Our class 40 years later... 

Welcome to our Class of 1978 40th Reunion newsletter!

Life After BC Law

A newsletter just for us

In anticipation of our 40th BC Law Reunion, enjoy this class newsletter, updating us on our classmates, professors, and BC Law over the past 40 years. 

In this class newsletter

Scroll down and you will find:

  • A list of our classmates who hope to attend our Reunion and how you can add your name TODAY! The sooner you add your name, the faster we can spread the word that our reunion is not to be missed.
  • The journey of a class couple who found more than the law at BC Law. 
  • An update on an admired professor who continues his half-century quest of promoting social justice. 
  • A request to be in our special class reunion book. Make sure to include a headshot and a few favorite photos. 
  • A heartfelt tribute to a deceased classmate who touched many of our lives and died much too young.
  • Photo request and hotel information for Reunion Weekend. Reserve now because discounted rooms are limited.
  • A heartfelt thank-you to all who contributed to the Law School Fund last fiscal year, and a request to participate in our reunion class gift so we can help BC Law continue to be at the forefront of academic excellence. 

Join us

There will be many social, academic, and networking events on campus on Friday, November 2 and at The Ritz-Carlton on Saturday, November 3. More information will be provided in the Reunion Weekend brochure, which will be mailed in August. We look forward to seeing you there!

Our Class Reunion Committee: Brian Snow, Chuck Walter, Rev. Fred Enman, Jaime Aponti-Parsi, Jim Yukevich, Lee Herman, Mercedes Evans, Paul Galvani, Susan Webman, and Tom Saunders

Don't miss the No. 1 attended alumni event of the year!

Our Reunion is the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends, network with alumni, see our professors, and reconnect with our law school.

Our Class of 1978 Hope-to-Go list:
Jaime Aponte-Parsi
Gilbert Badillo
Jill Berman
J. W. Carney
Rev. Fred Enman
Mercedes Evans
Scott Feinstein
Peter Flynn
Paul Galvani
John Glang
Lee Herman
Paul Hodes
Valerie Hoffman
Sheila Connors LeDuc
Maura O'Connell O'Donnell
Jim O'Donnell
Mary Orfanello
Tom Saunders
Gerri Scoll
Brian Snow
Scott Tucker
Christopher Ulrich
Chuck Walker
Susan Webman
Jim Yukevich

Classmate Spotlight

Finding love, the law, and the limelight at BC Law

Jim and Maura O'Connell O'Donnell 

We knew the chance of an "O'Connell" and an "O'Donnell" being in our BC Law class in the 1970s was pretty good, and the chance they would actually bump into each other was even better since their photos were right next to each other in our first-year Facebook.

Perhaps more difficult to predict was that the O'Connell and the O'Donnell would fall in love and marry, particularly given their disparate backgrounds as described in their bios that appeared in the playbill for our 1978 blockbuster Law Revue, Draculaw.

Hard to believe that Maura and Jim's lives after BC Law have included more love, more law, and yes, a little bit more of the limelight. Read Maura and Jim's journey

Do you have a favorite memory from your law school days? Just jot it down in a few sentences and email it to us TODAY.  

Be in our reunion class book

BC Law is celebrating our 40th Reunion with a special class book for us!

Only three reunion classes will receive a class book, and our class is one of them! The class book has been well received by prior reunion classes and is a great way for us to reconnect and stay in touch.

The only way to be in the book is to submit a profile and photos. Don't miss out!

Here's a peek at a few of last year's BC Law 40th reunion book profiles for inspiration:


In Memoriam

Larry Adelman

Our classmate, Larry Adelman, died of cancer on January 24, 1978,  months before our graduation. He was 26 years old. In the short time that we knew Larry, he touched many of our lives with his strong—yet gentle—character. A few weeks after Larry's passing, our classmate, Bob Quinn, put down in words what we, who knew Larry, were feeling.

In honor of Larry's memory, The Lawrence A. Adelman, JD '78 Endowed Scholarship Fund at BC Law was established this year by several members of our class. This gift will endow a scholarship for a Public Service Scholar at BC Law. You can read more about the worthy Public Service Scholars program in our most recent BC Law Magazine. This touching effort is a perfect way to mark the occasion of our 40th Reunion and continue the good work in service to others that Larry certainly would have done, had he been given the chance to do so. If you would like to make a contribution to the Adelman Fund, please contact Christine Kelly at All contributions to the fund will count toward our class reunion gift.

Here is Bob's heartfelt tribute to Larry. 

Remembering our deceased classmates

We want to acknowledge our classmates who have passed and are not able to celebrate our 40th Reunion with us. Share your memories of them by emailing us by August 30. 
If you are aware of any other classmates who have died, please let us know so that we can include them too. 

Larry Addelman
Edward Thomas Bigham
​Benjamin Jay Brettler
​Sharon Hornberger Brown
​James David Bruno
​Neil Paul Cronin
​Robert D. Gibbons
​Andrew Ralph Gustafson
​Dominique Passera Haupert​

James Charlton Knox
​Walter J. Konjolka​
Jane McArdle
​Denise O’Brien
​Michael Eugene O'Neill
​Richard Daniel Packenham
​Robin A. Reyes
​Michael K. Vlock
​H. Michael Zukowski

Reunite with our favorite professors


Come to Reunion Weekend and reconnect with your favorite professors. Let us know which professors you want to catch up with at our reunion.

Professors Howe, Plater, Katz, and Ault enjoying prior BC Law reunions.

Professor Spotlight

Professor Bob Bloom

In the late 1960s, then student Bob Bloom entered BC Law on a mission to earn a law degree so that he could help the underrepresented. Bob was able to pursue his mission by participating in BC Law's then innovative clinical program, Legal Assistance Bureau. 

A half-century later, it comes as no surprise to us that Bob has spent almost his entire career at BC Law promoting social justice by teaching courses and supervising students in BC Law's ever-expanding experiential learning programs. Read more about Bob.

Send us your best shots!


Share your favorite photos with us from our law school days. Graduation, Law Revue, Bar Review, sports, parties, trips...

Book your hotel early 

Boston-area hotels are in high demand in the fall. We urge you to reserve now. A block of rooms is available at a discounted rate for a limited time at the following hotels:

The Ritz-Carlton
Book online now and use the code BCWBCWA on the website
or call 800-241-3333 and reference the "Boston College Law School Reunion Weekend"
Park Plaza Hotel
Book online now or call 617-379-7129 and reference the "Boston College Law School Reunion"

Thank you!

This year our amazing law school community raised $1.73 million for the Law School Fund, exceeding the amount raised last fiscal year! Thanks to the generosity of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends, this money will provide much needed support for financial aid, public service stipends, faculty research grants, and more. 

Let's make FY19 even more successful. You can make a Reunion Class Gift in honor of a classmate, professor, or special person who made a positive impact on you.

A Special Invitation...
All Dean's Council donors are invited to a private BC Law reception with Dean Vincent Rougeau immediately prior to our Reunion celebration at The Ritz-Carlton on November 3. Learn how you can become a Dean's Council member and join Dean Rougeau at this special event.

We look forward to celebrating with you at our 40th Reunion!

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