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December 6, 2013

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MSU General Counsel to Address Law Graduates at Fall Commencement

Robert Noto, vice president for Legal Affairs and general counsel at Michigan State University, will present the Michigan State University College of Law fall commencement address on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Noto will speak to Law College graduates and their guests at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium in East Lansing at 3 p.m.

Noto has served in his role at Michigan State University since April 1995. He leads the Office of the General Counsel, which handles or supervises all legal work for the University. Noto also has chaired the principal legal officers group of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation—which consists of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago—since 2009. He is the longest-serving vice president at MSU, as well as the longest-serving principal legal officer in the CIC. Noto is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. 

MSU Law Dean Joan W. Howarth will preside over the Law College's commencement exercises, conferring law degrees on 45 fall graduates—seven will be awarded the degree of Master of Laws degree, one will receive the degree of Master of Jurisprudence, and 18 will receive their Juris Doctor degree.

The faculty speaker for commencement will be MSU Law Professor Michael A. Lawrence. Professor Lawrence teaches courses on Constitutional Law and International Law. He served as associate dean for Graduate and International Programs from 2009-2013; and he was associate dean for Academic Affairs from 2001-2003.

Graduating student Jacqueline E. McIntosh was selected to be the student speaker for commencement.

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