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    Duquesne SBA Selects Maryland Law Dean as 2013 Graduation Speaker

    Members of the Student Bar Association (SBA) at Duquesne University's School of Law have selected Phoebe A. Haddon as its 2013 Commencement speaker.

    Each year, the SBA considers potential speakers for the law school's annual graduation. Haddon is dean and professor of law at the Francis King Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland.

    "We are thrilled that Dean Haddon-the SBA's first choice-has accepted our invitation and will be returning to her alma mater to make this June's graduation ceremony particularly memorable," said Law School Dean Ken Gormley.

    The School of Law's Commencement is slated for Sunday, June 2, 2013.

    Haddon, a 1977 graduate of the School of Law, is a national leader in legal education and is an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity. A fourth-generation lawyer, she is an accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, and is the co-author of two casebooks on those topics. In addition, Haddon has published articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom and diversity.

    Under Haddon's leadership, the Francis King Carey School of Law has risen six spots in national rankings. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Haddon taught at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is a board member of The Constitution Project as well as the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, and in 2011 received the Great Teacher Award from the Society of American Law Teachers.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.