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December 6- Legal analyst Dan Abrams to speak at Stetson Law fall graduation


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Gulfport, Fla. – Dan Abrams, NBC’s chief legal correspondent and MSNBC anchor, is Stetson University College of Law’s fall commencement speaker. The graduation ceremony will take place 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18, in the College’s outdoor courtyard.

Abrams covers high-profile trials as NBC News’ chief legal correspondent and anchor of MSNBC’s “The Abrams Report.” Prior to joining NBC News, Abrams was an anchor and reporter for Court TV.

“We are honored to have Mr. Abrams as our graduation speaker,” said Dean Darby Dickerson. “Mr. Abrams combines his communications skill with his legal background to explain complex legal issues to national audiences.”

During the ceremony, 93 students are expected to walk, including five who will receive a Master of Laws degree in International Law and Business. Thirteen students will earn a dual Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from Stetson Law and the Stetson’s School of Business Administration.

At Stetson’s fall honors and awards ceremony, Friday, Dec. 17 at 4:30 p.m., Stetson will celebrate the accomplishments of high-achieving graduating students. During the ceremony, Professor Luz Nagle will be honored with a robing ceremony recognizing her achieving the rank of full professor; she is the first Hispanic to earn that honor.

There are many graduating students with noteworthy stories. Here are just a few:

Koinonia Martin Givens created The Cyrus Initiative: Building Bridges, Restoring Hope, a program designed to promote diversity in the legal profession by working to increase the number of African-American males on law school campuses, traditionally an underrepresented group at law schools.

Neelofer Syed is a lawyer in her native Pakistan, where she has fought for human rights. Four years ago, Syed won a landmark case in Pakistan that legally validated the Right of Muslim women to marry without the consent of their parents. She also fought against child labor in Pakistan. Earlier this year she was awarded a Woman of Achievement Award by the human rights organization Women on the Way.

Blake Thompson
was named to Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “30 under 30″ list honoring outstanding young business leaders in the Tampa Bay area. At 23 he is CEO of The Blake Whitney Thompson Co., acquisition director for the Beckett Whitney Group, and development coordinator for Walker Whitney. He is currently developing multiple real estate sites in Florida and South Carolina.