Declaring that compromise is vital to social harmony, longtime
labor advocate Eugene D. Orza, Esq., ’73L addressed more than 300
new graduates of St. John’s School of Law on June 3 during
Commencement Exercises on the Queens, NY, campus.Some 3,500 family,
friends, faculty, administrators, staff and alumni gathered for the
exercises, held in Carnesecca Arena. The Law School awarded 269
J.D. degrees and 35 LL.M. degrees.
Margaret V. Turano ’77L, Associate Academic Dean and Professor
of Law, served as Director of Proceedings.
Michael A. Simons, Dean of the Law School, welcomed the
students with “a teacher’s pride.” Dean Simons noted that they took
their three-year journey together, as he embarked on his deanship
just as the students began their legal studies. Recounting the
classroom and co-curricular achievements of the Class of 2012, he
highlighted the more than 1,000 hours they collectively volunteered
to assist the community’s destitute, neglected and dispossessed
through the Law School’s clinics and service initiatives ―
activities embodying St. John’s Vincentian heritage and
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