AlumniCongressman John J. Duncan, Jr. Delivering the Commencement Address May 2013
Commencement is a special time for graduating students, their loved ones, and the entire academic community. As with most educational programs, graduation from law school marks an important milestone in one’s personal and professional development.
On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Duncan School of Law conducted its third commencement. The season’s exercise was conducted at the Tex Turner Arena on Lincoln Memorial University’s main campus in Harrogate, TN at 11AM. It was a truly momentous occasion for the law school and the wider LMU family.
This year’s commencement address was delivered by the Honorable Jane Branstetter Stranch. Judge Stranch sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was nominated by President Obama in 2009 and confirmed by the United States Senate in 2010. Judge Stranch received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 1975. She then earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1978, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Early in her career Judge Stranch practiced law in both the state and federal courts with a focus in labor employment, Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), personal injury, worker’s compensation, wrongful death, and utility law. During the latter part of the 1990s, Judge Stranch’s practice focused mainly on complex litigation and class actions throughout the United States. Many of her cases involved representing plan participants who have lost their individual account pensions due to fiduciary breaches, often concurrent with corporate scandals.
Like most worthwhile undertakings, the journey to this day was not easy. As the years pass, we hope our new graduates will reflect on their time with us and appreciate the lessons learned in and out of the classroom.
To the Class of 2014: Please keep in touch with us and know that we sincerely wish you the very best of luck in your future endeavors.
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