UW School of Law Commencement, June 6, 2021, 7 p.m.

2021 Commencement

Graduates and guests, welcome to the University of Washington School of Law’s commencement ceremony honoring the graduating Class of 2021. This year’s broadcast brings together Law Dawgs from around the world to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. Thank you for joining us.

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Order of the Ceremony

  1. Dean’s Address
    Mario L. Barnes, Toni Rembe Dean
  2. Keynote Address
    Bob Ferguson, 18th Attorney General of Washington
  3. Alumni Address
    Karen Lee, Ceo of Pioneer Human Services
  4. Faculty Address
    Jeff Feldman, Professor From Practice
  5. Juris Doctor Student Remarks
    Monica Romero, Juris Doctor Candidate
  6. Graduate Student Remarks
    Danijela Krecar, Master of Laws Candidate
  7. Student Awards
    Mario L. Barnes, Toni Rembe Dean
  8. Doctor of Philosophy Degrees
  9. Juris Doctor Degrees
  10. Master of Laws Degrees
  11. Master of Jurisprudence Degrees
  12. Closing Remarks
    Mario L. Barnes, Toni Rembe Dean

Commencement Program

Download the PDF of the program


Class of 2021

Students who received degrees in Summer 2020, Autumn 2020, Winter 2021 and the candidates of Spring 2021 are named in this year’s commencement program.

Doctor of Philosophy

Autumn 2020 Degree Recipient

  • Fabio Ambrosio

Summer 2021 Degree Candidate

  • Haily Perkins

Juris Doctor

Autumn 2020 Degree Recipients

  • Malena Boome
  • Dawn Marie Carmelita Escarcega
  • Gabi Margaret Gutierrez
  • Makenna Kathryn Hoffard
  • Shafina Karim Khaki
  • Yijun Liu
  • Toni E. Nickel
  • Elizabeth R. Runtz
  • Madeleine Spencer
  • Marissa Wolfson

Winter 2021 Degree Recipients

  • Abigail B. Aldridge
  • Michael Anthony Angiulo
  • Cheri Barrett Perry
  • Lucas Barringer
  • Charles Berry
  • Shiyun Chen
  • Ryan Giannini
  • Jasjit Kaur Grewal
  • Katie Haas
  • Dylan Harlow
  • Chelsea Holub
  • Adam Iyob
  • Jeremy Thomas Knight
  • Anh Quynh La
  • Oliana M. Luke
  • Brent Daniel Rothman
  • Adrianna M. Simonelli
  • Ashley Elizabeth Stoll
  • Furhad Sultani
  • Stephanie A. Verdoia
  • Tierney Vial
  • Xiaoxue Wu
  • Connor Yi
  • Lisa M. Zelasko

