Dean Frederick M. Lawrence and MPAA Chairman and
CEO Dan Glickman with the Law School Class
Picture Association of America Chairman
Dan Glickman addresses graduates at Law
School diploma ceremony
By Laura Ewald
Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman delivers
the Shapiro Public Service Lecture at the Law School diploma ceremony.
On May 21,
nearly 600 GW Law graduates celebrated
the University’s commencement on
the National Mall, enjoying the clear day
and remarks by former President George
H.W. Bush, former first lady Barbara Bush,
and Viacom/CBS Chairman Sumner M. Redstone.
Shortly after, they gathered with family
members, friends, and faculty and staff
members in GW’s Charles E. Smith
Athletic Center for the Law School’s
diploma ceremony, which featured an address
by Motion Picture Association of America
Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman, JD ’69.
President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Dean
Frederick M. Lawrence conferred an honorary degree
upon Glickman, who then presented the Shapiro
Public Service Lecture.
The former secretary of agriculture stressed
the importance of political and social involvement
and “likeability” as building blocks
to a good life. “It is well worth remembering
that while your schooling has been first class
here at GW, and your knowledge of the law is
keen, and your abilities and success in whatever
you do has been given a great foundation here … honing
and sharpening your ‘people skills,’ as
well as your judgment and common sense, will
really determine how successful you will be.”
Student Bar Association
President Eric Koester, JD ’06
Lawrence acknowledged the “Old Guard,” graduates
from the classes of 1956 and earlier, with G.
Franklin Rothwell, JD ’56, serving as the
grand marshal. Lawrence then thanked contributors
to the 2006 class gift, which benefited the Loan
Reimbursement Assistance Program.
The Distinguished Faculty Service Award, given
each year by the graduating Juris Doctor class,
was presented to Professor Thomas Colby. The
class of 2006 also presented awards to adjunct
faculty members Barry Boss, JD ’85, Cathy
A. Costantino, and Frederic Freilicher, as well
as Rosanne L. O’Hara, director of academic
Jennifer Lee Mascott, JD ’06, received
the John Bell Larner Award for the highest cumulative
average in the course for the Juris Doctor degree.
Kevin Alan Baumert, JD ’06, received the
Anne Wells Branscomb Award for the highest cumulative
average in the part-time evening division. Jasmine
Chloe Aherne, JD ’06, was selected by her
classmates to receive the Michael Dillon Cooley
Other highlights of Commencement Weekend included
a special brunch for members of the Old Guard
and a dean’s reception held for graduates
and their families at the Smithsonian National
Air and Space Museum.