My heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the Maryland Carey Law Class of 2020. It has been my honor and privilege to teach Health Care Law & Policy to a number of you, and to prior graduates over the past 20 years. I have always felt that I was participating in a wonderful, multi-faceted educational community: I teach the students, they teach me, and they teach each other. The level of engagement and personal generosity shown by my students has been very inspiring and made this a deeply satisfying part of my professional life.
Law school is always a difficult undertaking, and this year has brought challenges and hardships that no one could have anticipated, and that no prior class has had to endure. I don’t really have the words to express how impressed I have been with your resilience and perseverance in the face of sudden adversity. You have all behaved like professionals, I don’t have any higher praise to offer. One of the things I have learned over the course of my legal career is that the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was right, that which does not kill you makes you stronger. The most difficult and challenging phases of my own legal career were the ones that did the most to make me a better lawyer and a better person.
I strongly believe that each of you has the potential to make their unique mark in the world as legal professionals, and that you will look back on this challenging time with a well-earned sense of pride and accomplishment.