Washburn University | Spring 2016 School of Law Commencement
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Washburn University | Spring 2016 School of Law Commencement


(♫ ♫ ♫)>>AÏDA ALAKA: YOU MAY
BE SEATED.>>AÏDA ALAKA: WELCOME TO
WASHBURN UNIVERSITY AND TO THE 111TH GRADUATION CEREMONY OF WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF
LAW. I AM AÏDA ALAKA, ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OF
THE LAW SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE MEMBERS OF THE
PLATFORM PARTY. BEGINNING AT MY IMMEDIATE RIGHT, THEY ARE: DR. RANDY PEMBROOK, VICE PRESIDENT
FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, WASHBURN UNIVERSITY. JALEN LOWRY, LAW SCHOOL
ALUMNA, AND ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS OF THE LAW SCHOOL. SABRINA STANDIFER, LAW SCHOOL ALUMNA, AND
CHAIR OF THE WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. JOHN MCGIVERN,
VICE CHAIR, BOARD OF REGENTS. PAUL HOFERER, LAW SCHOOL
ALUMNUS, BOARD OF REGENTS MEMBER, AND PAST PRESIDENT OF THE WASHBURN
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. TERRY BECK, LAW SCHOOL ALUMNUS,
BOARD OF REGENTS MEMBER. BLANCHE C. PARKS, BOARD
OF REGENTS MEMBER. WILLIAM SNEED, LAW SCHOOL
ALUMNUS, LAW SCHOOL ALUMNA AND CHAIR, BOARD OF REGENTS. JOHN HAMILTON, LAW SCHOOL
ALUMNUS, HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENT, AND OUR SPEAKER THIS EVENING. THOMAS ROMIG, DEAN
OF THE LAW SCHOOL, AND DR. JERRY FARLEY, PRESIDENT
OF WASHBURN UNIVERSITY. (APPLAUSE) FOR THE FACULTY AND STAFF
OF WASHBURN LAW, THIS IS A SOMEWHAT BITTERSWEET DAY. WE
REMEMBER HOW THREE YEARS AGO MOST OF YOU, THE
MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2016, WERE FILLED WITH ANTICIPATION AS
YOU PREPARED TO COMMENCE THE STUDY OF LAW. AND, JUST ONE
YEAR AGO, WE WELCOMED WASHBURN LAW’S SECOND CLASS OF LLM
STUDENTS. IT SEEMS LIKE TIME HAS GONE SO QUICKLY.
TODAY YOU ARE ALMOST PREPARED TO COMMENCE THE
PRACTICE OF LAW. YOU HAVE ONLY ONE HURDLE LEFT BEFORE YOU
JOIN THE RANKS OF WASHBURN LAW’S SUCCESSFUL
ALUMNI. THAT HURDLE IS THE BAR EXAM. WE KNOW THAT IF YOU STUDY
HARD AND APPROACH IT THE WAY YOU WILL APPROACH YOUR FUTURE
PRACTICE OF LAW, YOU TOO WILL BE SUCCESSFUL
AND YOU TOO, WILL BE PRACTICING LAW VERY SHORTLY. YOUR JOURNEY
TO THIS DAY REQUIRED HARD WORK AND DEDICATION BUT I KNOW THAT YOU
HAVE MADE LASTING FRIENDSHIPS WITH
WASHBURN LAW FACULTY AND STAFF AS WELL AS YOUR
COLLEAGUES AS YOU WORKED TO OBTAIN THE SKILLS AND VALUES OF THE PROFESSION. YOUR JOURNEY TO
THIS DAY ALSO HAD ITS SHARE OF LAUGHS — IF THE SKITS
DURING THE BAR REVUE ARE ANY INDICATION, YOU HAD SOME FUN WHILE HERE. NOW, AFTER
WORKING SO HARD AND ACHIEVING SO MUCH, YOU SHOULD BE FILLED WITH
PRIDE AND EXCITEMENT AS YOU MOVE ON WITH YOUR PROFESSIONAL
CAREERS. THIS IS A DAY FOR CELEBRATION. IT IS YOUR DAY. I KNOW I SPEAK FOR ALL OF THE
FACULTY, MY FELLOW ADMINISTRATORS, ALL OF THE LAW
SCHOOL STAFF, THE UNIVERSITY AND BOARD OF REGENTS, OUR SPECIAL GUESTS, AND YOUR FAMILY AND
FRIENDS WHO ARE HERE WITH YOU TODAY … IN OFFERING OUR
CONGRATULATIONS ON A JOB WELL DONE! ALTHOUGH WE WILL MISS
YOU, WE WISH YOU THE VERY BEST IN YOUR CAREERS AND PERSONAL
LIVES. WE COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF YOU. PLEASE KEEP IN
TOUCH – WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU. I
NOW WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THE ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR
STUDENT AFFAIRS, JALEN LOWRY. (APPLAUSE)>>DEAN LOWRY: DEAR CLASS
OF 2016, CONGRATULATIONS ON REACHING THIS GREAT MILESTONE.
IT’S EXCITING TO SEE ALL OF YOU ON THE VERGE OF TRANSITIONING FROM STUDENTS TO COLLEAGUES. I
HAVE THE PLEASURE TONIGHT OF INTRODUCING TO YOUR LOVED ONES
THE PRESIDENT THAT YOU ELECTED AS THE LEADER OF YOUR WASHBURN
STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION, MR. ANDREW HAMLINE. MR.
HAMLINE BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR REMARKS, YOUR GRADUATING CLASS
AND THE WSBA WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU THIS PRESIDENTIAL GAVEL IN
THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE ON THEIR BEHALF. THANK YOU.
