May 12, 2006
Congratulations, Class of 2006!
Posted by Gordon Smith

Today was graduation day for the University of Wisconsin Law School. I was honored to be asked by the graduating class to serve as the faculty speaker, but the day belonged to Chris Ochoa. Chris spent 12 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit. He was freed by the Wisconsin Innocence Project, and today, he graduated from law school. Cameras were all over the place, and you can find video here (CBS) and many other places on the internet.

UPDATE: After drafting this brief graduation report at about 10:45 pm, I received an email message from Stewart Macaulay, who made some comments on my talk and wrote, "But, as you can see, I am still thinking about your talk late into the evening."

If you are curious, my talk was very personal, about going to law school after losing a son and about practicing and the challenges of balancing family and professional demands. As I wrote to Stewart in my reply, I was very nervous about my talk because it was so personal. It would have been much easier for me to say something more detached, but I couldn't shake the feeling that I should talk about my experiences.

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