Spring 2021 Degree Candidates

  • Temitope A. Alagbala
  • Rachel Anderle
  • Heidi Arete
  • Leyla Baggson
  • Alexandra Edith Bartos-O’Neill
  • Adrian Bateman
  • Angellena Berberich-Eerebo
  • John Boone
  • Justin Kyle Brascher
  • Rhena Katherine Brinkmann
  • Kolby Cameron
  • Dayton Campbell-Harris
  • Benjamin Daniel Canade
  • Britt Arram Carlson
  • Jeef Chandra
  • Yining Chen
  • Sarah Lynne Chicoine
  • Timothy L. Chien
  • Nathanial Close
  • Sam Maxwell Cohn
  • Danielle Coony
  • Jackie Cross
  • Emina Dacic
  • Paul Dodson
  • Emily Grace Donohue
  • Grace Egger
  • Emily Erickson
  • Garrett Evans
  • Taylor P. Fairchild
  • Brandon Fawbush
  • Hailey S. Ferguson
  • Julia Fleming
  • Deepak George
  • Molly Joanne Gibbons
  • Katherine Gillum
  • Devin Kasota Glaser
  • Raquel Glassner
  • Rachel Gluckman
  • Jessika Gonzalez
  • Jason Grube
  • Rebecca Leigh Gula
  • Scott Gutierrez
  • Olivia Michele Hagel
  • Simrit Kaur Hans
  • Meredith Ann Harris
  • Stephen Hatton
  • Emma Anne Healey
  • Christopher J. Hightower
  • Anne Frances Holden
  • Erica R. Holman
  • Samantha Hunt
  • Sean D. Hyde
  • Shweta Jayawardhan
  • Sophie C. Jin
  • Emily T. Kawahigashi
  • AJ Kidd
  • Dailey C. Koga
  • Sarah Kohan
  • Emily Jean Krueger
  • Christopher Lee
  • Theodore Lee
  • Steven J. Lester
  • Benjamin T. Liu
  • Jessica Looker
  • Beatrice Ora Lucas
  • Robin S. Lustig
  • Paula Nguyen Luu
  • Eleanor Rose Lyon
  • Matthew Maki
  • Nikolas J. Matiatos
  • Conor Foley McCauley
  • Anthony James McCluskey
  • Kate Marina McCracken
  • Jared G. McEntire
  • Kenneth McNeill
  • Katrina Pauline Mendoza
  • Devon Siokahn Mercer
  • Daniel Joseph Miller
  • Kaitlin Miller
  • Robert Morgan
  • Kyle Mcallister Murphy
  • Riley J. Neff Warner
  • Alex Nelson
  • Selena S. Ng
  • Grace Khả Aí Nguyễn
  • Eden B. Nordby
  • Ashleen xO'Brien
  • Jeremy Olson
  • Olivia Ortiz
  • Willa Osborn
  • Rebecca Paley-Williams
  • Hannah Parman
  • Andrew Clark Paroff
  • Sarah Catherine Patsiga
  • Levi Pauley
  • Samantha Kate Pelto
  • Sean Mcgowan Peterson
  • Dean L. Petitta
  • Daniel Reidy
  • Zachary Joseph Rentschler
  • Morgan Robertson
  • Katlyn Robinson
  • Monica Romero Romero
  • Joshua Rosenberg
  • Rebekah E. Ross
  • Arielle Roter
  • Mary Anastasia Ruffin
  • Amani Samad
  • Corinne Sebren
  • Jennifer J. Seely
  • Ramsha Shakir
  • Malak M. Shalabi
  • Rachel Sinsheimer
  • Alisa Mae Smith
  • Hillary S. Smith
  • Jacob M. Spalding
  • Eleana Victoria Stevens
  • Mackenzie Stewart
  • Josephine Rose Kelleher Strauss
  • Campbell M. Stuart
  • Kai Ashby Subic-Skattum
  • Paige Butler Suelzle
  • Rolf Toren
  • Derek Wie Gaw Tsang
  • Jesmeen Virk
  • Anthony Nguyen Vo
  • Ian Ezra Walsh
  • Katherine Shen-Tsung Wan
  • Shenger Wang
  • Nicolas E. Wedekind
  • Logan Westerman
  • Michael White
  • Emily Ann Williams
  • Levi Richard Williams
  • Tim Wolfe
  • Tanner Yamada

Master of Laws

Autumn 2020 Degree Recipients

General Law
  • Marilia Dippe
Global Business Law
  • Wenyi Yin
Health Law
  • Kristin A. Babik
Intellectual Property Law & Policy
  • Kohji Yasuda
  • Josephine Au Yeung

Winter 2021 Degree Recipients

HEALTH LAW
  • Cristina Siserman-Gray
Sustainable International Development Law
  • Kirsten L. Gregory
  • Alexander M. Hilborn
Taxation
  • Patience M. Veloza

Spring 2021 Degree Candidates

General Law
  • Prachi Agrawal
  • Ismail Baker
  • Poonam A. Bora
  • Kip M. Hustace
  • Sunita K. Khunga
  • Danijela Krecar
  • Corina Kwok De Los Santos
  • Irina Rusanova
  • Zunaira Tariq
  • Yan Xu
  • Juan Yang
Global Business Law
  • Natalie K. Antturi
  • Jing A. Kang
  • Zsuzsanna Klara
Intellectual Property Law & Policy
  • Xiaoman Bian
  • Byron D. Greene
  • David M. Kang
  • Andrea K. Louie
Sustainable International Development Law
  • Rhoda J. Adeke
  • Maria F. Chacon
  • Shafina Karim Khaki
  • Novita Liangga Kumala
  • Johanna Mora Hernandez
  • Toni E. Nickel
  • Nichole M. Pace
  • Hannah S. Ravani
  • Manveer K. Sandhu
Taxation
  • Joseph W. Banks
  • Angela R. Boice
  • Katherine E. Brennan
  • Chase Warren Calvin
  • Brandon M. Fawbush
  • Daniel J. French
  • Benjamin I. Goodey
  • Rebecca Klevak
  • Grady Leask
  • Benjamin S. MacPherson
  • Jack D. McClelland
  • Shad O. McOmber
  • Tom Mozingo
  • Sarah C. Patsiga
  • Darcy L. Roennfeldt
  • Orit Rubin Mendelson
  • Aishwarya Singh
  • Ellen Tung
  • Logan M. Westerman

