65 Years, Countless Stories: Frederica Brenneman ’53 September 19, 2018 Alumni Focus


This September, Harvard Law School commemorated 65 years since women first graduated from Harvard Law School. Since that historic milestone, the number of women at HLS has grown dramatically from 13 women in the Class of 1953 to women making up nearly 50 percent of the incoming class in 2018.

This past weekend, on Sept. 14-15, hundreds of Harvard Law alumnae gathered on campus for Celebration 65 to commemorate this anniversary and celebrate HLS alumnae’s contributions to the legal profession and society.

In the “Countless Stories” video series, alumni from across the generations share their HLS experience and explain the difference their legal education has made in their lives.

In this segment, Frederica Brenneman ’53 shares her Harvard Law experience as a member of the first HLS class to admit women. In 1967 Frederica Brenneman was working as a law clerk to the Connecticut legislature’s judiciary committee when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that juveniles were entitled to constitutional due process. In the wake of In Re Gault, the state’s juvenile court doubled in size and Brenneman was appointed, the second woman on the bench in Connecticut history. She became judge in Superior Court when the state trial courts merged in 1978. In her long career Brenneman has specialized in abuse and neglect cases, pushed for stronger legal protections for children, shaped clear statewide protocols and case law, trained innumerable judges, and educated caseworkers, attorneys, parents, and the public on court procedures.  Read more about Brenneman’s career in public service and her role as a consulting judge in the T.V. series “Judging Amy,” starring her daughter Amy Brenneman, in Harvard Law Bulletin’s Summer 2000 article “Brennemans on the Bench.”


‘NYPD Blue’ at 25: Dennis Franz, Amy Brenneman, Gordon Clapp Reflect on Legacy


By Scott Huver

Twenty-five years ago, audiences were captivated by a most arresting and original spin on a TV staple — the police drama. Steven Bochco, who was already well-known as one of television’s chief innovators and reinventors thanks to high-quality series like “Paris,” “L.A. Law” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, co-created “NYPD Blue.” This was his second reinvention of the genre (he was also responsible for “Hill Street Blues”), but in teaming up with David Milch the envelope was pushed even farther.

Not only would “NYPD Blue” pioneer a grittier, more frenetic storytelling style with the use of regularly jerky and very verite handheld camera, it would challenge long-established broadcast network limits regarding violence, nudity and four-letter words. Of course, the road for such a disruptive new approach would not be an easy one, with high drama playing out both among the opposition to the game-changing series and within its own ranks before it finally debuted on ABC on Sept. 21, 1993.

Here, three of “NYPD Blue’s” first-season standouts, Dennis Franz (Det. Andy Sipowicz), Gordon Clapp (Det. Greg Medavoy) and Amy Brenneman (Officer Janice Licalsi), recall the tumultuous journey to launch a TV upstart that would ultimately become an institution.

Amy Brenneman: I had worked out in LA a little bit, but I was back in New York playing “St. Joan” at Yale Rep. And my agents in LA were like, “You’re insane — you can’t do a play! It’s pilot season.” And I was like “But it’s St. Joan! I have to play St. Joan! [Casting director] Alexa Fogel, who had been an early champion of mine, said “There’s this one, and if you can come in…” I was actually brought in to play Sherry Stringfield’s part, and I totally loused up the lines — and didn’t really care, because I just was sort of sassy that way, And I famously turned to David Milch, completely joking, and said, “You know, if I’m gonna play this, really, you’re gonna have to change these lines. I can’t get them.” I meant it as a total joke, and of course they were like, “That’s our girl: she’s the one that should kill people in the pilot.”

Read this full article at: www.Variety.com

Turner Upfront 2018 Arrivals


NEW YORK, NY – MAY 16: (L-R) Casey Haver, Bruna Papandrea, Hamish Linklater, Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman, Enrique Murciano and Harriet Warner attend the Turner Upfront 2018 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2018 in New York City. 376263 (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Turner)

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Light Up The Blues


On Saturday April 21, 2018, some of the biggest names in music came together at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre for the fifth annual Light Up The Blues concert. Light Up The Blues is a benefit for Autism Speaks, and the event and the organization seeks to promote global awareness of the Autism community. Since Light Up The Blues inception in 2013, the concerts’ events have raised of $1.8 million for Autism Speaks.

For its landmark fifth year, the high-profile concert boasted performances by Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Burt Bacharach, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Patti Smith, Chris Stills, Oliver Stills, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Steve Ferrone, and more. In addition, Jack Black emceed the evening and movie stars like Christina Applegate, Amy Brenneman, and Sarah Silverman were on hand to support the worthy cause.

You can check out an extensive gallery of photos from last night’s A-list benefit below, courtesy of Erik Kabik.

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