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Law School Convocation To Take Place May 18

George Mason University School of Law will celebrate its 2013 Convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the Concert Hall located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus. Graduating students should take time to acquaint themselves with information pertaining to this event.

As is customary, 2013 commencement activities will be ushered in on Friday evening, May 17, from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m., with the Annual Graduation Reception held in the Levy Atrium, Hazel Hall, for graduates, their families, faculty, and staff. The reception is sponsored each year by the Student Bar Association and provides an opportunity for a final class get-together prior to graduation day.

This year’s Convocation will feature a guest address by Judge William T. Newman, Jr., Presiding Judge and Chief Judge of the Arlington Circuit Court, 17th Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

In 1993 Judge Newman was appointed to  the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 17th Judicial Circuit covering Arlington County and the City of Falls Church. In 2003 he was named Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Arlington County. 

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Newman was a partner at the law firm of Carpenter, Newman, Martin, Berkowitz and Garnes. He also was involved in local politics. In 1987 he was elected to the Arlington County Board  and served as its chairman in 1991, when he was re-elected to a second term. During his tenure in local government, he was elected president of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments.

A lifelong resident of Arlington, Judge Newman is founder and president emeritus of the Arlington Community Foundation, which awards the William T. Newman, Jr. Spirit of Community Award annually in his honor to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated tireless and unselfish commitment to improving the quality of life in Arlington.

Judge Newman was named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the Best Trial Judges in metropolitan Washington, D.C. He is also an accomplished actor and a member of Actor’s Equity.

Eric Claeys, Professor of Law, was chosen faculty speaker, while graduating students Abby Vexler Uzupis and Lora Barnhart Driscoll were selected as day and evening class speakers, respectively, for the Convocation.

Graduating students should plan to arrive at the Concert Hall shortly after noon, with parking available in the adjacent parking garage. At 12:30 p.m., members of the law school's Class of 2013 will assemble for a panoramic class photo, afterward filing into the university's Concert Hall for the start of the School of Law's Convocation at 2 p.m. The Concert Hall opens to guests at 1:15 p.m.

At 10 a.m. on May 18, all Class of 2013 graduates will be honored at the University’s traditional full Commencement program to be held at the Patriot Center on the Fairfax Campus. Law graduates are welcome to attend this ceremony, as well, if they wish. Tickets are required for guests, with a maximum of four tickets per graduate. Details are available online.