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.
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