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Scalia Law School Class of 2018 Celebrates Graduation

2018 Graduates
2018 Antonin Scalia Law School Degree Celebration. Photo by Bethany Camp, George Mason University.

On Saturday, May 19, the Antonin Scalia Law School awarded 138 JD degrees and 19 LLM degrees at the annual graduation celebration held at the university's Fairfax Campus. Dean Henry N. Butler presided over the ceremony.

The guest speaker was Noel John Francisco, Solicitor General of the United States. Graduating students elected Michael Davis, Senior Lecturer in Law, to deliver the faculty address. The class speakers were Victória Deliberador Martinelli (LLM), Katie J. MacDowell (Day), and June “Bonnie” M. Kelly (Evening). Student Bar Association President Philip Thomas Abbruscato also delivered remarks.

Dean Butler presented a number of awards to graduating students including the Daniel D. Polsby Award for Excellence in Leadership to Katie J. MacDowell and Daniel J. Shapiro; the Emerging Leader in Public Service Award to Julia E. Palermo; and the Law School Community Service Award to Ashley Post and Zachary T. Schutz. Awards for excellence were presented to Michelle Boardman, Associate Professor of Law (Law School Teaching Excellence) and to Jose Coradin, Director of Technology Services (Dean's Award for Excellence). Pam Walsh Lee and Katie J. MacDowell had the distinction of graduating summa cum laude.

Music for the law school celebration was provided by the George Mason University Jazz Ensemble. A reception for attendees was held after the ceremony.

A recording of the ceremony is available on the Mason website.

The Graduation Program is available online.