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Howard University School of Law Celebrated Thurgood Marshall In One Of New York Cityís Grand Traditions

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New York, NY- On Wednesday, June 11th, 2008, Howard University School of Law hosted “A Perfect Night for THURGOOD,” a fundraiser to benefit scholarships, technology upgrades and general support for the School of Law. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP was the Presenting Sponsor for this largely successful event. Bill Snipes, an S&C partner, said “watching Laurence Fishburne’s phenomenal portrayal of Thurgood Marshall was a rare instance where Howard law alumni can be eye-witnesses to history and participate in its making. This also makes the case that one can learn, derive pleasure and financially support the law school in one fell swoop.”

Over 200 people attended the Cocktail Reception at B. Smith’s Restaurant located on 46th Street on Manhattan’s Westside. The event featured signature cocktails Marshall’s Law, the 1867 and The Thurgood in the spirit of the evening’s theme which celebrated the life of Howard Law alumnus Thurgood Marshall. Following the reception, alumni and friends of Howard University School of Law attended the broadway production of THURGOOD. The show stars Laurence Fishburne as the renowned jurist and the first African American Supreme Court Justice of the United States. Fishburne engaged the audience in an intimate discussion after his rousing performance which had theater goers at times laughing, intrigued, and proud.

“We were excited to see Justice Marshall portrayed on stage in this year which also marks the 100th anniversary of his birth,” said Kurt Schmoke, dean of the Howard University School of Law. Schmoke continued, “In celebrating his life [Thurgood] we also raised funds to support the next generation of social engineers who follow in the legacy of Thurgood Marshall.” Dean Schmoke also noted that to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Justice Marshall, a major symposium on the jurisprudence of Marshall will be held at Howard Law School this Fall semester.

Attendees included alumni who were excited for the opportunity to support the School of Law while reconnecting with classmates and networking with partners and associates from some of largest firms in New York and Washington, DC. Supporters joined the School of Law for this momentous occasion from as far away as Florida and Texas.

The lingering sentiment of those gathered after the show in front of the Booth Theater was that indeed it was a perfect night.

Additional sponsorship provided by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, HUSL Alumni at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (past and present), Bill Haber, The Middleton Law Group, Alice Greshman, Esq., LaShann DeArcy and Courtney Hall and The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks.

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(l-r) Bill Snipes and Dean Kurt L. Schmoke
Photo credits: 5th Avenue Digital
(l-r) Incoming 1L student Dwane Jones and Cadwalader associates Nicole Cuttino
(Support Committee Member), Reginald Lucas



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