On a breezy fall evening during Homecoming weekend, Miami Law classmates of years past reunited, mingled and exchanged legal war stories at reunion receptions in the University of Miami's Lowe Art Museum.
As throngs cheered the Homecoming Parade outside the museum, members of the Miami Law classes of 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996 gathered among the Lowe's eclectic sculptures and paintings to discuss the years that have passed since they graduated. Glimmers of recognition turned into full-fledged hugs and shrieks as old friends met again, some for the first time in three decades.
"Thirty years later, law school is still one of the best things I've ever done," Rosalind Herschthal, JD '81, said after greeting a group of classmates. "I've loved every aspect of practicing law – even after slowing down to have a family and be a mom."
Some alumni gathered in the small café area to sit and chat quietly with classmates. Others sampled the open bar and hors d'oeuvres, mingling to music from a pianist and a saxophonist.
David S. Hope, JD '96, and Bradley A. Silverman, JD '96, are friends who serve on the Reunion Committee. After graduating from law school, both decided to stay in Miami – Hope became an assistant county attorney, and Silverman a civil trial attorney – and consider it important to find time to catch up. "We still try to take advantage of events like this," Hope laughed. "It's good to meet up just to stay in touch."
Abbe Rifkin Logan, JD '81, and General Magistrate Margaret Rosenbaum, JD '81, share a similar story. Logan, who is an assistant state attorney, admitted that she and Rosenbaum did not start off as best friends in the competitive atmosphere of law school, but they quickly became close.
"We were in each other's weddings," Logan said, "and now we're in the same bowling league!"
Alumni were given gift bags and coffee mugs as party favors, and many had their pictures taken by a professional photographer, with Miami Law logos in the background and festive green and orange balloons.
Miami Law students acted as hosts and hostesses for the event. "I'm happy to come out and help," third-year student Meg Kelsey said. "It's a great opportunity to serve but also mix and mingle with alumni."