The University of Maine School of Law awarded J.D. degrees to 75 students, as well as one LL.M. degree, and one J.S.D degree at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 26th. Three of the graduates were also awarded the Law School’s Certificate in Information Privacy Law.
The Hon. John Woodcock, Jr., ’76, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Maine, was the keynote speaker. He discussed his female classmates’ roles in advancing the status of women in the legal profession.
“I doubt that any of the women in the Class of 1976 set out to make history. They simply worked hard and practiced well and over time, by dint of effort and talent, they succeeded and by succeeding, they smoothed the way,” Judge Woodcock said to the graduates. “…it is my wish that the members of the Class of 2018 will look back individually and collectively and conclude with pride that you have helped make your country and your state a better, more just place for more people.”
Dean Danielle Conway thanked the Class of 2018 for their leadership in making Maine Law a more community-focused law school.
“As a group, you have combined a pledge to promote excellence in the classroom, the Clinic, and your community with a personal commitment to building a lasting network with your past, present, and future colleagues in this noble profession.”
Also at commencement, the Law School presented the 2018 L. Kinvin Wroth Award to Hilary Rapkin ‘93, chief legal officer at WEX, Inc. The award, named after former Law School Dean L. Kinvin Wroth, honors a Maine Law graduate who has achieved distinction in his or her career by contributing as a leader, locally, nationally or globally, and who has helped advance his or her alma mater.
Felix Hagenimana was the student speaker.
Maine Law also awarded more than two dozen merit awards to the graduates. About 800 family members, friends, and invited guests attended the ceremony at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.