FORE! John Jay’s FIRST-EVER Golf Outing!

Now alumni can get their alumni cards ONLINE! Gone are the days of the paper business cards – we’ve gone high tech. The new alumni cards are photo ID’s with swipe technology. No more waiting in line and signing-in for access to the college! Alumni can now swipe-in just like current students, faculty and staff. Plus, this card will NEVER expire!


Getting your card is easy:


  1. 1. Visit 
  2. 2. Complete the online form.
  3. 3. Pay the $5 processing fee.
  4. 4. Take your confirmation email to Public Safety (L2.61 NB).
  5. 5. SMILE! They’ll snap your picture and print your ID.

It’s that easy. For the full list of alumni benefits, click here.




This spring is full of accolades for alumna LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, ’75! This year LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson has been named recipient of the Alumni Association’s 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award. The award will be presented at the annual Alumni Reunion on April 24 – Click here for tickets!


LaBrenda has been an advocate for John Jay and our students for many years. She is a mentor and supporter of the Pre Law Institute, and the newest member of the John Jay College Foundation Board of Trustees. Last month, she was gifted the Alumna Honoree award at Law Day, and classroom 1.76 in the college’s New Building was dedicated in her honor.


LaBrenda graduated magna cum laude from John Jay College in 1975 with a B.A. in government. She was awarded the Award for Scholarship and Service at the 1975 commencement ceremony. After John Jay, she earned her J.D. and her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University Law School.


LaBrenda began her legal career in 1978 at the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. In 1982, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to serve on the nonpartisan, congressional staff of the Joint Committee of Taxation. As a senior legislation counsel, Ms. Garrett-Nelson had significant responsibility for the re-write of the Internal Revenue Code that occurred in 1986.


LaBrenda left government service in 1987 to become a partner at the Baltimore law firm of Piper & Marbury where she focused on corporate and international tax law. She also served as an adjunct professor of law for five years in the graduate tax program at the Georgetown University Law Center.


In the early 1990’s, she turned her attention to tax legislative and regulatory work, and became a founding partner of the highly regarded boutique law firm of Washington Counsel, PC. In 2000, Washington Counsel was acquired by one of the Big Four Accounting firms, Ernst & Young LLP. At Ernst & Young LLP, Ms. Garrett-Nelson worked as a principal, representing Fortune100 multinational clients before the congressional tax writing committees, at the Department of the Treasury and at the Internal Revenue Service. After a distinguished 35-year career as a tax attorney, she retired in June 2013 from Ernst & Young.


Join us on Thursday, April 24th to honor LaBrenda’s accomplishments. The Distinguished Alumnus/a award is awarded to an alumnus/a whose outstanding professional accomplishments motivate and inspire our students to excel.



At the 2014 Alumni Reunion, alumnus Hank Sheinkopf, 79', will moderate a discussion on the complexities civic leaders faced regarding policing in New York City during the 1960s through the eyes of Arthur Niederhoffer’s work Behind the Shield: The Police in Urban Society.


Hank Sheinkopf provides political commentary and analysis for CNN, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times and other news media outlets. He has advised political campaigns at every level, from city council to President. Sheinkopf advised Bill Clinton, Michael Bloomberg and many heads of state around the world. Mr. Sheinkopf is president of Sheinkopf Communications Ltd., and has been a political, public affairs and corporate media consultant for over 30 years. He received his BA from York College, MA from John Jay College, and MPhil from the CUNY Graduate Center.


The alumni reunion is taking place Thursday, April 24th and tickets are on sale now, click here! Policing and Politics in NYC during the 1960s is at 4:30pm.  Sign-up when you buy your reunion tickets and come early! It’s a conversation you won’t want to miss!



The 2014 John Jay Justice Award Ceremony is taking place on Tuesday, May 6th and this year the Medal for Justice recipient is Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1986 Elie Wiesel.  The Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice for The Supreme Court of the United States will present the award and special guests, actors Sir Patrick Stewart and James Earl Jones will be in attendance.  The event is being held at the Gerald Lynch Theater at 6:30p.m. To RSVP, visit


Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania. He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His mother and younger sister perished, his two older sisters survived. Elie and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died shortly before the camp was liberated in April 1945.


After the war, Elie Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist. During an interview with the distinguished French writer, Francois Mauriac, he was persuaded to write about his experiences in the death camps. The result was his internationally acclaimed memoir, Night (La Nuit), which has since been translated into more than thirty languages.


In 1978, President Jimmy Carter appointed Elie Wiesel as Chairman of the President's Commission on the Holocaust. In 1980, he became the Founding Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He is President of The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, an organization he and his wife created to fight indifference, intolerance and injustice. Elie Wiesel has received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.


A devoted supporter of Israel, Elie Wiesel has also defended the cause of Soviet Jews, Nicaragua's Miskito Indians, Argentina's Desaparecidos, Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, victims of famine and genocide in Africa, of apartheid in South Africa, and victims of war in the former Yugoslavia. For more than fifteen years, Elie and his wife Marion have been especially devoted to the cause of Ethiopian-born Israeli youth through the Foundation's Beit Tzipora Centers for Study and Enrichment.


Teaching has always been central to Elie Wiesel's work. Since 1976, he has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, where he also holds the title of University Professor. He is a member of the Faculty in the Department of Religion as well as the Department of Philosophy. Previously, he served as Distinguished Professor of Judaic Studies at the City University of New York (1972-76) and the first Henry Luce Visiting Scholar in Humanities and Social Thought at Yale University (1982-83).


Elie Wiesel is the author of more than sixty books of fiction and non-fiction, including A Beggar in Jerusalem (Prix Médicis winner), The Testament (Prix Livre Inter winner), The Fifth Son (winner of the Grand Prize in Literature from the City of Paris), two volumes of his memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea and And the Sea is Never Full, and most recently The Sonderberg Case.


For his literary and human rights activities, he has received numerous awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal, the National Humanities Medal, the Medal of Liberty, and the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor. In 1986, Elie Wiesel won the Nobel Prize for Peace, and soon after, Marion and Elie Wiesel established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.