CONGRATULATIONS. (APPLAUSE)>>ANDREW HAMLINE: THANK YOU,
DEAN LOWRY. GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, GRADUATES, FACULTY
AND STAFF. FIRST, I AM HONORED TO STAND HERE BEFORE YOU, AND
REPRESENT THIS CLASS OF GRADUATES. IT IS WITH A HEAVY HEART THAT OUR
CLASS COMES HERE TODAY. BECAUSE, FAR TOO EARLY IN OUR LAW SCHOOL CAREER,
OUR CLASS LOST ONE OF ITS BRIGHTEST
STARS, JASON KEALY. JASON WAS A GRADUATE FROM WASHBURN, GRADUATING
MAGNA CUM LAUDE BEFORE BEGINNING LAW SCHOOL WITH US.
HIS INTELLIGENCE, HUMOR, ENTHUSIASM, AND GOOD WILL WAS
IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZED HERE BY HIS CLASSMATES AND THE PROFESSORS.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE, JASON WAS ONE OF THE FIRST
PEOPLE FROM THE OTHER SECTION THAT I MET. FOR THOSE
OF YOU THAT MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR, IT IS ENTIRELY POSSIBLE TO GO
YOUR FIRST YEAR WITHOUT KNOWING SOMEONE FROM THE OTHER SECTION
BUT IT SEEMED THAT JASON WAS DETERMINED NOT TO
HAVE THAT HAPPEN. HIS JOY AND ENTHUSIASM WERE IMMEDIATELY APPARENT TO MYSELF AND OTHERS AS
HE BEFRIENDED MANY FROM DAY ONE IN THE COMMONS. TRAGICALLY,
JASON SUDDENLY DIED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2013, FROM A HEART ATTACK,
CAUSED BY AN UNDISCOVERED HEART DEFECT. OUR CLASS LOST A BRIGHT
STAR THAT DAY, BUT I AM PROUD THAT WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HONOR
HIM TODAY AS WE GRADUATE. THOUGH HIS TIME WITH US WAS SHORT, HIS
IMPACT WAS PROFOUND. HE WILL ALWAYS BE
REMEMBERED BY HIS CLASS. NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE FORWARD,
DEBBIE KEALY, JASON’S MOTHER. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO
PRESENT YOU WITH A GAVEL HONORING JASON FROM OUR CLASS. (APPLAUSE)>>ANDREW HAMLINE: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE
TO GO THROUGH GRADUATION WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING THE TREMENDOUS
GROWTH THAT HAS OCCURRED OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS FOR EACH OF US
GRADUATES. FOR MANY OF US THAT GROWTH CONTINUES AND TO MY CLASSMATES
WHO HAVE ENDURED MANY AN ENDLESS STORY FROM ME I PROMISE,
I WILL TRY TO KEEP THIS SHORT. FROM THE FIRST DAYS OF
BEING THROWN INTO THE FIRE OF LEARNING TORTS, WE EACH BROUGHT
A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE TO EVERY SITUATION. AND FROM THE VERY
BEGINNING, WE WILLING SHARED THAT PERSPECTIVE WITH EACH OTHER.
AND THOUGH WE MAY HOPE TO FORGET THE COLD-CALLS, THE STRESS OF
THE FIRST YEAR MEMO, OR THE DREAD OF EXAMS, I AM CONFIDENT
THAT WE WON’T FORGET THE UNBELIEVABLE FRIENDSHIPS WE’VE
FORMED HERE AT WASHBURN. THIS LAW SCHOOL FOSTERS THESE
RELATIONSHIPS. FROM DEAN ROMIG AND DEAN LOWRY, TO THE ENTIRE STAFF,
AND THE PROFESSORS, OUR CLASS HAS BEEN SUPPORTED BY WONDERFUL
MENTORS WHO HAVE CONSTANTLY ENCOURAGED US AS WE FOUND OUR
VOICE IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY. WHILE WE HAVE ALL COME A LONG WAY
IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, IT WOULD ALL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT THE RELATIONSHIPS BEYOND
THIS LAW SCHOOL, AND IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO FINALLY HAVE YOU
HERE TO JOIN US TODAY. LAW SCHOOL IS A WONDERFUL
EXPERIENCE, BUT IT CAN BE AN ARDUOUS ONE, AND EACH OF YOU
HAVE HELPED US GRADUATES IN WAYS THAT CANNOT BE COUNTED. AND WE
RECOGNIZE THAT LOVING A LAW STUDENT IS A SPECIAL FORM OF SACRIFICE, AND WILL BE ETERNALLY
GRATEFUL FOR YOUR STICKING WITH US THROUGH THIS EXPERIENCE.
THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE. AND NOW, IT IS MY
HONOR TO PRESENT THE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR
AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS. THESE AWARDS ARE
VOTED ON BY THE GRADUATING CLASS, AND GIVE US
THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THE OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTORS WHO
HAVE CHALLENGED AND INSPIRED US THROUGHOUT OUR LAW SCHOOL
EXPERIENCE. FITTINGLY, OUR CLASS HAD A HARD
TIME DECIDING FROM THE MANY PROFESSORS WHO HAVE SHAPED OUR
EXPERIENCE HERE AT WASHBURN, AS WE HAVE A TIE FOR BOTH THE
PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR AND ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR
AWARDS. FOR PROFESSORS OF THE YEAR, OUR CLASS WOULD LIKE TO
RECOGNIZE PROFESSOR AMY WESTBROOK, AND PROFESSOR EMILY GRANT. PROFESSOR WESTBROOK (APPLAUSE)>>ANDREW HAMLINE: PROFESSOR
WESTBROOK IS THE KURT M. SAGER MEMORIAL DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF
INTERNATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL LAW. PROFESSOR WESTBROOK TEACHES
SEVERAL BUSINESS LAW AND SECURITIES REGULATION CLASSES,
AND IS A CO-DIRECTOR OF THE BUSINESS AND TRANSACTIONAL LAW
CENTER HERE AT WASHBURN. PROFESSOR EMILY GRANT TEACHES
LEGAL ANALYSIS, RESEARCH, AND WRITING, AND DECEDENTS ESTATES
AND TRUSTS, AND IS A CO-DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR LAW
TEACHING AND LEARNING. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT BOTH OF YOU
THE DOUGLAS AWARD FOR PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR ON BEHALF OF OUR CLASS. (APPLAUSE)>>ANDREW HAMLINE: IT IS
ALSO MY HONOR TO PRESENT THE ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR
AWARD TO LELAND ROLFS AND MICKIE BRASSEL. PROFESSOR ROLFS, (APPLAUSE)>>ANDREW HAMLINE: PROFESSOR ROLFS
WHO PREVIOUSLY WORKED WITH THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
TEACHES WATER RIGHTS, AND IS INVOLVED IN PRIVATE CONSULTING.
