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Law graduates return home to address Class of 2014

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Alumni of Indiana law schools will be congratulating the new classes of attorneys and offering words of advice during upcoming Class of 2014 commencement ceremonies aross the state.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Valparaiso University Law School have all tapped distinguished alumni to deliver keynote addresses.

The University of Notre Dame Law School will host a diploma and hooding ceremony for its graduates at the Hesburgh Library Reflecting Pool May 17. The university-wide commencement ceremony will be May 18.

Indiana University Maurer School of Law will hold its graduation recognition ceremony May 10 in the IU Auditorium on the Bloomington campus. Gonzalo Curiel, a 1979 graduate and judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, will be the keynote speaker.

At the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, the commencement ceremony will be in the Sagamore Ballroom at the Indiana Convention Center, also May 10. U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, a 1985 graduate, will deliver the keynote address.

Valparaiso University Law School will hold a commencement ceremony May 18 in the University Chapel on campus. Joyce Thompson, a 1999 graduate and current associate director in the enforcement department of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will deliver the commencement address.

Also, 1976 Valparaiso University Law School graduate Marie Failinger will receive an honorary degree in recognition for her work in legal services and academia.  

 

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