The Bucerius Alumni Association is managed by a twelve-member board. In addition to the three core board members – consisting of our president, the secretary general and the treasurer – we operate in a departmental system. You can see who is responsible for which area below. Additionally, we are actively supported by our association's executive director and our student assistants.
Our core board manages the day-to-day business of the association. Nikola is responsible for the organization of the office and the board, i.e. deals with all issues related to membership administration, board work and the work of our employees. In addition, an association of our size also needs to be managed financially: Philipp monitors the use of funds and sponsorship agreements. The president is where everything comes together: Magdalena maintains regular contact with the university and the ZEIT Foundation and represents us in the Board of Trustees.
Johannes and Victoria from the Public Relations department provid e information about everything that is happening on and off campus. They promote upcoming events in the preview and share impressions of them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and our website. We also describe developments at our alma mater that you won't want to miss in our newsletter. Since April 2020, we have had our podcast Pretzels & Wine, in which Laura Schmidt talks to different alumni and alumnae about law school and their paths afterwards over a glass of wine. At the end of each year, we publish our magazine GERD, in which you will find interviews with personalities from the law school, reports on the board's work, various members' own contributions, and photo galleries. A special highlight is waiting for you at the end of the magazine: an update section, which informs you about news in the lives of other alumni and alumnae.
Laura takes care of university politics. She meets weekly with the university management and the student council on our behalf, represents the interests of the association in the senate meetings and travels to the closed-door meeting of the university management. This way, our board stays informed about all important decisions and we can bring in our perspective where our interests are affected.
Since the last board period, all offers for our members have been managed jointly in the "Member Services" department. Whether it's information about the traineeship, networking events or reunions with old fellow students – all this is now available from a single source. Finally, we have facilitated the work of the group leaders and strengthened our networking outside Hamburg. We want to build on this and offer all members, especially those in other cities and older cohorts, an active club life.
The department "Alumni Association for Students" is the link between the association and student life on campus. It is important to us to strengthen the contact between alumni and students and to give the latter access to experience and our network. We organize events throughout the year to help students succeed in their studies. Examples of popular events in recent years include "Staying Calm" in Propaedeutics and the "How to Do It?" series on topics such as term papers or exam seminar papers. We want to be a sparring partner for all students. No matter whether you are a bachelor, master, or doctoral student: Liv and Tim are always happy to receive your input!
The backbone of our association's treasury? Your membership fees! However, we use these exclusively for the promotion of our university and the administration of the association. In order to be able to support all other projects – GERD, Alumni Dinner, support of student applicants, Financial Aid Fund and so on – we are dependent on third-party funds. Therefore, Max is always on the lookout for new donations and sponsorships.
As the association's executive director, Magnus – with his deputy Alexander – pulls all the strings in the background. The two of them are not only responsible for the administration of the association (especially the membership data), but are also available to the different departments of the university as well as to all members and students as first contact persons for questions of any kind. Particularly, this includes the cooperation with the executive board and the coordination of the work of our student employees. Furthermore, Magnus coordinates the board and advisory board meetings and supervises the graduate fair from the association's side. Additionally, Alexander is responsible for the organization of the general meeting and Maximilian for our IT and salesforce.