PROFESSOR BRASSEL, WHO PREVIOUSLY WORKED WITH THE
SHAWNEE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
NOW WORKS IN PRIVATE PRACTICE AND TEACHES JUVENILE LAW AND
PRETRIAL ADVOCACY. IT IS AN HONOR TO PRESENT YOU BOTH WITH
THE AWARD FOR ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR. (APPLAUSE)>>ANDREW HAMLINE: THANK YOU ALL
AGAIN IN YOUR SUPPORT IN MAKING OUR LAW SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
WONDERFUL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING YOU PROUD AS WE PASS THE
BAR AND BEGIN THE JOURNEY AHEAD. (APPLAUSE)>>DEAN ALAKA: THANK YOU,
MR. HAMLINE. SPEAKING ON BEHALF
OF THE WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
IS GRADUATE AND CHAIR OF THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF
GOVERNORS, SABRINA STANDIFER.>>SABRINA STANDIFER: GOOD EVENING.
ON BEHALF OF THE WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016!
THIS CELEBRATION MARKS THE COMPLETION OF YOUR STUDIES AND
THE BEGINNING OF YOUR CAREER AS A LAWYER – NOT JUST A LAWYER, BUT A “WASHBURN LAWYER.”
AS A WASHBURN GRADUATE, YOU’RE JOINING MORE THAN 7,200 ALUMNI LOCATED AROUND THE WORLD.
YOUR DEGREE OPENS THE DOOR TO SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES – AS A
PRIVATE PRACTICE ATTORNEY, SUCH AS MYSELF, IN GOVERNMENT SERVICE, AS AN
ATTORNEY IN-HOUSE WITHIN A CORPORATION, OR AS A POLITICIAN – THAT IS JUST TO NAME A FEW.
AS A LAWYER, YOUR CLIENTS WILL RELY ON YOUR ADVICE, THEY
ARE GOING TO TRUST YOU WITH THEIR FREEDOM AND THEIR FINANCES. I HAVE
ALWAYS SAID THAT ATTENDING WASHBURN LAW WAS ONE OF THE BEST
DECISIONS I EVER MADE IN MY LIFE. I GET TO DO WORK THAT I
TRULY ENJOY, THAT IS SATISFYING AND THAT IS CHALLENGING. I CAN
REMEMBER SITTING WHERE YOU ARE TONIGHT AND FEELING SUCH
A MIXTURE OF EMOTIONS – HAPPINESS, RELIEF, DREAD OF
THE BAR EXAM, PRIDE, AND BEING GRATEFUL THAT MY FAMILY AND
FRIENDS WERE HERE WITH ME TO CELEBRATE. THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION PRESENTS VARIOUS AWARDS EACH YEAR AND WHEN
ACCEPTING THEIR AWARDS, RECIPIENTS OFTEN TALK ABOUT WHAT
A DIFFERENCE WASHBURN LAW SCHOOL HAS MADE IN THEIR LIVES AND IN
THEIR FAMILIES LIVES. WE TRUELY HAVE AN AMAZING INSTITUTION. SINCE
OPENING ITS DOORS IN 1903, WASHBURN LAW HAS
CONSISTENTLY GRADUATED SOME OF THE FINEST LAWYERS IN THE
COUNTRY – LAWYERS WHO SET THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR EXCELLENCE
IN LEGAL SKILLS, ETHICAL CHARACTER, AND LEADERSHIP. AS A MATTER OF
FACT, ONE OF OUR ALUMNI IS HERE TONIGHT FROM THE CLASS OF 1966. THIS
GOLDEN ALUMNI IS CELEBRATING HIS 50TH WASHBURN LAW SCHOOL REUNION AND
WE ARE HONORED THAT HE HAS JOINED US. I WOULD LIKE
TO RECOGNIZE HIM AND ASK HIM TO STAND, FROM
THE CLASS OF 1966: KENT SMITH. (APPLAUSE) AS MR. SMITH WILL
TELL YOU, YOU WILL ENCOUNTER MANY CHALLENGES
THROUGHOUT YOUR CAREER. MEET THOSE CHALLENGES WITH CHARACTER
AND PROFESSIONALISM. WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE, REMEMBER THAT AS YOU MEET
PEOPLE YOU ARE REPRESENTING THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND
WASHBURN AND IT IS UP TO EACH OF YOU TO MAKE A
POSITIVE IMPRESSION. I ALSO HOPE THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER TO PAY
IT FORWARD AND HELP THOSE STUDENTS COMING AFTER YOU HERE
AT WASHBURN. THAT’S WHY I’M HERE TONIGHT AND YOU WILL FIND THAT
SPIRIT IN YOUR FELLOW WASHBURN ALUMNI. BE AN AMBASSADOR FOR THE
LAW SCHOOL. RECOMMEND PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS. COME BACK
AND SERVE AS A GUEST LECTURER. I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN
AND BECOME ACTIVE IN THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. YOUR
INVOLVEMENT WILL HELP WASHBURN LAW CONTINUE TO GROW AND WILL
ENSURE THAT FUTURE CLASSES WILL BE PROUD TO JOIN YOU AS A WASHBURN
ALUM. TONIGHT YOUR LAW SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WILL BE GIVING YOU A
BRONZE MEDALLION BEARING THE WASHBURN SEAL.
