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Members of The McCallen Society, along with alumni from the Department of Art and Design at St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, gathered for a celebration of student success at Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
“Public defenders saved my life,” Juan Roberto Meléndez-Colón shared with first-year St. John’s Law students during a talk he gave in Dean Michael A. Simons’ Criminal Law class this week. Meléndez spent 17 years, eight months, and one day on Florida’s death row for a crime he didn’t commit.
It was a time for joyful celebration and thoughtful reflection as the University acknowledged the generosity of its leadership donors and thanked them for their exceptional support during the current fiscal year.
The Law School’s graduating class of 2014 had an impressive 90% overall employment rate, as measured by the American Bar Association last month. Marking a steady upward trajectory over the last few years, this was a 4% increase from 2013 and places St. John’s fourth in the state, right behind NYU, Columbia, and Cornell, on this key success measure.
Now in its seventh year, the Alumni Great Lawn Party welcomed nearly 2,000 graduates and their families on Saturday to enjoy food, rides, and the opportunity to see old friends.
With the sun shining and just the right amount of nip in the springtime air, runners and walkers—along with some adorable canine companions—took to the pavement around St. John’s Queens campus for the Law School’s annual Vets and Pets Charity 5K.
For the second-straight year, the Red Storm is the champion of the BIG EAST.
Over 50 companies participated in the fair, offering academic and paid internships as well as full- and part-time positions.
St. John’s President, Conrado (Bobby) Gempesaw, Ph.D., and The Most Rev. David O’Connell, C.M., Bishop of Trenton, NJ, will serve as Commencement Speakers for the Staten Island and Queens ceremonies, respectively.

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