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Law school commencement speaker urges graduates to make a difference
Saturday, May. 24, 2003
In a commencement speech in the
At the ceremonies, 294 J.D. degrees and 13 L.L.M. degrees were awarded. In addition, 34 of the law graduates received certificates in public interest and social justice law, 36 received certificates in high tech law, seven in international high tech law, and 15 in international law.
Of this year’s graduating class, 159 students were female, and 148 male. The SCU School of Law is one of the 10 most racially and ethnically diverse in the
Alexander’s decision to become a trial lawyer was the result of a personal loss. While studying for a master’s degree in public health at the
She pursued a wrongful death suit for her husband and was inspired by the conviction and willingness of attorneys who represented her case in the belief that other families should not have to suffer similar loss. After graduation, Alexander turned down a position with a prestigious law firm to become a plaintiff trial lawyer.
“I wanted to represent people,” she said. “Over the past 20 years I have had the privilege of making a difference for individual people --representing orphans, widows and injured workers, consumers hurt by dangerous products and the elderly defrauded of their life savings. That is what inspires me everyday and makes me proud to be a trial lawyer.”
At the commencement ceremonies, Alexander was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by Denise Carmody, provost at
Ceremonies for the 152nd SCU undergraduate commencement will be held June 14. The speaker will be
The SCU School of Law, founded in 1912, combines a tradition of excellence with a commitment to ethics, diversity, and social justice, and is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Many of its 968 students work in criminal and civil community law clinics, and may earn certificates in intellectual property law, international law, or public interest law. Law degrees may be combined with MBA or master’s in taxation degrees, and the law school offers lawyers master’s degrees in international law and intellectual property law.
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,060 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the fourth-highest graduation rate among all