Citigroup Chairman Parsons Receives Trustees Gold Medal from Albany Law School

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Albany Law School recognized Citigroup Chairman Richard Parsons '71 with a Trustees Gold Medal during his 40th law school reunion.

“It’s a law school where you can get a terrific legal education,” Parsons said while accepting the award. “But the thing that the school has is heart. It has heart; it has soul.”

Albany Law School recently recognized Citigroup Chairman Richard Parsons '71 with a Trustees Gold Medal, the highest accolade awarded by the school in recognition of exemplary support and dedication to the advancement of the school.

“It’s a law school where you can get a terrific legal education,” Parsons said while accepting the award. “But the thing that the school has is heart. It has heart; it has soul.”

The award was presented as part of Albany Law School's Alumni Reunion Weekend 2011, held from Sept. 23 to 25 in New York state’s capital. Parsons, celebrating his 40th reunion, visited campus, and accepted his award, on Friday, Sept. 23.

After graduating as valedictorian in 1971, Parsons remained connected to the law school, visiting the campus to speak to students, attending alumni gatherings and contributing generously to student scholarships and other law school initiatives. Earlier this year, Parsons presented Stephen Younger, a 1982 graduate, with an Albany Law School Distinguished Alumni Award at an event in New York City.

Prior to becoming Citigroup chairman, Parsons served as president, CEO and chairman of Time Warner. He is currently serving on President Barack Obama's economic advisory team, and he previously served as co-chair for President George W. Bush's commission on Social Security.

Since 1996, Albany Law School has awarded the Trustees Gold Medal to more than 60 alumni and friends of Albany Law School, including Senator Warren Anderson '40; Hon. Lawrence Cooke ’38; E. Stewart Jones, Jr. ‘66; Hon. Judith Kaye; and Edward Swyer.

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ALBANY LAW SCHOOL is a small, independent private school in the heart of New York state’s capital since 1851. As the oldest law school in New York and the oldest independent law school in the nation, the institution offers students an innovative, rigorous curriculum taught by a committed faculty. Several nationally recognized programs—including the Government Law Center and the Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center—provide opportunities for students to apply classroom learning. Students have access to New York's highest court, federal courts, the executive branch and the state legislature. With more than 9,000 alumni practicing in every state in the country, and several continents, the employment rate for graduates has been well above the national average for law schools for the past 30 years.

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