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August 20, 2010

Oregon Law Welcomes Class of 2013

Oregon Law recently welcomed members of the Class of 2013 during the school’s Convocation Ceremony on August 18. The occasion marks the beginning each student’s law school journey.

Oregon Law’s Class of 2013 is comprised of students from twenty-seven states within the U.S. and three countries. Forty-three percent of this year’s incoming class have studied, worked, or lived outside the U.S.; and seventeen percent are the first in their families to graduate from college. Oregon Law also welcomes a number of LL.M. students from countries outside the U.S. and from five states within the U.S. Sixty students were welcomed into the Conflict and Dispute Resolution master’s degree program.

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Nicole Commissiong welcomed the standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and staff with an introduction of this year’s guest panel of speakers.

Speakers at the 2010 Convocation Ceremony included School of Law Dean Margie Paris, UO President Emeritus Dave Frohnmayer, UO Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students Paul Shang, Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions Larry Seno, and Student Bar Association President Mary Margaret Montgomery.

Below are excerpts from the speeches presented during the 2010 ceremony:

Dean Paris

Be conscious of the largeness of this time in your life’ this moment in time when your faculties are gathered and your energies focused and your resolve the greatest. This is the beautiful essence of beginnings. Commit to yourself that you will linger in your resolve.

Think of yourselves from here on as legal professionals, and enjoy the intellectual pursuits you will be engaging in.

Like all profound journeys, law school has both beauty and peril ’— both are wonderful.

President Emeritus Frohnmayer

Whatever you do, your sense of personal and professional responsibility starts now’ You are the voice and the pen for those who are voiceless or illiterate.

Take advantage of the enormous number of resources at this research university to fully inform this study you are undertaking.

Never forget the liberal arts roots of the study of law and you will see that law engages our lives in so many ways. Law intersects with such areas as psychology, economics, history, philosophy, biology, film studies, and literature.

Vice President Shang

While most of your work and study will keep you in this building, I encourage you to get out and see this university and this state. The UO is well known across the country for student engagement.

You’ve come to a great university with great student opportunities. Become involved in the community and share what you are learning.

Assistant Dean Seno

In the Admissions Office, we often tell ourselves, ‘The right people will come.’ As I spent the past couple days looking over your profiles again, I realized something ’— the right people have come.

Your class extends the legacy of the classes before you in that you are committed to public service. Eighty-three percent of you have indicated working or volunteering for the cause of others.

Your class is composed of poets and parents, recent college graduates, correspondents, collegiate athletes, and more than one cake decorator.

SBA President Montgomery

As I prepared to speak to you today, I sought to gather advice from current 2Ls and 3Ls. Each person’s piece of advice seemed to contradict someone else’s advice. What I found was that law school is a completely unique experience for each person. Everyone has a completely different perspective on the law school experience.

Beware the unsolicited advice of 2Ls and 3Ls, and form you own way of doing things.

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