Professor Lawson received a standing ovation from the entire assembly in honor of his retirement and service to the College of Law and Commonwealth of Kentucky. Dean Brennen continued to praise the class for its “pay it forward” gift made to the law school and future law students. “The Class of 2015 demonstrated an outward-focus that will continue to serve them as they begin their careers in law,” Dean Brennen said. “As a further demonstration of a special type of commitment to the College of Law, this year’s graduating class came together to ‘give back.’ As a result of financial donations by the class, a new piece of art will hang in the halls of the UK College of Law.”
the main character in The Shawshank Redemption. However, he concluded his speech by acknowledging the strong impact his law school education made on the way he and his classmates view the world. “Law school has fundamentally changed the way you think about daily life and approach the world.” He noted that he and his classmates are now better equipped to handle issues that may arise throughout their life experiences. Bill Johnson, President of the Kentucky Bar Association, spoke on behalf of the practicing bar. He encouraged the graduates to remember who they are serving throughout their practice. “I suggest you always remember that you are serving a person who needs your help. We, as part of the profession, have a duty to serve the public. We are not always paid in money for our services but we are always rewarded when we help our fellow man and woman.” The faculty selected Kevin Havelda as this year’s Faculty Cup Recipient, and Dean Brennen presented him with an
Michael Hill, as the highest-ranked student of the class, gave the greetings for the graduates. He humored his classmates and attendees with analogies comparing law school to prison. The motivation for this analogy came because he described seeing scribbled next to a hole in a law school basement wall, “Andy Dufresne was here,” in reference to
engraved silver julep cup during the presentation of awards. The Faculty Cup recognizes a graduating student whose endeavors, both in and out of the classroom, made the law school a more interesting place in which to teach and a more pleasant place for faculty and students alike. Dean Brennen then presented members of the graduating class with certificates signifying attainment of the degree of Juris Doctor. Congratulations Class of 2015! We look forward to the remarkable achievements of this class in years to come.
Noelle True, the College of Law Alumni Association incoming President, welcomed the new graduates as distinguished alumni with an adaptation of Robert Fulghum’s All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten to the legal profession:
Be a nice person. Play fair, don’t hit people, and don’t take things that aren’t yours.
➋ Own your mistakes. Clean up your own mess and say you’re sorry when you hurt someone.
➌ Give back, and stay connected. Share everything, and put things back where you found them.
celebrating 104 years of excellence
| Fall 2015