Tolga Ozek, a lawyer from Turkey, asked his LLM classmates and the other graduates to think about how distinguished lawyers throughout history -- like Jefferson, Gandhi, and Mandela -- have used their knowledge of law to solve societal problems. "At Duke Law, I have once again found a reason to affirm that I don't believe in races or ethnic separations or any other similar barriers among humans," he said. "I believe the only difference that makes us distinguishable is our good will and conscience to develop our systems of law and ease the life of our peoples. I truly believe in that now more than ever, after having spent almost a year with distinguished lawyers, prosecutors, and friends from 38 different countries together, in a country where we have enjoyed freedom of speech and the rule of law at its very best."
Recorded on May 10, 2014 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.