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April 21, 2005

CONTACT: Claire Duggan
(202) 994-0616;
Matt Nehmer
(202) 994-6467;

MAY 22

WASHINGTON - Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), minority leader of the U.S. Senate and member of the J.D. class of 1964, will address the class of 2005 at The George Washington University Law School's Diploma Ceremony, 1 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at GW's Charles E. Smith Athletic Center. The ceremony, which will feature Reid delivering the Shapiro Public Service Lecture, follows the University's Sunday morning Commencement Ceremony on the Ellipse.

"We are honored to have Senator Reid return to his alma mater and join us for our Diploma Ceremony," said Law School Interim Dean Roger Trangsrud. "He is a true GW success story with a devotion to public service that sets a proud example for our graduates."
While attending GW Law, Reid supported his young family by working as a U.S. Capitol Hill police officer. He also has worked as a city attorney, a Nevada state assemblyman, and became the youngest lieutenant governor in the history of the state at age 30. He served two terms in the U.S. Congress before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986.
Reid joins an elite list of legal and political luminaries who have addressed GW Law School graduates, including former Attorney General Janet Reno, Sen. George Mitchell, and Supreme Court Justices William Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Harry A. Blackmun.
Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School enrolls approximately 1,750 students each year. The school was ranked 20th in the nation in the most recent "America's Best Graduate Schools" edition U.S. News & World Report. Among law specialties, the intellectual property law program was named the country's third best program. The environmental law program is ranked 10th, and the international law program is ranked ninth in the country.

Media interested in covering the GW Law School Diploma Ceremony should
contact Claire Duggan at (202) 994 061 or Matt Nehmer at (202) 994-6467.

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