Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Law Degree in the Family!

Well, it's happened!  Our son, David II, has now added a law degree, (J.D. Cum Laude), to his M.B.A., C.P.A., C.M.A., (Certified Managerial Accountant), plus his P.M.P. (Project Management Professional) So, to honor this major accomplishment, Laurie and I headed off to the Cleveland Ohio suburbs for the graduation ceremony and related celebrations!

Here’s a family portrait in front of David and Amy’s home… Amy, in blue, took this photo using the timer on her camera and she had to dash to get into the photo... hence, her tilted stance.  The photo includes both Amy and David’s immediate families.  As for the graduate himself, he sort of stands out from the crowd!

When he decided to go for his law degree, David II applied to a number of schools in Ohio…and even in Pennsylvania.  Case Western Reserve University’s Law School was his number one choice.  Only about 38% of applicants are accepted…but he was one of them!

Case Western traces it’s origins back to the founding of Western Reserve College in Hudson Ohio back in 1826.  The University is the only independent, research orientated university in a region bounded by Pittsburgh and Rochester on the east, Nashville on the south and Chicago on the west.  The School of Law was established in 1892.  The University’s faculty and former students include 15 Nobel laureates.

The ceremony began with the faculty and student processions from the Law School, Gund Hall, to Severance Hall where the diplomas were actually awarded.  Family and guests lined the sidewalks along the way.  Amy caught this photo of David as he walked on over to the hall.  She was lucky to catch him by himself in this photo…

This photo shows the graduates on the main floor of Severance Hall.  Amy led the way and we were able to grab a great set of balcony seats for our entire group that looked right down on David II as well as the stage.
Severance Hall was completed in 1931.  It is regarded by many as one of the most beautiful concert halls in the country and its home to the Cleveland Orchestra.  The building underwent a $35,000,000 renovation in 2000.  It was given an Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. (I personally loved the original over sized all brass elevators…complete with a bench on one wall and an elevator operator!)

The photo is very dark…but the bearded one waving at the camera is indeed David II.  He looks pretty happy, that’s for sure!
The Keynote Speaker for the Law School graduates was Brenda J. Hollis, JD – Doctor of Laws.  After graduating from college, she joined the Peace Corps, serving in Senegal and Niger.  She joined the USAF and later the Air Force Reserves, retiring as a full Colonel in 1998.  Since ‘retiring’, she’s been working as an advisor and special prosecutor…most recently having been appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as the Special Prosecutor designated to prosecute the former President of Liberia.  He was convicted of War Crimes and crimes against humanity.  Dr. Hollis has won too many awards to be listed here…and she was just awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by Case Western Reserve University.

Here’s our ‘little boy’ receiving his diploma!  He graduated as an Honors Fellow Cum Laude in the upper 20% of his class.  Awards included 2 Anderson Publishing Company Book Awards…which are presented to the top graduating students in selected courses.  In David’s case, those courses were “Federal Income Tax” and “Community Development Clinic”.  David also served as the Executive Notes Editor for the Journal of Law, Technology and the Internet…fitting as much of his career to date has focused on computer technology and it's application. 

This nice photo followed the graduation ceremony… David II with his primary support system, his wife and best friend, Amy.  They both look happy…perhaps a little relieved as well…
Since my career was focused on security, loss prevention and asset protection, I found it appropriate that one of David’s publications in the Case Western University’s Journal of Law, Technology and the Internet was entitled “The Warrantless Use of GPS Tracking Devices: Fourth Amendment Protection Restored Through Application of an Analytical Framework”.  This is just the technology my staff would be using to solve theft cases…if I wasn’t retired.  Of course, lawsuites 'might' have followed our investigations...

Laurie couldn’t resist this photo...hopefully the first of the next generation of Myers university graduates!  David III sure looks confident…quite dapper too!  His parents have Stanford in mind...breaking the 3 generation tradition of Michigan State graduates.  Time will tell!
Just click on any photo to enlarge it…
Thanks for stopping by and sharing this family celebration with us!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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