Class of 2012 Celebrated at Annual Third Year Brunch
On April 15, the Villanova University School of Law Class of 2012, Dean John Gotanda, faculty and members of the Villanova Law Alumni Association Board of Advisors gathered at the Philadelphia Country Club for the Third Year Brunch. The annual event, hosted by the Villanova Law Alumni Association, celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of the graduating class and welcomes them as the newest members of the Alumni Association.
Ambassador David F. Girard-diCarlo VLS ’73, former US Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and Member of Cozen O’Connor, delivered the keynote address. In his remarks, he challenged the graduating students to be open-minded and self-assured as they embark on their professional careers. “Despite the economic challenges that our nation is facing and despite the challenging world economy – do not despair,” said Girard-diCarlo. “You should be confident that Villanova Law School has prepared you well for whatever situations you will encounter. By conquering the Socratic Method of teaching and surviving the rigors of a law school education, you have all demonstrated an ability to be critical thinkers. I suggest that if you use those skills to face life’s challenges and if you pursue your dreams with passion, you will be able to achieve unlimited possibilities.”
The event culminated with the presentation of student service awards. John Rafferty was honored with the Villanova Law Alumni Association Award for Pro Bono Service, presented annually at the Third Year Brunch to the third-year student who has contributed the most meaningful pro bono service to those in need. Thirty-six students received the Law School’s Dorothy Day Award, which is presented annually to third-year students who have served a minimum of 40 hours of pro bono service during their three years in law school.
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