During his lifetime, Professor Emeritus Fred Hart has seen the world change in unforeseeable ways and will continue to do so, the former UNM School of Law dean told graduates at the school’s commencement ceremony. Commending them for their hard work in earning their J.D.s, he reminded the members of the Class of 2010 that what they will do as lawyers will affect the future of the profession, as well as society as a whole.
“Remain cognizant of the good work that lawyers have done in the past, and continue to believe that you can do good as a lawyer,” he said in his keynote speech during the ceremony. “In a country where the rule of law is paramount, lawyers are often the actors who make us a better people.”
Professors Fred Hart, right, and Cruz Reynoso
During the May ceremony, Dean Kevin Washburn recognized Cruz Reynoso, a former member of the UNM law faculty, for his many contributions to the legal profession. Reynoso, who went on to become the first Hispanic justice on the California Supreme Court, is currently a professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis School of Law. Earlier in the day, he received an honorary degree from the University of New Mexico.
The evening before commencement, graduates received a variety of honors and awards for their achievements during law school.