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School of Law to Hold Convocation August 23

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Western New England University School of Law will hold its Convocation marking the start of a new academic year Tuesday, August 23 at noon on the Blake Law Center lawn. The Honorable Francis X. Spina, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, will deliver the keynote address.

spina_law_convocation_11jpgA native of Pittsfield, Spina was appointed to the state’s highest court in 1999. He was previously an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the Superior Court. Prior to serving on the bench, Spina engaged in the general practice of law for 15 years, worked as a legal services attorney and assistant district attorney, and served the city of Pittsfield as an assistant city solicitor and member of the planning board. Spina is a former President of the Berkshire Bar Association and former Secretary of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Fall Convocation brings together members of the School of Law community to start a new academic year of learning and intellectual growth. The inclusion of noted members of the legal community serves as an opportunity to motivate and inspire students in the traditions of the legal profession. Past speakers include Massachusetts Lt. Governor Timothy Murray, United States District Court Judge Alvin Thompson, Connecticut Supreme Court Chief Justices Ellen Ash Peters and Chase T. Rogers, American Bar Association President Michael S. Greco, Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh, and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Kenneth R. Feinberg.

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