Dear Class of 2021, 

Being in law school is challenging under the best of circumstances.  Being in law school during a pandemic?  Off the charts.  But you have managed it with grace, good humor, and persistence, and for that, I am both thankful and deeply impressed.  There’s nothing that legal practice will throw at you that you can’t handle after this.   

Special thanks to those of you who were in clinics during the pandemic.  Your clients needed you more than ever this year, and you delivered in ways big and small.  You helped families facing eviction, worked to release incarcerated people from COVID-ridden prisons and immigration detention, and advocated for your clients’ rights to the basic human needs that became even more important during the pandemic.  Just by being there for your clients, you reminded them that they were heard and valued at a time when many people felt isolated and alone.  These are the most important things we do as lawyers, and you did them beautifully. 

Congratulations on your graduation and welcome to our profession.  We are so lucky to have each and every one of you. 

Warmly, 

Leigh Goodmark 

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