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image2014 Law School Commencement 
Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Important Dates

Announcement and Name Card Pickup
 As of March 31, you may pick up your announcements in the Registrar’s office.  There are no actual tickets for the ceremony.  There is no guest limit.  We do advise guests arrive early for parking and seating.

Perkins Loan Exit Interview
Contact Susan Mako 503-768-7833 for more information

Stafford Loan Exit Interview
Contact Rodica Resendez at 503-768-7092 or for more information.

Certification Application Deadline
The Registrar’s office will be emailing grads with certificate deadline information.

Clear Outstanding Accounts
Please check Web Advisor for any outstanding holds on your student account. 

Baccalaureate Service (more details)
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

Location: Diane Gregg Pavilion (Undergraduate Campus)

Commencement 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014 - 11:00am

Law School Commencement

Date: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Time: 11:00a.m.

Where: The Law School Commencement Ceremony will be held inside Pamplin Sports Center (Undergraduate Campus)  Campus Map.

The ceremony is approximately an hour and 45 minutes.  No tickets needed.  Arrive early for parking and seating.  Reception with light refreshments at the law school following the ceremony.

Commencement Speaker 2014



Justice Goodwin Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court.  He was confirmed to office by a unanimous vote of the California Commission on Judicial Appointments on August 31, 2011, following his appointment by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on July 26, 2011. The Governor administered the oath of office to Justice Liu in a public ceremony in Sacramento, California on September 1, 2011.

Before joining the state’s highest court, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). His primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S.  Supreme Court. He has published widely on these subjects in books, law reviews, and the general media.

The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Justice Liu grew up in Sacramento, where he attended public schools. He went to Stanford University and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1991. He attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a masters degree in philosophy and physiology. Upon returning to the United States, he went to Washington D.C. to help launch the AmeriCorps national service program and worked for two years as a senior program officer at the Corporation for National Service.

Justice Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998, becoming the first in his family to earn a law degree. He clerked for Judge David Tatel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and then worked as Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, where he developed and coordinated K-12 education policy. He went on to clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg during the October 2000 Term. In 2001, he joined the appellate litigation practice of O’Melveny & Myers in Washington, D.C., and worked on an array of antitrust, white collar, insurance, product liability, and pro bono matters.

Justice Liu is a prolific and influential scholar. He has published articles on constitutional law and education policy in the California Law Review, Michigan Law Review, NYU Law Review, Stanford Law Review, and Yale Law Journal, among others. His 2006 article, “Education, Equality, and National Citizenship,” won the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law, conferred by the Education Law Association. Justice Liu is also a popular and acclaimed teacher. In 2009, he received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s most prestigious honor for individual excellence in teaching. He earned tenure at Boalt Hall in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Dean. The Boalt Hall Class of 2009 selected him as the faculty commencement speaker.

Justice Liu serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Excellent Education, the American Constitution Society, the National Women’s Law Center, and the Public Welfare Foundation. In 2008, he was elected to the American Law Institute. He has also served as a faculty advisor to the California College Prep Academy, a public charter school co-founded by UC Berkeley and Aspire Public Schools. 

Justice Liu is married to Ann O’Leary, Director of the Children and Families Program at the Center for the Next Generation. They have two children.


Questions regarding commencement should be directed to Liz Hobbs or (503) 768-6648.  

Questions about graduation requirements should be directed to the registrar’s office, 503-768-6614,

If any of your guests have special needs, or a handicap tag, please contact Reggie Raiford at 503-768-6621 or so arrangements can be made. 

Two shuttle vans will run from the various campus parking lots starting at 9:00am on commencement day. 

Please visit our website for hotel information:

Cap and Gown Pickup

Cap and gown distribution will be in the Student Lounge of the Law School on Tuesday, May 6th and Wednesday, May 7 from11am-2pm and 5pm-6pm on both days.  If you are unable to pick up the regalia yourself, you may designate somebody pick it up on your behalf. You must provide written permission to release your regalia to the designee. If it is impossible for you to get your regalia on the dates listed above, you may pick it up at Career Services during regular hours from May 8 to May 21.  The last chance to pick up your regalia is on commencement day from 8:15am-9:30am in Zentbauer Room 126 (adjacent to Pamplin Sports Center).  Extra caps and gowns will be at Zentbauer if there are size issues. Graduates will be “hooded” on stage.

The Cornelius Honor Society

and Honor Students Reception

Friday, May 23, 2014 - Location:  Albany Quadrangle-Smith Hall

4:00pm - 6:00pm

The introduction of 2014 Cornelius Honor Society students and those graduating with honors will be made by Dean and Professor of Law Robert Klonoff at 4:30pm.  

Liz Hobbs will notify, via email, those student’s graduating with honors soon as calculations are complete.

2014 Cornelius Honor Society members will be notified via email from the Dean’s assistant, Anh Le in May.

Attire is business casual.

Contact Liz Hobbs in the Academic Affairs office with any questions at: or 503-768-6648.  

Commencement Day Schedule

Graduates must arrive, in regalia, at Pamplin Sports Center 9:15am. 

Photographs: 9:15am  ALL LAW REVIEW GROUPS

Photographs: 9:30am  GRADUATING CLASS 2014

 PLEASE be on time

A photo will be taken on stage of each graduate while receiving your degree from Dean Klonoff.


Graduates will be assembled in lines for the processional by faculty members serving as marshals. You name will be checked off a list. Anyone not present will have their name crossed off the list, therefore the name will not be called.  Associate Dean Spence will check pronunciation of all names. This takes one solid hour. Students who are not in line for the formation will not be on the list to be called at the ceremony.


Follow the instructions of the faculty marshals. Students lead the processional followed by faculty and the platform party. 


Following the commencement address, Dean Klonoff will “present” the class. Graduates will be asked to stand, and then to come forward to receive their degrees.

Graduates will come forward by rows. The faculty marshal will instruct each row when it is time to proceed toward the stage. Leave your cap on your seat, you will be hooded on stage. When you are the next to be called, stop at the bottom of the steps until your name is called.

As soon as your name is read, proceed up the steps, stop in front of the person hooding.  Turn to face the audience to be hooded.

Next, walk to Dean Klonoff who will shake your hand. A photographer will take your picture as the dean hands you your diploma.  Move on to President Glassner who will shake your hand. Proceed on across the stage to receive the congratulations of the commencement speaker and other members of the platform party.

Finally, proceed down the steps at the far end of the stage for a photo and to be directed to your seat.

When you return to your seat remain standing until all graduates have received degrees.  You will be directed when to be seated.


After the ceremony, return your cap, gown, and hood to the Jostens’ representative at the law school (LRC Room 336). 

Charges will apply for regalia not returned.  Contact Liz Hobbs for questions.  She can be reached at or 503-768-6648.

                             Graduates Commencement Pictures

Listed below are the website instructions for commencement photos taken by Grad Images.

1. Enter the graduate’s last name.

2. Enter Lewis and Clark Law School, select 2014. Your picture proofs will appear.


A short reception will be held at the law school following commencement.  We hope that your family and friends will join you there.

Children’s Commencement Ceremony

In honor of the children of the graduating students, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Board of Directors present a special Children’s Commencement Ceremony held immediately following the Law School Commencement.  It will be held in McCarty Classroom 3.

 Family and friends are invited to attend this ceremony.  Registration is necessary.  Click on this link to register:  Children’s Commencement Ceremony


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    voice 503-768-6648 fax 503-768-6671

    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Martha Spence

    Administrative Specialist for Academic Affairs - Liz Hobbs

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