WE HOPE THIS TOKEN WILL REMIND YOU THAT YOU NOW REPRESENT THE
TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE CARRIED ON BY MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF
WASHBURN LAWYERS. AGAIN, ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL OF LAW
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, OUR BEST WISHES TO YOU FOR A LONG AND
SUCCESSFUL CAREER. NOW, IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO
INTRODUCE THE DEAN OF OUR LAW SCHOOL, THOMAS J. ROMIG. (APPLAUSE)>>DEAN ROMIG : THANK YOU VERY
MUCH SABRINA. WELL, GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO THE 111TH GRADUATION
CEREMONY OF WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW. ON BEHALF
OF THE FACULTY AND STAFF OF THE LAW SCHOOL, CONGRATULATIONS TO
YOU, THE CLASS OF 2016! THIS IS TRULY A TIME OF CELEBRATION.
EACH OF YOU HAS WORKED VERY HARD TO REACH THIS MOMENT AND YOU SHOULD
BE JUSTLY PROUD OF YOUR ACHIEVEMENT. I HOPE YOU TAKE
TIME TO REFLECT ON HOW FAR YOU HAVE COME IN THE PAST 3 YEARS.
I ALSO HOPE YOU TAKE TIME TO THANK THOSE WHO HELPED YOU REACH
THIS GRAND MOMENT. YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO SUPPORTED
YOU THROUGHOUT THIS JOURNEY AND THE LAW SCHOOL FACULTY AND
STAFF WHO PROVIDED YOU THE INSTRUCTION AND GUIDANCE WHILE
YOU WERE HERE. EVERY CLASS THAT PASSES THROUGH THE HALLS OF OUR
LAW SCHOOL IS SPECIAL IN ITS OWN WAY. THIS IS CERTAINLY TRUE OF
YOUR CLASS, THE CLASS OF 2016. YOUR CLASS HAS TWO
MASTER OF LAW DEGREES RECIPIENTS WHICH IS TWICE THE NUMBER THAT
WE HAD LAST YEAR AND THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND YEAR OF THE PROGRAM. YOUR CLASS HAS 16
MEMBER WHO HAVE RELATIVES WHO ARE WASHBURN LAW GRADUATES AND
SEVERAL OF YOU HAVE RELATIVES, MULTIPLE RELATIVES THAT ARE
WASHBURN LAW ALUMNI. DURING YOUR TIME AT WASHBURN LAW THERE
HAVE BEEN FOUR STUDENTS IN YOUR CLASS WHO HAVE BEEN MARRIED OR
GOTTEN ENGAGED, AND THERE HAS BEEN ONE BABY BORN TO A CLASS
MEMBER. THIS LAST CATEGORY OF MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS IS
SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN LAST YEAR, THERE WERE SOMETHING LIKE
20 SOME BABIES AND I DON’T KNOW 15, 18 MARRIAGES. THIS LEADS ME
TO CONCLUDE ONE OF TWO THINGS, EITHER OUR FACTS ARE NOT CORRECT
OR YOUR CLASS HAS BEEN MUCH MORE STUDIOUS THAN LAST YEAR’S CLASS. I SUSPECT IT IS THE
LATTER. IN YOUR TIME AT WASHBURN LAW YOU HAVE NOT ONLY
WORKED HARD TO — BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM BUT MANY OF
YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN ORGANIZATIONATIONS AND
ACTIVITIES THAT CONTRIBUTED IN SO MANY WAYS TO THE LIFE OF THE
LAW SCHOOL COMMUNITY. WHILE YOU WERE HERE YOU HAVE MADE FRIENDS
THAT WILL TRULY LAST YOU FOR A LIFETIME. THIS CEREMONY
RECOGNIZES THAT YOU HAVE NOT ONLY EARNED A HIGHLY RESPECTED
DEGREE, BUT THAT YOU HAVE ALSO TRANSITIONED INTO THE PROFESSION
OF LAW. THIS WILL DISTINGUISH YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES.
YOU WILL BE LAWYERS, WASHBURN LAWYERS, AND THERE WILL BE MANY
OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL BE OPEN TO YOU. AS YOU FIND, THERE ARE
MANY INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR LAW
DEGREE. YOU HAVE THE SKILLS AND THE ABILITY TO ANALYZE ISSUES,
ORGANIZE AND EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE YOUR THOUGHTS AND TO
SOLVE PROBLEMS. THESE ARE SKILLS NEEDED ALMOST EVERYWHERE
IN OUR SOCIETY. THEY WILL SERVE YOU WELL IN ANY SITUATION. IN
SHORT, YOU HAVE LEARNED TO THINK LIKE LAWYERS. IN A FEW MOMENTS
YOU WILL BECOME PART OF ONE OF THE GREAT TRADITIONS OF THE
LEGAL PROFESSION, YOU WILL JOIN THE DISTINGUISHED LINE OF
WASHBURN LAW GRADUATES. AS YOU GO FORWARD FROM HERE YOU WILL BEGIN
TO ADD TO THE LEGACY AND TO THE REPRESENTATION OF WASHBURN LAW
SCHOOL. YOU WILL LEARN THE TRUE REPUTATION OF WASHBURN LAW
SCHOOL IS OUR ALUMNI. BE PROUD OF YOUR LINEAGE, SERVE YOUR
PROFESSION AND OUR GREAT LAW SCHOOL WELL.
