On April 6, the NYU School of Law chapter of the Order of the Coif inducted Law School Trustee Thomas R. Brome ’67 as an honorary member. Brome was already an official member—he was inducted into the Order following his graduation from the Law School in 1967.
The Order of the Coif recognizes those law students who have achieved academic excellence. Students who finish their sixth semester of study in the top 10 percent of their class and graduate magna cum laude earn membership. The name “Coif” originated in Medieval England, when the best lawyers were known as sergeants-at-law. Upon their appointment, they received an elaborate white headdress, called a coif, to be worn in court. These men, who later added the wigs to their daily outfits, became known as sergeants of the coif.
NYU Chapter President Oscar Chase, Russell D. Niles Professor of Law, introduced the 2011 provisional members. Dean Richard Revesz introduced the guest of honor, who recently retired from Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he had been a partner.
Posted on April 19, 2011