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Dean Michael A. Simons is pleased to announce that W. Mark Lanier, acclaimed trial lawyer and founder of the Lanier Law Firm, will be the Law School’s 2015 commencement speaker. Lanier will also receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. John’s.
The Law School’s Frank S. Polestino Trial Advocacy Institute ended its 2014-2015 mock trial competition season with an impressive record that included four championships and two visits to nationals. Along the way, five of its student advocates earned individual awards for their outstanding trial skills.
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.
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.
“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.
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.

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