AS YOU SET OUT ON YOUR CAREERS, A FINAL WORD OF ADVICE FROM YOUR
OLD DEAN, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE BALANCE IN YOUR LIFE. IT WAS
IMPORTANT IN LAW SCHOOL. IT WILL BECOME EVEN MORE IMPORTANT
GOING FORTH IN YOUR CAREER. JUST REMEMBER THERE IS NO RECORD
OF ANYONE ON THEIR DEATH BED UTTERING THESE FINAL WORDS, GEE,
I WISH I HAD SPENT MORE TIME IN THE OFFICE. NOW IT IS MY HONOR
AND PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE THIS YEAR’S COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
JOHN R. HAMILTON. THE COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM HAS JOHN’S BIOGRAPHY
AND RATHER THAN REPEAT THAT, I’LL COVER SOME OF THE
HIGHLIGHTS. JOHN GRADUATED WITH A BACHELORS OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN ECONOMICS
FROM UNION UNIVERSITY IN JACKSON, TENNESSEE, IN 1962. HE EARNED
HIS JURIS DOCTORATE DEGREE FROM WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
IN 1965. JOHN HAS PRACTICED IN TOPEKA FOR 51 YEARS WHERE HE HAS
ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS AN EXPERT IN THE AREAS OF IMMINENT DOMAIN
AND CONDEMNATION LAW. HE ALSO SPECIALIZED IN PERSONAL INJURY
AND TRIAL PRACTICE, HE IS NOW A SENIOR PARTNER WITH HAMILTON,
LAUGHLIN, BARKER, JOHNSON, AND JONES. JOHN HAS AUTHORED CHAPTERS ON IMMINENT
DOMAIN PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE BOTH IN THE KANSAS REAL ESTATE PRACTICE
AND PROCEDURE HANDBOOK AND THE KANSAS CHAPTER FOR THE AMERICAN
BAR ASSOCIATION PUBLICATION LAW AND PROCEDURE OF IMMINENT DOMAIN
IN THE 50 STATES. JOHN IS LISTED IN INGRAM’s BEST LAWYERS IN
AMERICA IN THE FIELD OF IMMINENT DOMAIN. HE HAS ALSO BEEN NAMED
A SUPER LAWYER, WHICH IS A DISTINCTION THAT RECOGNIZES HIM
AS ONE OF THE TOP 5% OF ALL ATTORNEYS IN KANSAS AND MISSOURI
IN THE FIELD OF IMMINENT DOMAIN. JOHN IS A MEMBER OF THE
TOPEKA, KANSAS, AND AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATIONS AND AS A MEMBER OF THE KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF
JUSTICE HE WAS ON THEIR BOARD OF GOVERNORS FROM 1975 TO 2009 AND
WAS THEIR VICE PRESIDENT FOR LEGISLATION IN 1981. JOHN HAS
SERVED ON THE WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS SINCE 2011. PLEASE JOIN ME IN
WELCOMING A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE AND A TREMENDOUS
SUPPORTER OF WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, AND YOUR
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER, JOHN R. HAMILTON. (APPLAUSE)>>JOHN HAMILTON: THANK YOU
VERY MUCH DEAN ROMIG. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK
DEAN ROMIG, PRESIDENT FARLEY, AND THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR GIVING
ME THIS HONOR ON ME AND GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY
A FEW WORDS. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE WASHBURN LAW
CLASS OF 2016. EVERYONE IS ALWAYS HAPPY AT COMMENCEMENT
TIME. STUDENTS ARE HAPPY BECAUSE THEY ARE FINALLY FINISHED WITH
THEIR CLASSROOM WORK, LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BAR AND THE
PRACTICE; THE FACULTY IS HAPPY TO GET RID OF THE STUDENTS; AND THE
PARENTS ARE GENERALLY PRETTY PLEASED BECAUSE THEIR SONS AND
DAUGHTERS WILL FINALLY JOIN THE WORK FORCE. YOU’VE OBVIOUSLY MADE SOME VERY GOOD CHOICES IN
YOUR DECISIONS REGARDING YOUR EDUCATION AND CAREER
OPPORTUNITIES. THE LAST TWO THIRDS OF YOUR LIFE WILL BE MUCH
BETTER AS A RESULT OF YOUR CHOICES. MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO
MAKE POOR CHOICES ABOUT EDUCATION HAVE FEWER OPPPORTUNITIES
IN THE REST OF THEIR LIFE. NEITHER OF MY PARENTS WENT
BEYOND THE 8TH GRADE. THAT WAS FAIRLY COMMON IN THE LATE 1800’S AND
THE EARLY 1900’S. MY MOTHER WAS ORPHANED AT TWO AND SHE WAS
RAISED BY HER BROTHER. SHE HAD TO QUIT SCHOOL AFTER THE 8TH GRADE
TO WORK IN THE FAMILY GROCERY STORE. MY DAD QUIT AFTER FINISHING THE 8TH
GRADE AND WENT TO WORK ON THE FAMILY FARM. MY PARENTS LATER LEARNED THE BENEFITS
OF A GOOD EDUCATION. THEY ENCOURAGED ALL OF US KIDS TO GO TO SCHOOL AND
GET AN EDUCATION. I WAS THE YOUNGEST OF FIVE, I GREW UP ON A SMALL
VEGETABLE FARM OUTSIDE OF AUGUSTA, KANSAS. MY OLDEST BROTHER WAS THE FIRST TO
GO TO COLLEGE, WHEN HE GRADUATED IN THE SPRING OF 1941 FROM HIGH SCHOOL
HE WENT TO WORK IN THE OIL FIELD AS A ROUGHNECK. I DON’T KNOW WHAT A
ROUGHNECK DOES BUT I KNOW IT IS HARD WORK. THEY HAD AN EARLY FALL AND
AN EARLY WINTER. IT WAS PRETTY COLD AND HE TOLD THE STORY LATER
THAT THEIR WAS SOME GUY SITTING IN A ’36 FORD, WITH THE MOTOR
RUNNING AND EVERY NOW AND THEN HE WOULD GET OUT AND GO OVER AND
CHECK ON THINGS AND COME BACK AND GET INTO HIS CAR. HE ASKED
THE FOREMAN WHO IS THAT GUY? HE SAID THAT’S THE ENGINEER. HIS
WORK CAME TO AN END BECAUSE OF WORLD WAR II, PEARL HARBOR WAS
BOMBED DECEMBER, 7TH 1941, HE JOINED THE ARMY AIR
CORPS AND BECAME A SECOND LIEUTENANT AND A BOMBARDIER ON A B-17
BOMBER. HE WAS SHOT DOWN OVER GERMANY IN 1943 AND
BAILED OUT, SURVIVED, BECAME A PRISONER OF WAR AND HAD
A COUPLE OF YEARS IN GERMAN PRISION TO THINK ABOUT WHAT
HE WANTED TO DO WITH THE REST OF HIS LIFE. HE WAS 19 YEARS OLD
WHEN HE WAS SHOT DOWN. WHEN HE GOT OUT, HE DECIDED
HE SHOULD GO TO COLLEGE. HE WANTED TO BE AN ENGINEER.
