May 10, 2010 12:26 Age: 4 yrs

Emory Law Celebrates Commencement 2010

Emory University School of Law celebrated the 165th Commencement of Emory University on Monday, May 10. The commencement exercises began at 8 a.m. on the Quadrangle with Emory University President James W. Wagner presiding. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered the keynote address. Schwarzenegger also received an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Following the main ceremony, 260 law school graduates received diplomas during the Emory Law Hooding and Diploma Ceremony on the South Lawn of Gambrell Hall.

Watch the video of the Hooding and Diploma Ceremony.

David F. Partlett, dean and Asa Griggs Candler professor of law, provided the welcome and opening remarks.

“Our time here allows us to grow,” said Dean Partlett. “I want you to remember the conversations you’ve been introduced to over the last three years and remember this law school as a place of broad and deep friendships.”

Emory Law Alumni Association President Halli Cohn 90L welcomed members of the Class of 2010 as the newest alumni of Emory Law.

“Success in the legal profession is really dependent on what you put into it,” Cohn told the graduating law students. “Let your career take different turns along the way because that is how it is supposed to be. Your ultimate success is dependent on hard work and perseverance.”

Prior to the conferral of degrees, select students and faculty were honored. Frank S. Alexander received this year’s Most Outstanding Professor Award.

“I never planned on becoming a lawyer much less a law professor,” Alexander told the graduates. “The uncertainty which is a hallmark of all of our lives is a great gift because it allows a chance encounter with another person to be a pivotal moment that bears fruit many years later.

“The gift of uncertainty allows us to discover the possibilities of the unplanned moments,” he said.

Jason Esteves 10L, president of the Student Bar Association received the Most Outstanding Third-Year Student Award. Esteves called on his classmates to remain active.

“We are leaders,” Esteves said. “We are ambitious and when we see an issue or problem, we do something about it. These are difficult times but that is when our class does its best. We have the unique opportunity to do what we did at Emory Law around the country and that is to make it a better place.”

The Minister Gloria Jean Fowler Angel Award—which recognizes a graduating student who embodies the kindness and grace of former Emory Law employee Gloria Jean Fowler—was awarded to Brandon Goldberg.

Other awards announced at the ceremony included the Emory Williams Teaching Award, which was established in 1972 and is the highest award at Emory for excellence in teaching. The award was presented to Emory Law Professor Charles A. Shanor. The Ben F. Johnson Teaching Award, which recognizes a commitment to teaching and excellence, was presented to L.Q.C. Lamar Professor of Law Peter Hay and Professor Nathaniel E. Gozansky.

The Class of 2010 presented its class gift check to Dean Partlett during the ceremony. The class raised $107,025 to benefit Emory Law’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program and the law school’s clinical program. The gift was the largest in the school’s history.

For more information about commencement, visit Emory Law's commencement page.

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