Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association

BLAPA Annual Spring Dinner

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Capitale, 130 Bowery, New York City

The Annual BLAPA Spring Dinner is a wonderful opportunity to join alumni, faculty, administrators, students, and the BLAPA Executive Board in celebrating the achievements of the outstanding BLAPA alumni who are being honored with the distinguished service award. 

The dinner also provides a forum in which to show support for the recipients of the Derrick Bell Scholarship for Public Service.

The cost of an individual dinner ticket is $100. Consideration is given to graduates in public service. Firms may also sponsor tables at a platinum, gold, silver, or bronze level.

To attend the event, please RSVP.

Keynote Speaker

Harold KohHarold Hongju Koh
Distinguished Scholar in Residence,
NYU School of Law
Sterling Professor of International Law,
Yale Law School

Harold Hongju Koh is currently a distinguished scholar in residence at NYU School of Law and Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 1985 and where he was its 15th dean, from 2004 until 2009. Koh was Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale from 1993 to 2009. For four years after that, he served as the 22nd legal adviser of the US Department of State, for which he received Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's Distinguished Service Award. Previously, from 1998 to 2001, he served as US assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor.

Koh has received 15 honorary degrees and more than 30 awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for lifetime achievements in international law. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 180 articles, testified regularly before the US Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues in both US and international tribunals. Koh is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; a former visiting fellow of All Souls College, Oxford; and a member of the council of the American Law Institute.

He holds JD and BA degrees from Harvard University and BA and MA degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. Before going to Yale, he served as a law clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the US Supreme Court and Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington, and served as an attorney-adviser for the Office of Legal Counsel at the US Department of Justice.


These two NYU School of Law alumni will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.

Linda GadsbyLinda Gadsby ’92
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Scholastic

Linda Gadsby is vice president and deputy general counsel at Scholastic Inc., the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, and a leading developer of educational technology. For more than 20 years, she has been providing counsel to employers on all aspects of employment law, and representing her clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. She has also managed union-organizing efforts and handled collective bargaining negotiations, grievance hearings, union arbitrations, and various National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) matters.

Gadsby is responsible for handling all labor and employment law issues for Scholastic’s approximately 7,000 domestic employees, plus the UK, Canada, Puerto Rico, and other locations. In addition, she serves as the primary attorney for two of the company’s largest divisions: Scholastic Book Fairs and the National Service Organization (manufacturing and distribution). She also manages the company’s immigration and employee benefits law areas, regularly advises and counsels top executives, and serves on the company’s Administrative Committee.

A past NYU Law BLAPA president, Gadsby sits on the board of the NYU Law Alumni Association and co-chairs its Awards Committee; she is chair of her NYU Law 20th Reunion Committee, co-chair of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, administrative board member of the Cornell University Council, and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Gadsby also sits on the boards of Practice Makes Perfect (an educational not-for-profit) and the Essex Hudson Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, among other activities.

Gadsby was honored in 2014 by NYU School of Law’s Women of Color Collective, named Alumna of the Month by NYU Law, and received Chambers USA Women in Law’s Outstanding Contribution to Mentoring Award. She has also been recognized by the Girls Scouts of Greater New York and The Network Journal, and Diversity magazines. In 2011, Gadsby was appointed to the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy. Gadsby holds a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and a JD from NYU Law.


Ramsey HomsanyRamsey Homsany ’00
General Counsel, Dropbox

Ramsey P. Homsany is general counsel at Dropbox, where he is responsible for legal and public policy and previously managed the company's People Operations and Communications teams. At Dropbox, which today has more than 300 million users in over 200 countries and syncs over 1 billion files a day, Homsany has helped the company vigorously defend user privacy, raise several rounds of capital, negotiate strategic partnerships, and complete 20-plus acquisitions. Before working at Dropbox, Homsany was vice president and deputy general counsel at Google, where he managed Google's commercial legal groups and its Latin America legal team, and negotiated some of the Internet industry's largest partnerships. 

Previously, Homsany was an attorney in the Technology Transactions Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he counseled high-technology companies on intellectual property issues, commercial partnerships, and product development and represented pro bono indigent clients seeking political asylum. Homsany was a lecturer at Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has lectured at universities across the country on intellectual property and technology policy issues. He also serves as an independent member of the board of directors of Sharethrough Inc., the leading native advertising automation company.

Homsany holds a BS in chemical and biochemical engineering from Rutgers University and a JD from New York University School of Law. He is admitted in California and New York, and before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Our Sponsors

BLAPA would like to especially thank the following firms for their leadership in sponsoring tonight’s event:

Silver Level Sponsor

Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom

Bronze Level Sponsors

Baker Hostetler
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Covington & Burling
Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Debevoise & Plimpton
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

The BLAPA Spring Dinner is made possible by the NYU Law Fund.


See photos from last year's event.