Pitt Commencement

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law (that's the full, official name) held its commencement exercises on Saturday, featuring more than 250 new JDs, a batch of LL.Ms (lawyers from other countries taking a one-year degree in the US), and a group of MSLs (mid-career professionals taking a one-year program of law courses), and a stirring address by Theodore Shaw, the new president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The Post-Gazette ran a nice piece about the address. For any of you non-lawyers whose immediate instinct is to whine about the excesses of the legal system and the ever-expanding number of lawyers in our midst, take a moment to read the report of Ted Shaw's remarks.

Congratulations to all the graduates, and welcome to the profession.


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