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
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)
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
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.
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