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May 8, 2008

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Seminal Politician to Receive Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree in Recognition
of his Dedication to Public Service

WASHINGTON - Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), J.D. '52, will deliver the keynote address during the GW Law School Diploma Ceremony at the Charles E. Smith Center at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 18, 2008. The senator also will accept an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in recognition of his decades of service to the nation both on the battlefield and as an elected representative of the citizens of Hawaii.

"Sen. Inouye is not only a distinguished alumnus, but a true American hero," said Frederick M. Lawrence, dean of GW's Law School. "I am pleased he will have the opportunity to share with our students his commitment to public service, which, for over a half a century has been unparalleled."

The third-most senior U.S. Senator, Inouye was the first Japanese-American elected to Congress. He is a highly decorated veteran and served with the famous "Go for Broke" U.S. Army regiment during World War II. As an elected official, Inouye has been an instrumental figure in shaping U.S. defense policy and is a tireless defender of the interests of the Hawaiian people. He currently is chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, part of the Committee on Appropriations, as well as of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In 1962, GW honored Inouye with its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and from 1982 to 1992, Inouye served as a member of the university's Board of Trustees.

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