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2018 Law School Commencement 

Saturday, May 19, 2018  - 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!  Your FREE graduation announcements are ready for pick up 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.  The ceremony will start promptly at 11:00am.
  • 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 2018

The Honorable Anna Jaeger Brown

Senior United States Judicial Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon

The Honorable Anna Jaeger Brown was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Oregon by President William Jefferson Clinton, and confirmed by the United States Senate on October 15, 1999.

She assumed “Senior Status” as a U. S. District Judge on July 27, 2017.

While working full-time as a 911 operator, Judge Brown earned her B.S. in Administration of Justice at Portland  State University in 1975, and while attending night law school and earning her J.D. from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, Judge Brown served as law clerk to Hon. John C. Beatty, Jr., Circuit Judge, on the Multnomah County (Oregon) Circuit Court.

After her admission to the Oregon Bar in 1980, Judge Brown was a trial lawyer with the Portland, Oregon, office of Bullivant Houser Bailey, where she was one of the two women first admitted to partnership and where she gained significant experience  trying jury cases in state and federal courts throughout the region.

Judge Brown left private practice in 1992 when Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts appointed her to the Multnomah County District Court.  In 1994, Governor Roberts appointed her to the Multnomah County Circuit Court.  Judge Brown twice ran unopposed for additional state-court terms.  In her 26 years as a trial judge, Judge Brown has worked in the full range of general-jurisdiction, state-court and federal trial court proceedings as well as presiding over numerous complex civil and criminal jury trials.  For example, she was the trial judge in Williams v. Philip Morris, Oregon’s first  tobacco- product-liability jury-trial whose punitive damages award was reviewed in multiple state appellate and U.S. Supreme Court proceedings, and she presided pretrial and at two complex,multi-defendant criminal jury trials arising from the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon.

Judge Brown shares her extensive trial court expertise with new and experienced lawyers through frequent state and federal continuing legal education programs and as an instructor and mentor for new lawyers and trial judges. Judge Brown’s work involving jury trial improvement began as a member and then chair of both the Oregon State Bar Uniform Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions Committees, continued in her federal service as a member and then Chair of both the 9th Circuit Jury Instructions Committee and the 9th Circuit Jury Trial Improvement Committee, and she now is in her second term of service on the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference U.S.

Throughout her career, Judge Brown has served her profession in various positions with the Multnomah Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, the United States District Court of Oregon Historical Society, the Oregon Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Lewis and Clark Law School’s Alumni Board and its Roosevelt Robinson Memorial Scholarship Committee, as a career-long member of Oregon Women Lawyers, a past member and officer of the Gus J. Solomon  Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and as the immediate past- President of the Ninth Circuit’s District Judges Association.

Educated from kindergarten through night law school in Portland, Judge Brown is a lifelong Oregon resident, and the  first American-born citizen in her family of displaced, immigrant- farmers from East-Prussia who, by their sacrifices, gave her the promise of opportunity she has worked hard to honor.

She was recognized in 2000 as Lewis and Clark Law School’s Distinguished Graduate and, most recently, she was honored in a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court as the 2017 recipient of the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit.  Judge Brown continues to provide substantial judicial service to the U. S. District Court of Oregon.


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. 
  • 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 Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 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 between 9am and 5pm up until May 14th. 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. 
  • All grads are allowed to keep their regalia and don’t have to return it.

Baccalaureate Celebration  

(more details)

DATE:  Friday, May 18 at 2:00pm

Location:  Diane Gregg Pavilion (next door to the Agnes Flanagan Chapel)

Guest speaker:  TBD

The Cornelius Honor Society & Honor Students Reception

Friday, May 18, 2018  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 2018 Cornelius Honor Society members and students graduating with honors.  

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

The new 2018 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.

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 last about 2 hours.  Guest needing to plan after graduation celebrations, can of course, leave the reception when they want to.

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 2018


  • 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 2017. 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 classroom 2.

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