Summer 2021 Degree Candidates

General Law
  • James B. Williams
  • Samuel K. Worku
Sustainable International Development Law
  • Molly E. Spector
Taxation
  • Colleen M. LaMotte

Autumn 2021 Degree Candidates

Asian & Comparative Law
  • Fang-Chen Yu
General Law
  • Laya Madhavan
  • Rosemeri Reinehr
  • Ling Zhuang
Global Business Law
  • Toshiaki Satake
Health Law
  • Shivam Gomber
  • Osevwe Enoh Sampson
Intellectual Property Law & Policy
  • Chenhui Jiang
  • Shuyi Li
  • Ammara Phongsraphang
Sustainable International Development Law
  • Michelle M. Aeschlimann
  • Cheri Barrett Perry
  • Lu Li
  • Mian Harris Yaseen
  • TAXATION
  • Jackie Cross
  • Aneta Stefaniak
  • Osama Ali Alsalamah

Master of Jurisprudence

Winter 2021 Degree Recipients

  • Sara Friesen
  • Jianing Geng
  • Amy Jankowiak
  • Adja Phipps
  • Talea L. Scott
  • Evan M. Walker

Spring 2021 Degree Candidates

  • Xinyue Ba
  • Sara Bak
  • Ric R. Berkholtz
  • Jacqueline Camacho
  • Xinyi Chu
  • Christina K. Friedt Peters
  • Patricia A. Hayes
  • Melissa C. Irish
  • Sarah J. Karp
  • Josephine Seami Lee
  • Qianhe Luo
  • Timothy R. O’Brien
  • Nadene A. Paltep
  • Katherine L. Parsons
  • Chelsea M. Rivas
  • Mick R. Stanovsek
  • Prema Vijayakrishnan
  • Becki Waskey
  • Ming Xi Zhuang

Summer 2021 Degree Candidates

  • Richard A. Herrera
  • Nidhi V. Kumar
  • Rachael R. J Last
  • Daniel Lopez
  • Alexander J. Lopez
  • Emery D. Morrow
  • Suk In Shim
  • Yijin Wang

Autumn 2021 Degree Candidates

  • Cheryl A. Brady
  • Jennifer M. Fenswick
  • Isabela Rose Jane B. Junio
  • Chen Shen

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

The UW Law faculty and staff want to take this opportunity to tell you we are proud of you and wish you well as you prepare to enter the next phase of your career.

  • Despite everything you persevered and did it! You have the strength, courage, resilience and brilliance to realize your goals. Global pandemics and other curveballs may come but you have accomplished so much and will continue to do so. Rooting for you and all the important work you will accomplish!

    Mary D. Fan Professor
  • We are so proud of you all. Congratulations and stay healthy and strong out there!

    Ben Gonio Admissions Representative
  • It's been an epic journey, from contracts to COVID to commencement to careers. I'll miss all of my 1L's and will take vicarious joy in your future successes. Stay positive in the face of stress. Sincere congratulations on a major life accomplishment you can be proud of forever!

    Steve Calandrillo Professor
  • Congratulations, everyone! You hung in there through the craziest end to a law school career imaginable and I know you'll be better for it. Way to go!

    John Blomster Communications Manager, University of Washington School of Law Marketing and Communications
  • Sending my heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2021. You have been an extraordinary group of students — our "COVID Class." Your intelligence, hard work, patience, diligence, tenacity, dedication, creativity and good humor all were amazing to observe these last three years. Best wishes to you and your families for a joyful commencement and for a successful launch to what I know will be amazing careers.

    Jeff Feldman Professor
  • Congratulations on your graduation! Although we cannot celebrate your achievement in person, know that we are cheering you on as you join the legal profession and we look forward to all that you will accomplish in the years to come.

    Jennifer Fan Assistant Professor of Law & Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
  • Congratulations to the class of 2021! To graduating former Tribal Clinic students, a particular note of appreciation and awe with how each of you shifted to online video advocacy with confidence and commitment! We made great progress despite the trying times! You are each destined for greatness!

    Brenda Williams Teaching Professor
  • Congratulations on making it through law school during one of the toughest times in history. We are so proud of all you have accomplished, Class of 2021! We wish you all the best in your career and aspirations. You DID it!

    Zahr Said Professor
  • Congratulations on getting to the end of this incredible journey! I am so proud of you all! Good luck in your future endeavors, I am confident you are ready for them.

