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Concord Law School Celebrates 20th Graduation

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08/03/2013 | 06:55pm EST

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas Delivers Commencement Address

Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the nation's first fully-online law school, held its twentieth graduation ceremony today at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The graduating class included 36 graduates of the Juris Doctor program and 27 who earned an Executive Juris Doctor degree. Additionally, three graduates earned LLM degrees from Concord's Small Business Practice LLM program. The LLM program is designed for lawyers and recent law school graduates and provides practical courses focused on the needs of small business clients.

LA Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas addresses Concord's graduating class. (Photo: Business Wire)

LA Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas addresses Concord's graduating class. (Photo: Business Wire)

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas addressed the graduates saying, "You have come here today through a non-traditional path. You have demonstrated by not just your words, but your deeds, your willingness to accomplish something important by a completely different approach. We need folks in the legal profession that are willing to fix the representation gap by looking at the problem and come up with wholly new solutions..... We need members in our profession that are not afraid to lift the two most powerful tools in a lawyer's arsenal -- a simple pencil and a piece of paper -- and couple that with the ability to represent someone who needs representation in court. I challenge you in every aspect of your legal career, regardless of what it looks like, to be innovative, be creative, serve the law, but mostly, make yourself available to assist those citizens that need justice. We all depend on you doing just that." At the end of the ceremony, he swore into the California Bar two Concord graduates who recently passed the exam.

Concord Law School Dean Greg Brandes, JD, who conferred the degrees, said, "As we celebrate our 20th graduating class, Concord Law School continues to be a leader in education innovation. Since the beginning, our programs have helped career-focused learners achieve their personal and professional goals."

Several students were recognized for awards at the ceremony. Award winners included Reem Samir Allos, Rhonda Jean Povich, and Sharon Ann DeBenedetti who all were awarded the Kaplan Award for Legal Services. The award recognizes a graduate who has demonstrated excellence in professionalism and exemplary community service. Maxine A. Laurence-Wurtz won the EJD Award for Academic Excellence. F. Burak Evrenosoglu received the Jack R. Goetz Award for Academic Excellence, which is named after the University's founding dean and recognizing a graduate of the JD class who achieved the highest cumulative grade point average. The Sue Lane Award, given in memory of Concord Law School's first registrar and honoring one student from the graduating class who embodies a strong work ethic, compassionate nature and service to the community, was given to Steven Pierce.

About Concord Law School

Concord Law School is the nation's premier provider of online law degrees. Since opening its virtual doors in 1998, Concord has helped more than 1,700 graduates earn their Juris Doctor (JD), Executive Juris DoctorSM (EJD) degree, or LLM degree. Concord is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Concord Law School of Kaplan University is part of Kaplan Higher Education Group and Kaplan, Inc., a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan Inc. serves more than 67,000 students online and through approximately 70 campus-based schools across the United States and abroad. Kaplan, Inc. is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO) and its largest division. For more information, visit www.concordlawschool.edu.

Concord Law School
Holly Barnhill, 310-689-3216
holly_barnhill@concord.kaplan.edu


© Business Wire 2013
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