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March 3, 2009

St. Francis Students Learn From Top Legal Alumnus Roy Reardon '51

St. Francis College Business Law students and College alumni had the opportunity to rub shoulders with a titan of the legal world and St. Francis College alumnus, Roy Reardon '51, J.D., a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett on March 3.

Reardon began his visit with Professor Dr. Miriam Salholz, and her class of Business Law students. He spoke about corporate governance issues, including directors' and officers' duty of loyalty and shareholder derivative lawsuits.

After class, Reardon sat down for an informal lunch with a group of 20 current students including two alumni currently attending law school. Reardon shared stories about his path from St. Francis College to St. John's law school to his current position as a partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in the litigation division. Besides the need be fully committed to the law, Reardon also expressed the courage it takes to work as a lawyer and the great satisfaction he gets from his work.

"Mr. Reardon emphasized to the students that it was not enough to give 100% of yourself to your efforts," said Professor Salholz. "He stressed that this group of aspiring lawyers must always go above and beyond what's expected in everything from studies in college and law school to working as a lawyer. I think the students were very appreciative of having the opportunity to meet with someone like Mr. Reardon and were also impressed by his graciousness and inspired by his passion."

Among Reardon's many accomplishments one case in particular stands out; when he represented disabled golfer Casey Martin before the Supreme Court in Martin's successful bid to ride in a golf cart while competing in PGA events.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City's five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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