HE FINALLY ENDED UP WITH A PH.D. IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.
MY BROTHER JUST OLDER THAN ME, WENT TO WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY.
AT THE TIME IT WAS WICHITA UNIVERSITY AND THEN OU AND GOT A MASTER’S DEGREE
IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. MY SISTER RECIEVED A PARALEGAL
SCIENCE DEGREE AND I RECIEVED A JD FROM WASHBURN IN 1965. I HAD
ONE BROTHER WHO DECIDED THAT SCHOOL WAS NOT FOR HIM. HE FOUND THAT HIS
OPPORTUNITIES WERE MUCH MORE LIMITED LATER IN LIFE. I KNOW THAT
YOU WILL HAVE A MUCH MORE REWARDING LIFE IF YOU GET A GOOD EDUCATION
AS YOU HAVE AND A REWARDING LIFE DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN ECONOMIC
REWARDS, ALTHOUGH THAT WILL FOLLOW, IT MEANS A SOCIAL REWARDS AS WELL.
YOU WILL BE BETTER ACCEPTED IN THE COMMUNITY, YOU WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT
SOCIAL SET OF FRIENDS. YOU WILL HAVE ECONOMIC STIMULUS AND YOU WILL
BE ABLE TO SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY IN A BETTER FASHION. SOME OF THE
LAWYERS THAT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED — SOME OF THE BEST LAWYERS WHICH I HAVE
ENCOUNTERED HAVE MASTERED THE ART OF CIVILITY. YOU CAN EFFECTIVELY
REPRESENT YOUR CLIENTS WHILE TREATING OPPOSING COUNSEL AND OPPOSING
CLIENTS WITH COURTESY AND RESPECT. UNFORTUNATELY, A FEW LAWYERS, A VERY
FEW, HAVE DECIDED THAT RUDENESS EQUALS EFFECTIVENESS. THOSE LAWYERS
ARE NOT VERY WELL RECIEVED BY THEIR COLLEAGUES. THEY ARE WRONG AND I
THINK AT SOME POINT MOST OF THEM REALIZE THAT CIVILITY IS A LOST
ART BUT IS IMPORTANT. I KNOW THAT MOST OF YOU IN THE GRADUATING
CLASS ARE THE GENERATION THAT GREW UP WITH EMAILS, SMART
PHONES, TEXT MESSAGES, AND LAPTOPS. BUT IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOU
REMEMBER THAT IT IS HARD TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH CLIENTS AND
OPPOSING COUNSEL BY TEXT AND EMAILS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER
THAT ORAL COMMUNICATION SHOULD NOT BE A LOST ART. 51 YEARS AGO I
WAS SITTING IN YOUR POSITION ALTHOUGH AT A DIFFERENT VENUE.
THE GRADUATION WAS SCHEDULED TO BE IN MOORE BOWL BUT INSTEAD IT
WAS HELD AT THE DOWNTOWN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BECAUSE OF A HEAVY RAIN
STORM THAT CAME THROUGH. AT THAT TIME I HAD JUST FINISHED MY
CLASSES. THE LAW SCHOOL WAS IN CARNIEGE HALL THEN. LEE ARENA DID
NOT EXIST. ACTUALLY WE HAD STUDENT MARRIED HOUSING IN THIS AREA. THE STUDENT HOUSING WAS ROW AFTER ROW
OF OLD ARMY BARRACKS MOVED IN AFTER WORLD WAR II. THERE WERE ABOUT FOUR
OR FIVE APARTMENTS IN EACH BUILDING, AND THEIR WAS A STREET DIVIDING THE
TWO BUILDINGS. I WALKED OUT OF THE MARRIED HOUSING THE LAST DAY FOR MY
LAST FINAL AND I HAPPENED TO MEET UP WITH A CLASSMATE NAMED JAY
DON REYNOLDS WHO LATER BECAME A DISTRICT JUDGE IN FORD COUNTY.
JAY DON AND I WALKED UP TOGETHER, HE ASKED ME WHAT I WAS GOING TO
DO AFTER LAW SCHOOL. I SAID WELL, I WOULD LIKE TO STAY IN TOPEKA
BUT I DON’T HAVE A JOB HERE. I HAVE AN OFFER IN WICHITA AND 1
IN KANSAS CITY. HE SAID, WELL YOU KNOW THE CRANE, MARTIN,
CLAUSSEN & ASHWORTH LAW FIRM NEEDS A LAWYER TO WORK WITH
HARRY CRANE ON EMINENT DOMAIN CASES. JAY DON TOLD ME HE HAD
CLERKED FOR THAT FIRM. I ASKED HIM WHY HE WASN’T GOING TO TAKE
THE JOB, HE SAID THAT HE HAD A MILITARY OBLIGATION DUE TO BEING
AN ROTC CADET DURING HIS UNDERGRADUATE TIME. FORTUNATELY I HAD FINISHED
MY MILITARY OBLIGATION WITH THEM. SO, IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE FINAL
I CALLED HARRY CRANE. I WENT DOWN, HE INTERVIEWED ME AND HIRED
ME AND I BECAME AN EMINENT DOMAIN LAWYER. HARRY CRANE WAS PROBABLY
THE PREMIERE EMINENT DOMAIN LAWYER IN THE STATE OF KANSAS.
ALSO FOR THOSE WHO ARE OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER WAS A VERY STRONG
POLITICAL FORCE IN THE STATE OF KANSAS. MY PRACTICE HAS
PRIMARILY BEEN EMINENT DOMAIN SINCE THAT TIME, REPRESENTING
PROPERTY OWNERS WHO HAVE THEIR PROPERTY AQUIRED AND I TRY TO
HELP THEM GET JUST COMPENSATION FOR THE TAKING OF THE PROPERTY.
IT WAS A REAL COINSIDENCE THAT I HAPPENED TO WALK OUT AT THE VERY
MOMENT JAY DON REYNOLDS WAS WALKING BY. OTHERWISE I WOULD
HAVE PROBABLY ENDED UP IN WICHITA OR KANSAS CITY WITH
AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT TYPE OF PRACTICE. COINCIDENCES WILL DICTATE
A LOT OF WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR LIFETIME BOTH IN YOUR PROFESSION
AND YOUR PERSONAL LIFE. A LOT OF HARD WORK AND SOME GOOD LUCK WILL
ALSO HELP ALONG THE WAY. THE ONE THING I HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN IS
THE INSTITUTION THAT GAVE ME THE EDUCATION AND THE TOOLS TO PRACTICE
LAW. I WOULD URGE THAT ALL OF YOU REMAIN IN THE WASHBURN LAW SCHOOL
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, EVEN AFTER YOUR ONE YEAR, COMPLEMENTARY
MEMBERSHIP EXPIRES AND ALWAYS REMEMBER WASHBURN. I WANT TO GIVE
MY BEST WISHES TO EACH OF YOU AS YOU EMBARK ON A REWARDING
CAREER IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION. THANK YOU. (APPLAUSE)>>REGENT SNEED: ON BEHALF OF THE
BOARD OF REGENTS, BE IT KNOWN, THAT IN AS MUCH AS
HONORARY DEGREES ARE AWARDED TO MEN AND WOMEN WHO, BECAUSE OF
SCHOLARLY CONTRIBUTIONS, MERITORIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE,
OR OTHER NOTEWORTHY ACHIEVEMENTS, HAVE COME TO
UNIVERSAL HIGH REGARD, THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF WASHBURN
UNIVERSITY DOES THEREFORE CONFER UPON MR. JOHN
HAMILTON THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LAW WITH ALL THE RIGHTS,
PRIVILEGES, AND INSIGNIA PERTAINING THERETO. IN TESTIMONY
WHEREOF, THIS DIPLOMA IS ISSUED WITH THE SIGNATURES OF THE
PRESIDENT AND CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS AND THE SEAL OF THE
UNIVERSITY AFFIXED AT TOPEKA, KANSAS ON THE 14TH DAY OF MAY
2016. JOHN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR SUPPORT OF
HIGHER EDUCATION AND YOUR DEDICATION TO HELPING OTHERS,
WASHBURN UNIVERSITY HONORS YOU AND ITSELF BY CONFERRING UPON
YOU THIS HONORARY DEGREE. IN TOKEN THEREOF, I CAUSE YOU TO BE
VESTED WITH THE DOCTOR OF LAW ACADEMIC HOOD AND GRANT YOU THIS
DIPLOMA. CONGRATULATIONS. (APPLAUSE)>>DEAN ALAKA : WILL THE
CANDIDATE FOR THE MASTER OF LAWS DEGREE PLEASE STAND UP. DEAN ROMIG,
PRESIDENT FARLEY, I PRESENT TO YOU THE CANDIDATE FOR THE MASTER
OF LAWS DEGREE OF THE CLASS OF 2016.>>DEAN ROMIG : PRESIDENT FARLEY, THE CANDIDATE BEFORE YOU
ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF
LAWS DEGREE AND HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE FACULTY OF
LAW. I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT THEM TO YOU NOW FOR THE
CONFERRING OF THEIR DEGREES.>>DR. FARLEY : THANK YOU DEAN.
BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF
WASHBURN UNIVERSITY, I HEREBY CONFER UPON THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED
THE REQUIREMENTS, THE DEGREE, MASTER OF LAWS, WITH ALL THE RIGHTS,
HONORS, PRIVILEGES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES PERTAINING THERETO. AS A SYMBOL OF
YOUR GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT PLEASE MOVE YOUR TASSEL TO THE LEFT SIDE AT
THIS TIME. PLEASE COME FORWARD TO RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAs.>>DEAN ALAKA : NABEEL ATEEQ M. ALYAHYAWI. YI-JOU TSAI.>>DEAN ALAKA : WILL THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE PLEASE RISE. DEAN ROMIG, PRESIDENT FARLEY,
I PRESENT TO YOU THE CANDIDATES FOR THE JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE
OF THE CLASS OF 2016.>>DEAN ROMIG : PRESIDENT FARLEY,
THE CANDIDATES BEFORE YOU AND IN ABSENTIA HAVE COMPLETED,
OR ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE, ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE JURIS
DOCTOR DEGREE AND HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED BY THE FACULTY OF
LAW. I AM PLEASED TO PRESENT THEM TO YOU NOW FOR THE
CONFERRING OF THEIR DEGREES.>>DR. FARLEY : THANK YOU DEAN. BY
VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF
WASHBURN UNIVERSITY I HEREBY CONFER UPON THOSE WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE
REQUIREMENTS, THE DEGREE, JURIS DOCTORATE, WITH ALL THE HONORS,
RIGHTS, PRIVILEGES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES PERTAINING
THERETO. AS A SYMBOL OF YOUR GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT PLEASE MOVE
YOUR TASSEL TO THE LEFT SIDE AT THIS TIME. CONGRATULATIONS. (APPLAUSE)>>DR. FARLEY: PLEASE COME FORWARD
AS DIRECTED TO RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMAS.>>DEAN ALAKA : HONORS ANNOUNCED
AT THIS CEREMONY ARE PRELIMINARY. BENJAMIN THOMAS ADAMS CANDICE AVIS ALCARAZ JAKE KOBIE ALLISON.
DEAN’S HONORS. LAUREN ELIZABETH AMREIN. GEOFFREY K. AUBREY. JUSTIN THOMAS BALBIERZ. SUSAN ELAINE BANDY. KAYLA MARIE BENNETT.
DEAN’S HONORS. LAURALEEN ANNETTE BOATRIGHT. WHITNEY PAIGE BOLDEN. AARON CHRISTOPHER BOSWELL. DESTINY LEE BOUNDS.
CUM LAUDE. BRONSON GERONIMO BRASSEL. ANTHONY JOHN BRUNA. CODEY S. BURTON.
DEAN’S HONORS. BRANDON DANIEL CAMERON. BENJAMIN KENNETH ARTHUR CARMICHAEL.
DEANS HONORS. ROBERT MILLER CHIPMAN
MAGNA CUM LAUDE. JENNA LEIGH CHRISTOPHEL. ANNMARIE VICTORIA CHUNDAK. DAVID GABRIEL COHEN.
DEAN’S HONORS. JUSTIN GRANT COOK.
CUM LAUDE. EVAN J. DAHL. JORGE M. DE HOYOS. JARED LEE DENTON. SARAH MARIE DIETZ. JOEL H. DRISKELL.
CUM LAUDE. VICTORIA LYNN JOHNSON ECK.
DEANS HONORS. TOMAS SCOTT ELLIS. RACHEL MARY KIMRICK FISHER.
DEAN’S HONORS. MICHELLE ELIZABETH-MARIE FOSTER.
DEAN’S HONORS. KATIE LYNN GERTH. ANDREW RYAN HAMLINE. LUCY CORNELIA HESSE. MERIDETH JAN HOGAN.
DEAN’S HONORS. KIMBERLY E. HURT. MORGAN PAIGE JOHNSON. SETH KALEB JONES. BRANDON JOHN KATT.
DEAN’S HONORS. BRYAN ROSS KELLY.
DEAN’S HONORS. MICHAEL JAMES KITOWSKI. CHRISTOPHER JOSEPH KUCKELMAN. MELISSA RAE LEACH. RICARDO LEAL.
DEAN’S HONORS. BLAIR WILLIAM LOVING. MARGARET M. LUEHRS.
DEAN’S HONORS. MICHAEL TIMOTHY LYGRISSE. ANNA MICHELLE MARK.
CUM LAUDE. NATHANIEL MARTENS.
MAGNA CUM LAUDE. CHRISTOPHER B. MAULDIN. ROBERT JACK MCFADDEN.
SUMMA CUM LAUDE. SAMUEL JORDAN MILHOLLAND. KEVIN EDWARD MILLER.
MAGNA CUM LAUDE. AMY MICHELLE MOLINA. MARISSA CATHRYNE MORGAN. MONICA JAYNE MORREY. HANNAH RENAY NORMAN. DANIEL G. OBERMEIER. CONOR HALL O’MALLEY.
DEAN’S HONORS. RICHARD J. PARKS. RYAN BATES PETERSON.
DEAN’S HONORS. MARTIN JOSEPH PFANNENSTIEL. KAYLA FAY PHILLIPS. ROBERT JOSEPH PILGRIM. ANDREA LEIGH PLUNKETT. JOHN COLIN REYNOLDS.
DEAN’S HONORS. BROCK DONALD YOLAND ROEHLER. JANLEE ROWLETT.
DEAN’S HONORS. HALSTON VON RUCKER. LOGAN MICHAEL SCHULTZ.
DEAN’S HONORS. MAGGIE L. SIGLER.
DEAN’S HONORS. DAMON J. SIMMONS. DANIEL CALEB SMITH.
DEAN’S HONORS. NICOLE RENEE SOUTHALL. STEPHEN JAY STOCKS. TRAVIS JOHN TERNES.
DEAN’S HONORS. STEVEN WAYNE WRIGHT.>>DEAN ROMIG : GRADUATES,
WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND? THE JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE IS THE
HIGHEST LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL ATTAINMENT IN THE SCHOOL OF LAW
AND REPRESENTS 90 ACADEMIC CREDIT HOURS OF ADVANCED STUDY IN LAW.
THE MASTER OF LAWS DEGREE REPRESENTS AN ADDITIONAL 24
ACADEMIC CREDIT HOURS OF ADVANCED STUDY IN LAW. WE ARE
PROUD TO WELCOME 102 JURIS DOCTORATE GRADUATES AND 2 MASTER DEGREE
GRADUATES, AS NEW ALUMNI TO THE SCHOOL OF LAW AND WASHBURN
UNIVERSITY. ON BEHALF OF THE ENTIRE WASHBURN UNIVERSITY
SCHOOL OF LAW, I WISH TO THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THIS
COMMENCEMENT EXERCISE. PLEASE JOIN US IN THE WASHBURN ROOM OF
THE MEMORIAL UNION FOR A RECEPTION. PRESIDENT FARLEY, HONORED GUESTS, AND
MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THESE IMPRESSIVE
INDIVIDUALS OF THE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016, FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
BY OFFERING A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. (APPLAUSE) (♫ ♫ ♫)

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