The focus of the Harvard Law School Association over the next two years will be building awareness and engagement among alumni on a global basis. My mantra is “One World, One HLSA.” We work collaboratively with local associations that focus on events for students and alumni in their own cities. Over the next two years, we intend to build upon our global initiative so that alumni and students can more easily connect with each other around the United States and around the world. We are also launching these pages as a regular feature of the Harvard Law Bulletin.

During the next two years, we will work hard to support existing affinity initiatives, such as our upcoming Celebration of Black Alumni (September 2011). We are launching a new initiative, a global women’s network, that will connect HLS alumnae throughout the world. It will begin in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and expand based upon interest. In addition, we will begin focusing on our senior alumni (alumni who graduated before 1965) through an initiative that will provide special programming during reunion weekends as well as through local associations. We will also continue with our new alumni programming (for recent grads) and outreach to current students.

The Harvard Law School Association was founded in 1886 and will celebrate its 125th anniversary during my term. There will be dinners and receptions around the world over the next 12 months, beginning in December 2010. Please plan to attend as many events as possible. I look forward to celebrating with old friends and new.

Sharon E. Jones ’82 became president of the HLSA in June 2010. She is president of O-H Community Partners in Chicago.