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May 15, 2014

Hundreds of USF School of Law students, faculty, and alumni gathered at the Mark Hopkins InterContinental Hotel on May 14 for the annual Alumni Graduates Dinner to toast the Class of 2014 and honor several professors.

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Professor Michelle Travis received the 2014 Distinguished Professor Award May 14.

The 2014 Distinguished Professor Award, which is voted on by graduating students, went to Professor Michelle Travis. In accepting the award, she spoke of the students as “extraordinary individuals and extraordinary lawyers.”

“I have been inspired by you. I have learned from you. I have been humbled by you,” Travis said. “I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to share this journey with you. Thank you very much for this honor and congratulations to all of you.”

Lynn Duryee ’79 was honored as the John J. Meehan Alumni Fellow for her commitment to mentoring USF students. Brian Budds, who teaches Bioethics and Health Law, received the Hon. Ira A Brown Jr. Distinguished Adjunct Professor Award, and graduating student Shaun Greer received the Student Bar Association Award. 

Dean John Trasviña reminded the Class of 2014 that the support they receive from the law school doesn’t end at graduation.

“Today, and for the next couple of months through July, you are students seeking answers,” Trasviña said. “After that, you will be attorneys providing answers and strategies to people and clients who depend upon you for the defense of their liberty, safeguarding their livelihood, protecting their finances and intellectual property, and making our legal system live up to our founders’ and our futures’ expectations. Know that you are embarking not alone but with the strength of a USF legal education and the support of the entire USF School of Law community.”

The Alum Grad Dinner was supported by Benefactors Hanson Bridgett and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery, and Sponsors Kaye Moser Hierbaum LLP, Trombadore Gonden Law Group LLP, Miller Sabino & Lee Legal Placement Services, The Brandi Law Firm, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Robert Arns and the Arns Law Firm, Nixon Peabody, and Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney.