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A Glimpse Back In Time: 1925 Commencement Speech

As valedictorian of the Southwestern Class of 1925, Ivan Miller described commencement as a bittersweet moment, and exploded the myth of the strict and demanding law professors of that era, exclaiming, "No one occupies a higher place in our regard or a more lasting niche in our memory than the professors who worked so unselfishly to prepare us for our chosen profession." Miller, a former telegraph operator ...

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Southwestern Graduates Inspired by a Myriad of Speakers

During Southwestern's 99th Commencement Ceremony held on May 18 at the Shrine Auditorium, the graduates and their family members and guests were treated to a series of inspiring speeches by Dean Susan Westerberg Prager, graduating evening student Jahmy Graham and Hon. Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice for the Supreme Court of California. During the ceremony, degrees were conferred on 310 J.D. and 25 LL.M. grad ...

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Southwestern Torch Bearers Keep it in the Family

Joy Kraft Miles left a career as a teacher to attend law school. She had good reason to be confident in her ability to succeed. "My mother went to Southwestern with four children living in the house when I was a teenager," she said. "I figured if she could do it 25 years ago, then I could start a new career pathway with a toddler." Marcia Kraft '91 advised her daughter to study hard and be patient with the ...

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Dean Emeritus Bryant Garth to Receive Honorary Degree

The Southwestern Board of Trustees will confer an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree on Dean Emeritus Bryant G. Garth at the law school's 99th Commencement Ceremony on May 18, 2014. Dean Garth is one of the most prominent international scholars on the legal profession, dispute resolution, globalization and the rule of law. He was appointed as Southwestern's tenth dean in 2005 after many years as the Director of ...

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Justice Liu of the California Supreme Court to Speak at Commencement Ceremony

The Honorable Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of California, will deliver the keynote address at Southwestern's 99th Commencement Ceremony on May 18, 2014 at the Shrine Auditorium. He will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony. In her announcement, Dean Susan Prager said, "As a distinguished jurist, legal educator and scholar, Justice Liu will be a wonderful ...

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Los Angeles County DA Encourages Southwestern Graduates

During Southwestern's 98th Commencement Ceremony held on May 12 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey treated graduates and their 3,500 family members and guests to an inspiring speech. As the first female and first African American District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Ms. Lacey oversees the largest prosecutorial agency in the nation, which has more than 2,000 empl ...

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