CXV I I I 118th
Monday, May 14, 2018
Main Auditorium UMass Dartmouth Dartmouth, Massachusetts
UMass Dartmouth Mission
Board of Trustees
UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as a vibrant, public research university dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research resulting in personal and lifelong student success. The University serves as an intellectual catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation on a global, national, and regional scale.
Robert J. Manning Chair
UMass Dartmouth Vision
R. Norman Peters, J.D. Vice Chair James R. Buonomo Mary L. Burns Derek J. Dunlea Robert Epstein David G. Fubini
UMass Dartmouth will be a globally recognized premier research university committed to inclusion, access, advancement of knowledge, student success, and community enrichment.
Maria D. Furman ’76 Stephen R. Karam Gray R. Milkowski Michael V. O’Brien
UMass School of Law Mission
Kerri E. Osterhaus-Houle, M.D. Imari K. Paris Jeffries
UMass Law is the Commonwealth’s public law school. We are committed to providing an excellent, affordable, and accessible legal education. Our collegial community respects and promotes diversity in identity and ideas. Our program balances legal theory, doctrine, skills, experience, and professionalism. We strive to graduate competent, ethical, and creative professionals who exercise sound judgment. Our involvement in the legal community enables our students to thrive in a changing profession and to serve the needs of their future clients. We advance justice within and beyond the Commonwealth through our research, writing, teaching, learning, practice, and engagement with the profession.
James A. Peyser
The permanent record kept in the Office of the University Registrar for each student will certify the award of degree and carry his or her grades, averages, and honors (if any). At commencement, students graduating with distinction are noted only if that distinction has been earned at the end of the previous semester.
The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to, and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.
The names appearing in the Commencement Program represent an unofficial listing of candidates.
Malinda E. Reed Samantha E. Reid ’18 Elizabeth D. Scheibel, J.D. Henry M. Thomas III, J.D. Steven A. Tolman Victor Woolridge Charles F. Wu Camilla D. Yu
Honorees The Honorable Maura Healey / Chancellor’s Medal / Commencement Address Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
aura Healey was sworn in as Attorney General on January 21, 2015, pledging to lead the People’s Law Firm. Since taking office, Ms. Healey has tackled issues touching the lives of residents across Massachusetts including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving our criminal justice system. Building on her promise to run an office that serves people across the state, Ms. Healey launched the Community Engagement Division in May 2015. The first-of-its-kind division brings the Attorney General’s Office and its work to neighborhoods and communities across the state. The Division has launched community office hours and has assisted with the rollout of several policy initiatives including the Earned Sick Time law and Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. Ms. Healey is an advocate for a more equal and inclusive workplace. In May 2015, she announced that her office would provide six weeks of paid family leave for all employees–making the AG’s Office the first state agency to offer paid parental leave. The office has also helped shaped state legislation that would expand opportunities for women in the workplace including Pay Equity and Pregnant Workers Fairness bills. As a civil rights attorney, Ms. Healey is committed to ensuring that all residents are treated fairly. As the former head of the office’s Civil Rights Division, Ms. Healey was the architect of the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and argued the case in federal court. As Attorney General, she has advocated for marriage equality and in support of bills to fight discrimination against transgender people. Prior to her election, Ms. Healey helped lead the Attorney General’s Office as head of the Civil Rights Division and as Chief of the Public Protection and Business & Labor Bureaus. Ms. Healey graduated from Harvard College in 1992 and was captain of the women’s basketball team. She played professional basketball in Europe before returning to Massachusetts to attend Northeastern University School of Law. She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Alicia F. Blanchard ’18 / Student Address School of Law
licia Blanchard has served UMass Law as the Student Bar Association President in 2017-2018. She was elected to the position of 1L student representative to the SBA, and has served as its Vice President and on many student organization executive boards. As a member of the UMass Law Review, she served as an Associate Editor and Lead Editor. Her Law Review note, “We’re Going to the Clerk’s Office and We’re Not Going to Get Married,” was published in the Fall 2017 edition. A native of Littleton, Massachusetts, Ms. Blanchard was raised on Nashobaside Farm and credits her parents, John and Teresa Blanchard, with the work ethic she learned there. After studying International Relations at Saint Anselm College in 2012, Ms. Blanchard worked in hospitality and management at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Upon her return to Massachusetts in 2014, she worked at the Discovery Museum in Acton where her dream of attending law school was solidified as she worked with children with disabilities.
Order of Exercises
Academic Achievement Awards (Highest GPA as of fall semester 2017)
The audience is requested to remain seated until after the processional has been completed.
