Saturday, May 16, 2015
3:00 p.m. | Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center
Tickets are not required and seating is first-come, first served, starting at 2:30 p.m.
Law degree candidates will gather at 2:15 pm at the Law School to line up and take a class picture in full regalia. After the class picture is taken, college staff will hand out a name card to each graduate. Candidates and faculty will proceed from there to the Kibbie Dome.
Immediately following the ceremony the College of Law will host a Celebratory Reception for law graduates, their guests, faculty, and staff. Light refreshments and photo opportunities will be available.
Honorable Lawrence G. Wasden
The Honorable Lawrence G. Wasden, ’85, is Idaho’s 32nd and longest serving attorney general in the state’s history. First elected to the position in 2002, he was elected to his fourth term in 2014.
As Attorney General Mr. Wasden has framed his leadership of the office around two fundamental principles: The Rule of Law and calling legal “balls and strikes” fair and square. He has dedicated most of his professional career to public service and has been recognized by many organizations for his leadership in the legal profession, public health, protecting children of all ages, prosecuting public corruption cases and promoting open and transparent government.
Mr. Wasden served for more than a decade on the Board of Directors of the American Legacy Foundation, the nonprofit created in the wake of the national tobacco settlement to educate youth and adults on the risks and dangers of smoking. He stepped down as Board Chairman in 2014. Recognizing Mr. Wasden’s service, last summer the Foundation donated $350,000 to the University of Idaho College of Law to create the Lawrence G. Wasden Scholars Program.
Mr. Wasden is currently the chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General, a past President of the National Association of Attorneys General, and a founding member, and past chairman, of the Government and Public Lawyers Section of the Idaho State Bar. He also serves on the University of Idaho College of Law Advisory Board.
Lawrence and Tracey Wasden were married in 1980 and live in Nampa, Idaho. They are proud parents of four children and eight grandchildren.
Awards & Achievements
Faculty Award of Legal Merit Recipient – Honorable Lawrence G. Wasden
Sheldon Vincenti Award for Exemplary Service – Karen Gowland
Karen Gowland, '81, '84, holds degrees in accounting and law from the University of Idaho. She has spent her law career working in Idaho’s forest products industry and is currently the senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Boise, Inc.
Gowland chairs the Professional Conduct Board for the Idaho State Bar Association and is a past chair of the Law Advisory Council for the University of Idaho College of Law. She has organized meetings for women in her company to share ideas and work together, and was honored as a Woman of Today and Tomorrow by the Silver Sage Girl Scout Council.