    Pontus Niklasson Registrar
  • You did it! You have leapt a huge hurdle and are on your way down the track toward a meaningful and rewarding career with the potential to contribute toward justice. It has been an honor to have walked part of the journey with you. Stay in touch & keep learning.

    Jessica West Assistant Dean of Academic Success Programs
  • Life’s great challenges often arise in unexpected forms. Certainly no one anticipated the combination of hurdles that emerged in recent years. But now we all know how each of you responded when the challenges came. You rose above them; you graduated from law school. It’s just impressive. It’s inspiring. Congratulations.

    Lisa Manheim Charles I. Stone Associate Professor of Law
  • Congratulations graduates! You made it through an always-difficult 1L, a tumultuous 2L and a tumultuous + remote 3L. After all that, practice will seem easy. Great job!

    David Ziff Associate Teaching Professor
  • Many congratulations to completing your degree in a year like no other! Your hard work and perseverance will serve your well into your future legal careers.

    Terry Price Grad Programs Executive Director
  • Congratulations Class of 2021. Your legal careers will be interesting, exciting and best of all an opportunity to help individuals and communities. You will have exciting days and difficult ones but never a boring day. Best wishes.

    William Covington Director, Technology Law and Public Policy Clinic
  • Congratulations, Class of 2021! Best of luck!

    Elana Matt Assistant Dean, Student & Career Services
  • Class of 2021,In a year like no other, you persevered! You were flexible, you were compassionate, you showed grit & determination — in short, I could not be more proud of you!

    Shannon Weeks McCormack Garvey Schubert & Barer Professor of Law
  • Congratulations to all of you! I wish you all the best as you start practicing law.

    Ben Halasz Professor
  • J.D. and Grad Students,Even in the toughest of times, your community spirit still showed through. I am so honored to have worked with many of you and your achievements are what makes teaching at UW Law such a joy. Congratulations!

    Anita Ramasastry Henry M. Jackson Professor of LSW and Director, Sustainable Intl Development Grad Program
  • You are an extraordinary group — smart, interesting and resourceful. Your collective commitment to using the law to build a better world has been so inspiring to me. In your own way, each of you will make this happen in your careers. Working with you has blessed my life, bringing the hope of positive change. Thank you. Wishing all of you every good thing in the years ahead.

    William S. Bailey Professor from Practice
  • Congratulations Class of 2021! You made it through law school during the most difficult of times. That resilience will serve you well as you enter the practice of law. Celebrate all you have accomplished and thanks for giving me so much hope in the future!

    Kim Ambrose Teaching Professor, Director Race and Justice Clinic
  • Congratulations, Class of 2021! You have worked hard, persevered through immense challenges and all the while served as leaders, mentors, colleagues and friends to members this UW Law community. I’m grateful to each of you for all you have contributed in your time here. Thank you!

    Sandra Morriss Career Coach
  • You made it! As a class, you have demonstrated amazing resilience, camaraderie and dedication. Whatever comes at you next, don't forget how strong you really are.

    Jonathan Franklin Associate Dean for Library and Information Systems
  • Congratulations Class of 2021! Congratulations on all that you have achieved at UW Law. Your class is bright, curious and resilient. You have been tested by the pandemic and are ready for new challenges. I celebrate your success and wish you all the best.

    Mary Hotchkiss Professor
  • Congratulations, J.D.s! Good luck on the bar (or whatever else you do next)!

    Mary Whisner Public Services Librarian
  • Congratulations, M.J. grads! You've put in lots of good work learning about the law! Good luck wherever your path leads from here!

    Mary Whisner Public Services Librarian
  • Congratulations, LL.M. grads! Each of you has studied hard in your different programs. Best wishes to you as you take the next steps on your paths, whether those paths are in the US or elsewhere!

    Mary Whisner Public Services Librarian
  • Congratulations, Ph.D. candidates! What an amazing accomplishment!

    Mary Whisner Public Services Librarian
  • Dear graduates,As we mark this momentous occasion, I admire you for your resilience, passion and all the hard work you put in to get to this day. I am so proud of you and feel privileged to be part of your journey at UW Law.Congratulations on your graduation!

    Dana Raigrodski Professor
  • Congratulations to the amazing, brilliant, resilient class of 2021! I wish we could give you a well-deserved standing ovation. A special shout out to the SID graduates, who came together from across the globe with a common kindness and dedication — I wish you hope and courage as you work to help the world heal.

    Jennifer Lenga-Long Associate Director, Sustainable International Development Graduate Program & Affiliate Instructor


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