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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 LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law at St. John’s University School of Law will re-launch for the 2015-2016 academic year as the LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice.
Focusing on the centuries-old legacy of history, immigration, and race in the Caribbean, award-winning authors Robert Antoni and Gaiutra Bahadur discussed their latest works.
St. John’s undergraduate Sylke Lesinski ’18C earned recognition for excellence in creative writing at the Staten Island Borough President’s Young Writers Showcase—the finale of the Young Writers Roundtable, a year-long academic program that celebrates student writers throughout the borough.
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.
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.

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