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Posted March 26, 2010

Sen. Whitehouse ’82 to Speak at Graduation

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Contact: Rob Seal

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will deliver the commencement address at the Law School’s graduation ceremony on May 23.

Whitehouse, a 1982 graduate of the Law School who represents Rhode Island, was invited by the Student Bar Association Graduation Committee.

"Our goal in the selection process was to find a speaker who is both passionate and engaging,” said former SBA President Dan Rosenthal. “After conducting a survey of the 3L class, we learned that a large number of students wanted an elected official to serve as this year’s speaker. As a well-respected alumnus and member of the United States Senate, we felt that Sen. Whitehouse would be an ideal choice."

After graduating from law school, Whitehouse clerked for Judge Richard F. Neely in the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.

He then served as a policy advisor and counsel in the Rhode Island governor’s office, and as the state’s director of business regulation. In 1994, President Bill Clinton nominated him as Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney.

Whitehouse served as Rhode Island’s attorney general from 1999-2003, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Whitehouse is a member of the Special Committee on Aging, the Budget Committee, the Environmental and Public Works committee, the Judiciary Committee, and the Select Committee on Intelligence. He chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts and the EPW Subcommittee on Oversight.

The graduation ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m. on May 23. Whitehouse’s remarks will follow the announcement of the class gift and a welcome by Dean Paul Mahoney.

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