To the Mighty Class of 2020:

Congratulations on finishing this journey! Please take the time, over and over again, to thank your families, friends, and mentors who have supported and sustained you throughout your lives and during your time at Maryland Carey Law. Your graduation is as much about them as it is about you. You have stood on their shoulders. As you continue to climb, always remember to help lift those who will come after you. Pay it forward.

The Class of 2020 is unique. It is special. We are living in urgent and uncertain times. You have been confronted with the obligation to lead, to redirect, and to change. Your experiences over the last few months and in the immediate future will help to shape the generations that will follow.  Your navigation of these uncharted waters will positively impact clients, communities, legal systems, the legal profession, and justice. Your lives have been built for this moment in history. More than anyone else, you are prepared to meet these times. You have our support. Much more importantly, you have our gratitude. Thank you for all that you will do.

Professor Michael Pinard