National Anthem Daniel J. Galvin ’18 Invocation Rabbi Jacqueline Romm Satlow Welcome Robert E. Johnson Chancellor Greetings from the Dean Eric J. Mitnick Greetings from the Board of Trustees Mary L. Burns Student Address Alicia F. Blanchard ’18 Awarding of the Chancellor’s Medal The Honorable Maura Healey Commencement Address The Honorable Maura Healey Attorney General Commonwealth of Massachusetts Announcement of Awards Eric J. Mitnick Dean Hooding of the Candidates and Conferring of Juris Doctor Degrees Robert E. Johnson Chancellor Eric J. Mitnick Dean
Full-time student: Phillip Rutahweire Part-time student: Michael F. Ryan Clinical Legal Education Award (CLEA) Katelyn R. Golsby Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company (CATIC) Foundation, Inc. Award Amy Marques Dean’s Service Award Mary Elizabeth McBride Pro Bono Award Nolan R. Young (350 hours of pro bono work) St. Thomas More Award Paolo G. Corso Student Bar Association Hon. Francis L. Larkin Amicus Award Alicia F Blanchard Thurgood Marshall Social Justice Award Yesenia Isabel Ravelo-Maldonado
2018 School of Law
Eric J. Mitnick Dean
Nicholas S. Murray Niranjan S. Pande Aquaysha L. Parks* Jason A. Pastman
Reader Shaun B. Spencer Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Jared A. Picchi** Kristina Prete Amanda Elizabeth Quigley*
Juris Doctor Recipients
Yesenia Isabel Ravelo-Maldonado
Brittany Ann Algar
Sean T. Rieger*
Alicia F. Blanchard*
Evan M. Roessle*
Michaela J. Connors
Paolo G. Corso**
Michael F. Ryan***
Desiree A. Costa*
Patrick N. Sampson**
Thomas C. Curnalia
Nicolette G. DeSimone*
Anthony A. Senerchia
Zachary J. Devlin*
Nina M. Sousa
Anthony M. Doss
Madison Leigh Speer
Marissa A. Engel
Evan Michael FitzGerald**
Jerry Ed William Winant
Jennifer T. Flemister
Nolan R. Young*
Daniel J. Galvin Katelyn R. Golsby** Mireille Niyitegeka Kamanzi Joseph R. Kenyon Christos Arthur Klardie Dominic L. LaFayette Carly Jean Lacrosse* Gary V. Lees* Joseph John Machado Amy Marques Rachel M. Matos Mary Elizabeth McBride** Stephanie Marie McBride David A. Melanson Matthew J. Montano
Honors designations, pending final grades *** Summa Cum Laude ** Magna Cum Laude * Cum Laude
Academic Fellows Evan Michael FitzGerald Jennifer T. Flemister Joseph John Machado Aquaysha L. Parks Sean T. Rieger Charles Schofield
Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity Award Katelyn R. Golsby
Public Interest Law Fellows Michaela J. Connors Desiree A. Costa Daniel J. Galvin Katelyn R. Golsby Amy Marques Mary Elizabeth McBride David A. Melanson Yesenia Isabel Ravelo-Maldonado Charles Schofield Nina M. Sousa Leann Stellmach
Law Review Board Editor-In-Chief Mary Elizabeth McBride Managing Editor Paolo G. Corso Executive Articles Editor Sache Rockamore I.T. Editor Jerry Ed William Winant Executive Notes Editor Michael F. Ryan Executive/Symposium Editor Aquaysha L. Parks
Lead Staff Editors Alicia F. Blanchard Zachary J. Devlin Christos Arthur Klardie Jared A. Picchi Phillip Rutahweire Nolan R. Young
Staff Editors Evan Michael FitzGerald Katelyn R. Golsby Rachel M. Matos Charles Schofield
“Servant of Justice Award” for performing 100 hours of pro bono or community service work Mrinalini Bhaumik Alicia F. Blanchard Jennifer T. Flemister Nicholas S. Murray Aquaysha L. Parks Taylor Rego Madison Leigh Speer
Alumni Marshal Roger J. Dugal ’70, jd ’89 Golden Graduate Marcher Robert Randall ’54 Alumni Marchers Louis A. D’Amarino, JD ’14 John Patrick Masella, JD ’06 George Louis Mesmar, JD ’16
“Leader for Justice Award” for performing 200 hours of pro bono or community service work Michaela J. Connors Desiree A. Costa Anthony M. Doss Evan Michael FitzGerald Daniel J. Galvin Katelyn R. Golsby Amy Marques Mary Elizabeth McBride David A. Melanson Yesenia Isabel Ravelo-Maldonado Sache Rockamore Charles Schofield Nina M. Sousa Nolan R. Young
Amy Valente ’95, JD ’98 Nancy Vanasse ’90, MBA ’05
Faculty and Staff Marshals
Chief Marshal Professor Philip E. Cleary Faculty Marshal Professor Dwight G. Duncan Julie Cahill Sandra Leger Silva
Celebrating the Classs of 2018