PUBLISHED:May 11, 2011

Celebrating the Class of 2011

Duke Law will honor the JD, LLM, and SJD classes of 2011 at its annual hooding ceremony at Cameron Indoor Stadium on May 14. Hoods will be presented to 212 JD candidates, 30 of whom will also receive an LLM in international and comparative law, and 13 of whom have also undertaken graduate studies in other schools and departments and Duke University and affiliated graduate schools. Seventy-eight international lawyers will receive an LLM and 14 comprise the inaugural class of Duke Law School’s LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship (LLMLE). Two SJD candidates will be hooded. The graduates will receive their diplomas during Duke University’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 15.

U.S. Senate Deputy Sergeant at Arms Martina Lewis Bradford ’75 will address the graduates. Andrew Roth will speak on behalf of the JD class and and Naokuni Kuwagata will serve as LLM class speaker. For more information on graduation week activities, see the graduation website.

The JD Class of 2011 arrived at Duke Law School three years ago from 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, having graduated from 109 different undergraduate institutions. The graduates earning the LLM degree are internationally-trained lawyers who represent 35 different countries. LLMLE candidates are graduates of a number of American law schools.

Members of the class of 2011 have successfully argued before an administrative law judge regarding the operation of dams on the Yadkin River, founded a student organization examining legal issues in the Middle East and North Africa, won the national championship round of the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition, acted as student legal advisers to the winners of Duke’s Startup Challenge, founded the first chapter of the International Criminal Court Student Network in the U.S.,conducted legal audits of nonprofits working on disaster relief in Haiti, and crafted proposals to reform Haitian laws pertaining to domestic violence and violence against women.

Graduating law students organized conferences examining the application of international law in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, reviewing the state of the Environmental Protection Agency after 40 years, and discussing open access issues and the migration from print to digital media as those issues apply to law journals. Members of the class of 2011 also have dedicated themselves to working in public interest and pro bono, teaching and mentoring young people incarcerated at the Durham Youth Home, helping refugees with legal matters and low-income Durham residents with tax matters and myriad other programs. Over three years, the class of 2011 reported 11,078 pro bono hours.

They have participated in multiple Spring Break trips dedicated to legal service, including a 2010 trip to Brazil, where students studied the land rights of Afro-Brazilian communities, and a 2011 trip to Israel, where they studied housing rights in East Jerusalem.

Meet the class of 2011

Read some of the profiles and stories written about members of the Class of 2010 during their time at Duke Law:

Sara Ruvic ’11

Rocio Perez ’11

Andrea Hamilton ’11

Almira Moronne ’11

Negar Amir-Haeri LLM ’11

Phil Rubin JD/MA ’11

Matt Smith JD/LLM ’11

Jonathan Knight ’11

Angela Harper JD/LLM ’11

James Pearce JD/LLM ’11

Laura Pisoni JD/MEM ’11

Tricia Hammond ’11