The Class of 2017: The Stories Behind the Graduates

#UVALawGrad Ceremony Details, Plus Tales From the Class and Speaker Catherine Keating '87
Graduation at UVA Law

The Law School's commencement ceremony begins at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.

May 19, 2017

#UVALawGrad on Social Media

We're using the tag #UVALawGrad and #UVAGrad to track social media on the commencement ceremony this weekend. We'll share a selection of posts on our Storify page.


Sibling Rivalry? Just the Opposite for These Graduating Law Students

It's not unusual for members of the same family to attend law school at the same time. But it's a rare event when three sets of siblings graduate at the University of Virginia School of Law in the same year — the Class of 2017 has only about 300 J.D. students — and even rarer when the class includes two sets of identical twins. More
 

Graduate Puts 'Having It All' to the Test — and Passes

Casey JonasCasey Trombley-Shapiro Jonas, an enthusiastic advocate for women's rights, chose to add a sweet little challenge to her three-year law school experience. She became a mom midway through her studies. "Law school with a baby is harder than law school without a baby," said Jonas, whose son, Coplan, turns 1 on May 23. More
 

Learning To Wield 'a Powerful Instrument': Legal Studies Transform Ajani Brown '17

Ajani BrownAjani Brown first became interested in the idea of pursuing law as a career in high school, when he volunteered at the Legal Aid Clinic of Northwest Texas. The would-be clients were grateful to him just for filling out preliminary forms to hand to an attorney. "At that point I realized that law was a really powerful instrument that affected people's lives, and I really wanted to be a part of it," said Brown, who is from Dallas. More
 

Graduating UVA Law Student Built Solidarity: Jasmine Esmailbegui '17 Promoted Diversity, Service to Others

Jasmine EsmailbegueDuring her first week of law school, Jasmine Esmailbegui went to the annual student activities fair and signed up for every organization that promoted women's interests and LGBT affinity. "I wanted to get involved in those [groups] so that the students who come here will feel comfortable here and know that they will always have friends or community to go to," she said. More
 

Meet Commonfund CEO Catherine M. Keating '87, UVA Law's Commencement Speaker

Catherine KeatingDuring her career, Catherine M. Keating, a 1987 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, has been in charge of hundreds of billions of dollars in investment assets for clients. That's "billions" with a "b." More
 
 

Amber Strickland '17 Wins Virginia State Bar Association's Oliver White Hill Award

Amber Strickland"Amber is a pioneer, a leader and a team player — a student whose efforts and achievements have elevated our institution," Bowers said. "She is much more than an excellent student and a committed public servant. She is a wonderful and decent person, and I am confident that she’s going to be a prosecutor of the same conscience, character and caliber. Really, there are not enough superlatives to adequately describe her." More

 

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