Maine Law graduate writes heart-felt column on eve of commencement

June 2014

Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán, a member of the 2014 class at the University of Maine School of Law, wrote a column that was published by the Bangor Daily News on May 16, 2014, one day before the commencement ceremony.

In the column, Rodríguez-Roldán describes her time at Maine Law as “a three-year long reflection into humanity’s quest for its own soul and freedom.”

To read the column, click here. Here is an excerpt:

On Saturday, May 17, at the Merrill Auditorium in Portland, the University of Maine School of Law will graduate its class of 2014 of which I am a member. After three years of sleep-depriving course work, three-hour tightly timed exams, all-night paper writing, clinical work representing those most in need of legal aid and least able to afford it, and so much more, we have made it.

While we all have a bar exam to pass at the end of this summer, this is a time to rejoice nonetheless, for it wasn’t easy to get here.

My request to my fellow almost-lawyers is that we never forget what we learned the last three years — and especially the meaning and origin behind what we learned. Law school, in my view, was never merely a collection of statutes, case law and archaic common law rules to cram for to pass an exam, but rather, it was a three-year long reflection into humanity’s quest for its own soul and freedom.

Let it not be lost on my classmates that when we walk the stage in that auditorium, and several months later when we take the oath of admission to the bar, we will be doing far more than the reward of three years of hard work. We will all be standing as the heirs of a thousand years of history.

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