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Brooklyn Law Awards Alumni of the Year and Rising Star
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Summary: Brooklyn Law School gave out their Alumni of the Year and Rising Star awards for 2018.

Brooklyn Law School gives an Alumni of the Year and Rising Star award each year. They recently announced their recipients for 2018, which will be presented at a luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental, New York, according to PR Newswire.


The luncheon to be held February 2 will distinguish graduates who exemplify the school’s history of service and excellence, as well as demonstrate a commitment to their professions, communities and the law school.

The Alumni of the Year are Allen J. Grubman, class of 1967, and Hannah Cao, class of 2003. Grubman is a partner at Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, P.C. Cao is the general counsel for China’s Silk Road Fund. The Law School’s Rising Star award went to Andrew Rausa, class of 2013. He is the lead advertising and privacy counsel for Facebook.

Dean Nick Allard said, “Each of these honorees is a shining example of the best of Brooklyn Law School – world-class lawyers who are tremendous leaders in their respective fields, widely admired for their expertise and achievements and advancing the Law School’s purpose of using the power of law to make a positive difference.”

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Grubman’s law firm started out as a music law firm but has since been expanding into all areas of entertainment law over the past twenty years. The firm is now one of the largest entertainment law firms in the world. Grubman has been a big part of this development and has had a major role in many of the top entertainment business deals in the past four decades.

He said, “Brooklyn Law School opened up a whole new world to me, and gave me the opportunity to have a life through the practice of entertainment law that I could never have dreamed of. Being honored as one of the alumni of the year is the icing on the cake. I feel that I have come full circle – it is recognition that I’ve reached a pinnacle in the legal and media community that I consider very important – and I try to give back as much as I can for the opportunity it afforded me.”

Cao joined China’s Silk Road Fund in 2015 and is now the General Counsel. Asian Legal Business has named her one of the top 15 General Counsels in China for 2016 and 2017. The Silk Road Fund is a medium- to long-term investment fund in Beijing, boasting capital of $40 billion and $15 billion. While at Brooklyn Law, she was an International Business Law fellow and the executive articles editor of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She was also involved in the Safe Harbor Project.

She said, “Brooklyn Law School was transformational for me. It instilled a belief in the value of the legal profession that continues to guide me through my career to this day. I am thrilled and humbled to be recognized as one of the Alumni of the Year. I view this honor not just as recognition of my own accomplishments, but as a celebration of all Brooklyn Law School graduates’ commitment to using the power of law to benefit our local, national, and global communities.”

Rausa was the Corporate Counsel for Undertone, a New York-based digital advertising company, right out of law school. In 2015, he assisted in the sale of Undertone and was soon after recruited by Facebook. He now works from Facebook’s California headquarters in Menlo Park. Just a year after joining the social media company, he was promoted to Lead Advertising & Privacy Counsel.

Rausa said, “My time at Brooklyn Law School was invaluable in arming me with the skills necessary to tackle the complex and unprecedented issues that I work on at Facebook. Brooklyn Law’s excellent clinical education, namely the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy clinic, combined with the proximity of the school to New York City’s robust tech scene, allowed me to get hands-on experience working with early-stage tech companies.”

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