On Wednesday, April 9, the Connecticut Law Review hosted its annual Alumni Awards dinner. The membership honored the Honorable Robert J. Lynn of the New Hampshire Supreme Court for his commitment to public service and contributions to the legal community. Justice Lynn graduated from the Law School in 1975 and served as executive editor of the Connecticut Law Review. In his remarks, Justice Lynn regaled the membership with memories from his Law School experience and shared how his experience on the Connecticut Law Review deepened his appreciation for and belief in the power of footnotes.
The Law Review membership also presented Joanna S. Bowers ’13 with the Best Student Note Award in recognition of her achievement in legal scholarship. Her article, entitled "Downloading Minimum Contacts: The Propriety of Exercising Personal Jurisdiction Based on Smartphone Apps," (45 Conn. L. Rev. 357) has already garnered much attention in the legal community and been a leading authority for practitioners and scholars when discussing the issue of smartphone apps. In August, an opinion from the Northern District of California relied on Bower's Note for the proposition that apps that access the Internet are equivalent to websites for purposes of personal jurisdiction. Her Note has also been cited in three other secondary sources, including an article from the Alabama Law Review. Bowers was an Executive Editor of the Law Review last year and is currently a law clerk at the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut."
Dean Timothy S. Fisher welcomed attendees and discussed the reputation and success of the Connecticut Law Review. Current editor-in-chief Casey Smith '14 commented on the journal’s activities over the past year, including the array of topics covered in Volume 46. He also illustrated some highlights from this year’s annual symposium, "Up In Arms: The Second Amendment in the Modern Republic."
The award event was a festive occasion and attended by several Connecticut Law Review alumni, some of whom traveled a significant distance to reunite with their Law School classmates to share memories of Law Review editing. The occasion was an excellent opportunity to bridge different generations of Law Review members and to encourage connections between graduates and students that can continue to be fostered in the years to come.