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Commencement Speaker Election - Spring 2015

All graduating students (class of 2015) can vote for one candidate for commencement speaker


Commencement Speaker Candidates


Spencer Allen


Frederick Davis
Frederick Davis

I was born and raised on a small farm in Northern Colorado. I left because I was called to serve my nation. The next transitional phase in my life was leaving the Army Special Forces due to injury. After my medical retirement, I considered two things. First, I wanted to make a positive impact on the world. Second, I considered the Special Forces Motto: De Oppresso Liber, which means to Liberate the Oppressed and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

My decision to go to law school was informed by those two tenants I wanted to live my life by; there are many ways to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. In law school, I was able to interact with some of the finest minds I have ever meet and continue to fight for others. I was able to be a Student Veteran Leader, found the Community Legal Clinic and continue to be a positive impact to those I meet.

I am deeply grateful and appreciative to be nominated. It would bring great honor to myself and my family if I were chosen to speak during this next great transitional period in our lives.

Frederick Davis


Alexandra Hall
Alexandra Hall

Hello there fellow graduates! I am honored to have been nominated for class-elected graduation speaker. If selected, I would endeavor to fully represent our class to our friends and family who are celebrating our graduation with us. With that in mind, these would be the goals for my speech:

  1. I would reflect on our shared accomplishments, difficulties, and the fun times we’ve had while recognizing the awesome people who have encouraged us through law school.
  2. I would be an articulate and entertaining speaker as I discuss these good and bad times we have endured to get to this point. I will not use any trite or cliché quotes in my speech. If necessary, I will only quote respected philosophers such as John Lennon, Tina Fey, Chris Rock, and, of course, Yoda. I will be brief and t the point and I will finish within my allotted time. Graduated is very exciting but let’s be honest, we all really want to get to the celebrating.

I am looking forward to our graduation and am grateful for this opportunity. Good luck on your last week of classes! We made it this far – let’s finish strong!


Andrew Hansen
Andrew Hansen

Well this is awkward. I was told I was running unopposed. Hmm...

The question has been posed: why should you vote for me? Here are a couple reasons.

  1. I am prone to saying things that make a few people laugh. Not everyone, but a few. A vote for me means that you may be one of those lucky few. It is like playing the lottery and everyone loves that.
  2. I have been told that this speech is supposed to be about 5 minutes. There is very little likelihood that I can offend ALL of you in that amount of time.
  3. I might still try to offend all of you.
  4. Frankly, this will give me a reason to get in some sort of shape. I've heard the graduation gowns are rather form fitting, and it would be embarrassing to look like this on that day. I guess this is more for me than for you though.
  5. Imagine how good you will all look in front of your family and friends after they hear me speak. Seriously, they will be like "I'm sure my [insert relation here] did better than that guy."

So, in summary, a vote for me means that I will try and add some delightful whimsy to our ceremony. Not voting for me means that you voted for someone else. I thought that went without saying, but there, you made me say it. Shame on you.


Madalia Maaliki
Madalia Maaliki

We all had those people in our lives that tried to talk us out of taking the LSAT or attending law school at all. They warned of the endless hours of reading, being “cold called” on, and the dreaded process known as outlining. While I feel that these generic warnings may have their merits, I never understood why so many people had nothing but negative things to say about law school. I recently sat down with my younger cousin who is interested in attending DU Law. It was during this conversation that I realized that if I were to only discuss the daunting aspects of attending law school, I would not be painting the full and honest picture for him.

As we come upon our final month of law school, it is hard to believe how quickly the time has flown by. We all made our way through the trauma of 1L year, began to find our footing 2L year, and can now see the finish line in sight. I was able to tell my cousin that instead of running from law school as advised by others, I’m proud to say that I will be walking across that graduation stage.

Within a matter of three years, our class has accomplished so much success, whether it be in trial tournaments, appellate competitions, or the production of well-respected literature. More importantly, this class has become a family to me. I am proud to say that each of you will be my colleague as we enter the legal community. We are all moving forward into a new chapter in our lives, and the commencement ceremony will be a final opportunity to look back and reflect on our time here. While we certainly have all had our fair share of downs throughout the past three years, I am confident that our ups have been far more frequent and will be the moments that remain with us forever.

It would be an absolute honor and privilege to be the person who walks us back down those moments as your commencement speaker.


Jim Rowland
Jim Rowland

Like the Oscars, 'It's an honor just to be nominated.' I am humbled by those students who think I should be the graduation speaker. It has been a fantastic time getting to know those from my section and our class. Law school has been an interesting and challenging experience for us all and I cannot think of a better group of people to have done it with or grab a few drinks at the C&G with.


Zoey Tanner
Zoey Tanner

I really appreciate the nomination and the opportunity to speak at graduation. If I’m chosen as student speaker I will be sincere and brief. Thank you for voting and congratulations on graduating!


Nicola Winter
Nicola Winter

Mediocre law student. Awesome at life....so vote for me right meow, na'm sayin!

PS the only Bar I'll mention is the kind that serves beer.