UNH Law School grads told to 'serve justice'
Olson, who was solicitor general for President George W. Bush, talked about how he and Boies became the so-called "odd couple" - coming together to argue against California's Proposition 8 banning gay marriage.
"We were professional adversaries in the presidential recount case but we were not enemies," he said.
Boies told the graduates they will have the opportunity to do "interesting, challenging and often exciting work," to make a "very good" living and to earn the respect of colleagues and the community. But more importantly, he said, "You'll have the opportunity to serve justice."
He turned serious at the end, urging classmates to "take a moment to appreciate what we've accomplished here."
"We have endured long exams, memo writing and moot court, reading all those long books, waking up all those early mornings for class and the seemingly never-ending New England winter," he said.
Chosen by graduates to offer advice from the faculty, Prof. John Orcutt reassured them that the current depressed job market is merely "a blip." He said the demand for legal services is increasing "exponentially" around the globe.
And Orcutt urged them to remember why they decided to study law in the first place. "I'm assuming most of you are becoming lawyers for the same reason I became a lawyer: I want to change the world. I'd like to make the world a better place."
And, in a bittersweet tribute, Margaret Rudman accepted a posthumous honorary degree on behalf of her late husband, former U.S. Sen. Warren Rudman who, law school Dean John Broderick said, "led a consequential life." It would have been Rudman's 83rd birthday.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- River Valley Community College planning for new president's inauguration - 0
- Singing a nationwide national anthem at St. Anselm College in Manchester - 0
- Manchester teachers union has contract concerns - 0
- Litchfield school superintendent surprised by board's decision - 0
- State, Lyndeborough agree on school bond repayment plan - 0
- Portsmouth school district undergoing widespread review of sexual harassment response - 0
- Futures Lab offers a glimpse at college, career - 0
- Scholarship established at Kimball Union Academy to honor slain journalist - 0
- Claremont extends school days after renovation delays - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Quake strikes northeast of Tokyo, no reports of serious damage - 0
- Hassan was right: 'Bullying' bill goes too far - 0
- DWI license revocations - 0
- NFL: Eagles rally in second half to edge Colts, 30-27 - 0
- Large blast kills at least one in Afghan capital as smoke rises above city - 0
- UNH ranked for 144th straight week; QB Goldrich honored by CAA - 0
- New Legion director eyes junior division growth - 0
- NHIAA Roundup: Five different goal scorers lift Pinkerton to field hockey win - 0
- Woman shot during Manchester drug raid ID'd - 0
Win tickets to see Kip Moore
Win tickets to see Demi Lovato
Win tickets to see the John Butler Trio
Enter to win tickets to see the Dirty Heads
Strategery: A war by any other name
Freeh dumb: Favoritism in Vt.?
Lawyer wants cellphone evidence thrown out
Mexican man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to traffic hundreds of pounds of cocaine
Your Turn, NH -- Ted Menswar Jr.: How Manchester pulled together to honor one of its greats