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2019 Law School Commencement 

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 11:00am
Lewis & Clark College Pamplin Sports Center
Dessert Reception to follow, Law School Legal Research Center

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Important Dates

  • Graduation Announcement Cards!  Each graduate will receive FREE graduation announcements from the Registrar’s office. They will email grads in March when they are available. 
  • 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. 

Commencement Speaker 2019

Honorable Michael McShane

Federal Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of OregonHonorable Michael McShane

Judge Michael McShane is one of six Article III judges serving the District of Oregon, having been nominated to the bench by President Obama in 2012 and confirmed in 2013.  

After receiving his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in 1988, Judge McShane joined the ranks of the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office in Portland, Oregon where he became the supervisor of the felony section. His brief claim to fame as a criminal defense attorney came when he represented the getaway driver in the Tonya Harding prosecution. He joined the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 1997, presiding over a variety of criminal and civil cases. He handled over 25 capital cases during his tenure on the state court bench. In 2014, Judge McShane’s opinion in Geiger v. Kitzhaber paved the way for all Oregonians to marry the partner of their choice. 

Judge McShane taught Trial Advocacy and Criminal Practice for many years at Lewis and Clark Law School. He continues to lecture extensively to students and practitioners on trial practice, criminal justice, evidence, and LGBTQ+ issues. He is on the boards of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. He works with numerous organizations serving at-risk youth, including the Oregon National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program in Bend, Oregon.

Judge McShane lives in Eugene, Oregon with his husband Gregory and their two children.


Questions & Assistance

  • 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, or (503) 768-6614.
  • If any of your guests have special needs or have a handicap tag, please contact Reggie Raiford at or (503) 768-6621 for arrangements. 
  •  No tickets are needed for this event.  There is no guest limit.  We do advise guests to arrive early for parking and seating. The ceremony will start promptly at 11:00am.

  • Commencement lasts about 1.45 hours.  The dessert reception last about 2 hours.  You and your guests can leave whenever they choose.

  • Shuttle vans will run from the various campus parking lots starting at 9:00am on commencement day. There are no shuttles from hotels to the campus. The Pioneer Express will not be running on commencement day. Please check TriMet schedules. You can also use Uber or Lyft.
  • Please visit our website for hotel information:

Cap & Gown 

  • Cap and gown pick up will be done in the Student Lounge of the Law School on April 18 and 19 from 11am-2pm and 5pm-6pm. If you are unable to pick up your regalia, you may designate somebody to pick it up. You must provide written permission or email to release your regalia to your designee. This note needs to be given to the Jostens representative. If it is impossible for you to pick up your regalia on the dates listed above, you can pick it up in the Career Services office area from April 22 to May 14 during business hours.  The last chance to pick up regalia is on commencement day from 8:15-9:30am in Zentbauer Room 126 (adjacent to Pamplin Sports Center). A few extra caps and gowns will be at Zentbauer if there are size issues. Graduates will be “hooded” on stage. You will not get a hood with the cap and gown package.
  • All grads are allowed to keep their regalia and don’t have to return it. There is no charge for your regalia.

The Cornelius Honor Society & Honor Students Reception

Friday, May 17, 2019  4:00-6:00 pm; Location:  Law School Student Lounge

Membership in the Cornelius Honor Society is awarded to students nominated by faculty and staff. Selection is based on demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service to the law school community. The award honors Dorothy L. Cornelius who served the law school for 20 years, first as secretary and finally as dean of admissions and registrar, before retiring in 1975. Her professionalism encouraged countless students; her warmth and support helped many students through to their own professional goals. 

At 4:30 pm, Dean and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law Jennifer Johnson will recognize the 2019 Cornelius Honor Society members and students graduating with honors.

Liz Hobbs will notify, via email, those students graduating with honors as soon as calculations are completed a few days before graduation.

The new 2019 Cornelius Honor Society members will be notified via email in May.

Attire is business casual. Photos will be taken. Please enter through the main LRC door for this event for name tags and programs.

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

Commencement Day Schedule

The commencement ceremony lasts approximately 1.45 hours. The dessert reception at the law school lasts about 2 hours.  Those needing to plan after graduation celebrations, can of course, leave the reception when they choose.

Commencement Day:

9:15 am    Graduates must arrive, in regalia, at Pamplin Sports Center. Please be on time.

9:15 am     Photographs:  ALL LAW REVIEW GROUPS

9:30 am     Photographs:  GRADUATING CLASS 2019


  • Graduates will be assembled in lines for the processional by faculty members serving as marshals. Each graduate 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 Emeritus Martha 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. Please do not get out of line after your name is verified.


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


  • Following the commencement address, Dean Johnson 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 Johnson who will shake your hand. A photographer will take your picture as the dean hands you your diploma. Move on to President Wim Wiewel 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.


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 2019. Your picture proofs will appear.


A dessert 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. Location at the law school in McCarty classroom 2.

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