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UConn Law School Commencement May 19, 2002
(Released: May 19, 2002)

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WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Honorable Patricia M. Wald, former judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (retired) spoke today at the 79th annual Commencement of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Judge Wald, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, spoke about the changes in the world post-Sept. 11. She also gave the graduates some axioms to live by. The University awarded 203 juris doctor degrees, 19 master of law degrees in United States legal studies, and nine master of law in insurance law degrees.

For more information, please go to the Commencement News website.

Quotes from Judge Wald:

"9/11 changed the fate of the nation."

"Much of what we took for granted before, we cherish now."

"Terrorists and fate do not abide our rules."

"However our world evolves post-9/11, you, as lawyers, will play a central role in it."

"Not everyone can reach the summit. Be prepared to pitch your tent part way up. The grass will still be green."

"In the end, it is you who will have to define success for yourself on your own terms."

"Recognize how much of life depends on luck."

"Danger lies in solely thinking of yourself as a proxy for others."

"Individuals do count, no matter how wide the stage and how grand the arena."

Also please go to the Commencement News Website.

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