations hosted the 32nd Annual John Sherman Myers Society Celebration and Dinner. The event brought together Myers Society and Gold Society members that have generously given to the law school and its students.

The John Sherman Myers Society was established to honor former Dean John Sherman Myers and his wife, Alvina Reckman Myers. Since its inceptions thirty years ago, the Myers Society has had a visible impact on AUWCL students – providing critical funding for scholarships, technological developments, facilities, academic initiatives, and student services.

At this year’s celebration, Myers Society Chair Tom Morante ’77 and American University President Neil Kerwin SPA/BA ’71 welcomed guests to Claudio Grossman Hall. The law school’s Dean Camille Nelson delivered an address entitled, “Looking Forward/Forward Looking,” highlighting the new state-of-the-art Tenley Campus and how it embodies the law school community’s commitment to excellence in education, scholarship, and service.

After dinner and a performance by the Law Revue, Professor Robert Dinerstein presented the Myers Scholarship to Shawnta Albro ’17 and Ann Garcia ’17.

Dean Nelson then honored Leigh Basha ’85 with The Founders Award for her dedication and service to the law school. Basha is a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP, and heads the D.C. Private Practice Group, which focuses on domestic and international estate and tax planning. The award commemorates the law school’s pioneering founders Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma Gillett.

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Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman welcoming alumni.
Dean Emeritus Claudio Grossman welcoming alumni.
The Myers Society Celebration held in Claudio Grossman Hall.
The Myers Society Celebration held in Claudio Grossman Hall.
Recent alumni at the Myers Society Celebration.
Recent alumni at the Myers Society Celebration.
Edna Ruth Vincent '89, Dean Camille Nelson, and Judge Gerald Bruce Lee '76.
Edna Ruth Vincent '89, Dean Camille Nelson, and Judge Gerald Bruce Lee '76.
Myers Society Celebration
Myers Society Celebration
Alumni celebrate at the Myers Society Dinner.
Alumni celebrate at the Myers Society Dinner.
THIS MOMENT: The Campaign for Washington College of Law Donor Wall.
THIS MOMENT: The Campaign for Washington College of Law Donor Wall.
Gold Society members at the celebration.
Gold Society members at the celebration.
Gathering at the Myers Society Celebration.
Gathering at the Myers Society Celebration.
Professor Elliott Milstein, Dean Camille Nelson, Patricia Lore, and Ken Lore.
Professor Elliott Milstein, Dean Camille Nelson, Patricia Lore, and Ken Lore.
Alumni and friends at the Myers Society Celebration.
Alumni and friends at the Myers Society Celebration.
Law Revue performers during the Myers Society Dinner.
Law Revue performers during the Myers Society Dinner.
Myers Society Chair Tom Morante '77.
Myers Society Chair Tom Morante '77.
American University President Neil Kerwin.
American University President Neil Kerwin.
Dean Camille Nelson addressing attendees.
Dean Camille Nelson addressing attendees.
Prof. Robert Dinerstein awarding the Myers Scholarships.
Prof. Robert Dinerstein awarding the Myers Scholarships.
Shawnta Albro '17, recipient of the Myers Scholarship.
Shawnta Albro '17, recipient of the Myers Scholarship.
Ann Garcia '17, recipient of the Myers Scholarship.
Ann Garcia '17, recipient of the Myers Scholarship.
Dean Nelson presenting Leigh Basha with The Founders Award.
Dean Nelson presenting Leigh Basha with The Founders Award.
The Founders Award recipient Leigh Basha '85.
The Founders Award recipient Leigh Basha '85.