2013 Honors Convocation
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Posted by: Max Rodriguez
On May 10, 2013, the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law held its annual Honors Convocation, a ceremony celebrating the graduating Class of 2013 which includes the founding class of the Part-Time Program. More than 1,000 parents, children, friends, significant others, faculty and staff who supported the graduates along the way participated in the joyous occasion. The Class of 2013, the largest UDC-DCSL graduating class ever, included 95 members.
Interim President James E. Lyons, Sr. welcomed the crowd after which Wade Henderson, the Joseph L. Rauh Jr. Professor of Public Interest Law, introduced Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., the U.S. Solicitor General, who served as convocation speaker. General Verrilli reported that he always devoted a significant portion of commencement addresses to imploring graduates to represent poor people and to undertake unpopular causes. He celebrated UDC graduates by saying, "I don’t have to tell UDC that because you get it!” He praised the graduates’ selection of UDC-DCSL as a school that requires 700 hours of pro bono legal services in order to graduate. Mr. Verrilli went on to say, "By the way you chose to live your life, you can make clear that our legal system exists not to serve and protect the elites but to do justice for all.” He also read a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail” in which he said, "The time is always ripe to do right.” Mr. Verrilli's speech was followed by a rendition of The Beatles' "In My Life," with graduates Jonathan Bogh on vocals and guitar, and Anton Martinez on piano.
Professor John Brittain introduced the Equal Justice Award winner, Kim Keenan, the General Counsel for the NAACP. Dean Broderick introduced the Advocate for Justice Award winner, Sandra Mattavous-Frye '83, the People's Counsel for the District of Columbia. Ms. Mattavous-Frye praised the experiences she had at the university and the preparation this provided for a career in public interest law. Recounting her decision to attend Antioch, Ms. Mattavous-Frye focused on the schools’ public service philosophy which includes a requirement for each student to serve several hundred hours legal services in the School’s legal clinics and was "decidedly different from most "paper chase” legal institutions.”Daniel M. Clark and Ramesh Kasarabada were also recognized by Dean Broderick for completing the LL.M. program in Clinical Education, Social Justice, and Systems Change. Mr. Kasarabada used the opportunity to encourage students to continue working for the public interest.
Elizabeth A. Stinebaugh ’13 presented a 5-minute photo slideshow showing members of the Class of ’13 at work and play, in the District of Columbia and as far away as the Great Wall of China. Dana-Marie Harris was chosen as the 3L speaker and Joshua Bailes was chosen as the 4L speaker. Rachel Huhn presented the Judge Pryor Legacy Award to Louis Frohman. Elizabeth Stinebaugh presented the Edgar Cahn Community Service Award to Megan Challender, and the Unsung Hero Award to Charles Teague, Jr. Amanda Aubrey presented the Evening Division Pioneer Award to Joshua Bailes. The Dean also presented staff awards "For Going The Extra Mile” to Professor John Terzano; Vanita Snow, Assistant Director for Career and Professional Development; Lewis Perry, Network Administrator; and Lachelle Cooper, Technical Support Specialist. Dean Broderick then presented Dean's Awards for outstanding service to Patrick Bateman, Christopher Hekimian, Tyrone Hanley, Robert Green, Megan Challender, Aisha Ching, and Rachel Huhn. She also announced the faculty selection of Krista Kruger as Clinical Legal Education Association awardee and named Patrice Wedderburn, Eva Seidelman and Josh Basile as 2013 Dean’s Book Award Winners.
Professor Lisa M. Geis and Public Outreach Coordinator Max Rodriguez read the names of the Class of 2013. Afterward, Prof. Edgar Cahn closed the ceremony with a reading of the School of Law's credo "This I Believe.”
Read more about U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli's speech in The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes, "In Commencement Address, Verrilli Offers Lessons Learned"