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Stetson law school commencement is May 14

Commencement at Stetson College of Law in Gulfport.

Commencement at Stetson College of Law in Gulfport.

Roderick L. Ireland, the first African-American chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will deliver Stetson law school’s commencement address at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, in the Plaza Mayor courtyard on Stetson’s Gulfport campus, 1401 61st St. South.

When he was appointed an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1997, Ireland became the first African-American to sit on that bench in its over 300-year history. In 2010, Ireland became the Court’s first African-American chief justice. Ireland was one of the four justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriage in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health (2003), the nation’s very first case in which a state supreme court declared same-sex marriage constitutional.

A total of 273 Stetson law school students will celebrate commencement, among them, 70 part-time J.D. students, seven J.D./M.B.A. students, one J.D./M.P.H. student, two J.D./MINTEC students, one J.D./Grado student, 12 LL.M. in Advocacy, four LL.M. in Elder Law and 10 LL.M. in International Law students.

This year’s graduating class includes:

·         Brandon Breslow, award-winning trial team and Honors Program member, teaching assistant and Stetson student ambassador who is graduating with a concentration in advocacy;

·         Hayley Brew, Environmental Law Society vice president, member of the Dispute Resolution Board, Stetson student ambassador and student editor with the Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy;

·         Darnesha Carter, Honors Program and award-winning moot court member, Stetson Law Review editor, 2013-2014 Black Law Students Association member of the year;

·         Daniel J. Kavanaugh, former police officer, veteran of the U.S. Army, award-winning member of Stetson’s trial team and president of the Student Bar Association;

·         Jounice Nealy-Brown, director of communications at the Tampa Bay Times and longtime journalist, Stetson Law Review senior associate and recipient of the Outstanding New Associate Award who is graduating from the part-time J.D. program;

·         P.J. Nowlan, president of the International Law Society, member of the Dispute Resolution Board and editor of the Journal of International Aging Law and Policy, who is graduating with a J.D. from Stetson in the international law concentration and a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida.

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