PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League has selected Columbia Hall of Famers Jonathan Schiller '69CC and Judie Lomax '10BC as Legends of Ivy League Basketball. The league office announced its inaugural 16-member class on Monday.
Legends of Ivy League Basketball recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to — and left a lasting impact on — their respective basketball programs and universities. Each member of the Ancient Eight is represented by one male and one female honoree, as selected by their university athletic department.
Four legends will be formally honored at halftime of each semifinal game at the 2017 Ivy League Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments on Saturday, March 11, at The Palestra in Philadelphia. Schiller will be honored during halftime of the 4 p.m. men's semifinal. Lomax will be honored during halftime of the 6:30 p.m. women's semifinal.
Jonathan Schiller ‘69CC
A three-year letterwinner for Columbia, Jonathan Schiller was a member of the 1967-68 Ivy League men’s basketball championship team, ranked fifth in the country, which was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame in February 2006. Schiller was a frontcourt player who competed alongside future NBA players Jim McMillian and Dave Newmark under Columbia Hall of Fame head coach Jack Rohan.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1969, Schiller went on to graduate from Columbia Law School with his J.D. in 1973. Schiller is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP and oversees the firm’s pro-bono program. He received the John Jay Award from Columbia College in 2006 and the Alexander Hamilton Medal for “distinguished service and accomplishment” from the school in 2012. A member of the Dean’s Council of Columbia Law School, Schiller was named a University Trustee in 2009. He was dubbed a co-chair of the University Trustees in 2014, along with Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Bill Campbell, and has served as the sole chair since 2015. Each of his three sons are also Columbia graduates: Zachary, Columbia College (2001); Joshua, Columbia Law School (2008) and Aaron, Columbia College (2006).
One of the most highly regarded commercial litigators and arbitration lawyers in the United States and overseas, Schiller has served as lead counsel in numerous high-profile cases for clients including Barclays, Goldman Sachs, CBS, the New York Yankees and DraftKings. In recognition of his professional attainment, distinguished service and extraordinary leadership in the legal profession, Schiller was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Judie Lomax ’10BC
Despite spending just two seasons in a Lion uniform, Judie Lomax left an indelible mark on the Columbia women’s basketball program. A two-time NCAA Division I rebounding champion, Lomax will forever hold the distinction of being the first NCAA Division I women’s basketball player to lead the nation in rebounding in consecutive seasons. She averaged 14.3 boards per game as a junior in 2008-09 and tallied 14.2 per game as a senior. Those averages helped Lomax produce the top two rebounding campaigns in Lion lore with 401 in 2008-09 and 398 in 2009-10.
The first Columbia women’s basketball player to be named Ivy League Player of the Year, Lomax’s name still dots the Lion record books. She ranks second in career rebounds with 799 and third in single-season points with 521 (2009-10). Lomax also boasts four of the top five single-game rebounding efforts for Columbia, including a career-high 27 against Brown in the final outing of her career on March 6, 2010. In each of her two seasons, Lomax was both a first-team All-Ivy selection and an Academic All-Ivy honoree. She was an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention in 2009-10 after leading the Lions to a school-record 18 wins, their most since becoming a Division I program.
A 2010 graduate of Barnard College, Lomax was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016. After graduation, she pursued a professional basketball career with the Connecticut Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), Aanekosken Huima of Finland’s Naisten Korisliiga and Eisvogel USC Freiburg of Germany’s Damen-Basketball-Bundesliga. Lomax retired to pursue her lifelong goal of becoming a psychologist. After earning her master’s in 2015, Lomax became a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Loyola University Maryland. Her primary clinical and research interests are in sports psychology, resilience, adjustment to life transitions and geropsychology. She is currently completing her dissertation, which examines the role of exercise regiments in fostering self-efficacy and self-esteem in individuals as they work to exit homelessness.