PUBLISHED:May 13, 2010

Duke Law celebrates the Class of 2010

Duke Law School will hold its annual hooding ceremony in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday, May 15, honoring 213 juris doctor (JD) candidates and 82 master’s of law (LLM) candidates. The graduates will receive their diplomas during Duke University’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 16.

FBI Director Robert Mueller will present remarks during the Hooding Ceremony, as will graduating students JD candidate Katherine Shea and LLM candidate Constantin von Schoening. For more information on graduation week activities, see the graduation website.

The JD Class of 2010 represents 39 states, five countries, and 97 different undergraduate institutions. Twenty JD students will graduate with a dual degree from another school at Duke University, and 25 will earn the JD/LLM degree in International & Comparative Law from Duke Law. One graduate also will earn a master’s degree from the University of Paris.

The graduates earning the LLM degree are foreign lawyers who represent 37 different countries; three of them have earned an environmental law certificate. The LLM Class of 2010 includes Duke Law’s first students from Azerbaijan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Uzbekistan.

Since arriving at Duke Law School, the Class of 2010 has accumulated an impressive list of accomplishments. Its members have argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and even Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in a Dean’s Cup Moot Court Competition. Through clinical work, students secured the educational rights of students in North Carolina public schools and contributed to the effort that resulted in the recent release of Shawn Massey, a 37-year-old North Carolina resident who served 12 years in prison for crimes he didn’t commit.

Graduating students have organized academic conferences to discuss such issues as the rights of migrant workers, redistricting, and the government’s role in emerging ecosystem service markets. Members of the class also reported 9,675 hours of pro bono service while at Duke Law and participated in multiple Spring Break trips dedicated to legal service, including a trip earlier this year to Brazil, where students studied the land rights of Afro-Brazilian communities.

Meet the Class of 2010

The following is a list of profiles and stories written about members of the Class of 2010 during their time at Duke Law: