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News Posted on April 24, 2013

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Deliver Commencement Address at UC Davis School of Law

Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Reps. Nancy PelosiUC Davis School of Law is proud to announce that Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi will deliver the Commencement Address for the graduating law Class of 2013. Leader Pelosi will join UC Davis JD and LLM candidates, faculty, honored guests, administrators and UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts on the UC Davis campus on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 4 pm.

From 2007 to 2011, Pelosi served as Speaker of the House, the first woman to do so in American history. She first made history in November 2002 when House Democrats elected her the first woman to lead a major political party in Congress. Pelosi has led House Democrats for a decade and previously served as House Democratic Whip. Pelosi is focused on strengthening America's middle class through job creation, reforming the political system to create clean campaigns and fair elections, enacting comprehensive immigration reform, and ensuring safety in America's communities, neighborhoods and schools.

"I am delighted that Leader Pelosi has agreed to give the Commencement Address," said Kevin R. Johnson, Dean of the School of Law. "Our graduates will benefit greatly from hearing her perspective as a groundbreaking leader on the national stage. I want to thank Leader Pelosi for addressing the 45th graduating class at UC Davis School of Law as our graduates prepare to launch their legal careers. I know she will deliver a powerful and inspiring message."

Previous commencement speakers at UC Davis School of Law include California Governor Jerry Brown, former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, former UN Ambassador and Energy Secretary Bill Richardson, Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84, California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg '84, and civil rights leader Coretta Scott King - the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for whom the law school building is named.

NOTE: The Law School is receiving inquiries from members of the public about how they may attend or view Leader Pelosi’s address. Commencement is an invitation-only event for graduating law students and their families, and is not open to the general public. A live webcast will be viewable at starting one half-hour before the ceremony.