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News Posted on May 17, 2010

Commencement Honors Class of 2010


The Honorable Paul Igasaki '79 delivered an inspiring Commencement Address and Gabriel Zeldin '10 was presented with the Law School medal for academic achievement at the UC Davis School of Law Commencement Ceremony on May 14 at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.  The event also featured remarks from UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, Dean Kevin R. Johnson, student speaker Aliyah Abdullah, and Professor Alan Brownstein.  The Law School awarded 192 Juris Doctor degrees and 17 Master of Laws degrees.

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Igasaki, Chairman and Chief Judge of the U.S. Department of Labor's Administrative Review Board, emphasized UC Davis School of Law's commitment to public service in his address to the Class of 2010.  "Dr. Martin Luther King's name is appropriately attached to this institution," he said.  "I expect you to maintain that legacy."

Dean Johnson remarked, "This nation's greatest strength is its dedication to equality and liberty built upon the rule of law.  When we forget that, we suffer.  As we see again and again in state and local, national and international events, lawyers are essential to enforcing the rules and securing justice for all.  I know we can count on the Class of 2010 to be ethical, responsible, and intelligent lawyers -- the best of the best."

Chancellor Katehi performed the conferral of degrees and encouraged the Class of 2010 to become leaders in addressing the many challenges facing society.  "My hope is that as tomorrow's leaders, you will see today's challenges as opportunities," she said.  "I feel certain you will make us all proud."

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Students spoke proudly of the sense of community at King Hall.

"From the time I began law school as a wide-eyed first year law student with my kindergarten son, our class embraced me.  I was different from everyone in our class, but I felt right at home," said student speaker Aliyah Abdullah.

"I appreciate all of my classmates because we have such a great group of people, and I really have learned something from every single one of you," said Gabriel Zeldin, recipient of the Law School medal for academic achievement.

The 2010 ceremony marked the first time the Law School held commencement exercises in the elegant Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the UC Davis campus.