U.S. Senator Rick Santorum will speak at the June 6 commencement of The Dickinson School of Law.
Santorum, a member of the law school's Class of 1986, and John A. Maher, a law school professor, former dean and a member of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission, will receive honorary doctor of laws degrees during the 10:30 a.m. commencement. Weather permitting, it will be held outdoors on the Dickinson College campus, adjacent to the law school. In case of inclement weather, commencement will be held in the college's Kline Center. The public may attend.
Santorum earned a bachelor's degree at Penn State in 1980, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981 and J.D. degree from The Dickinson School of Law in 1986. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994 after serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Still the youngest U.S. senator, Santorum recently was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to co-chair a Senate Republican task force on Social Security. Santorum has been an outspoken advocate of welfare and Medicaid and Medicare reform as well as reform of Congress. He is a member of the Senate armed services, agriculture, and rules committees and the Select Committee on Aging.
Maher, who joined the law school faculty in 1973 and served as law school dean from 1989 to 1994, continues to teach but also serves as a commissioner to the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. Last year, he was appointed an honorary lifetime fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London. He is a past chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section and chaired a task force on legal education. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of John Marshall Law School.
He has a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame, two law degrees from New York University and a certificate from the University of Virginia's graduate school of business administration. After serving in a Manhattan law firm, he held positions in major industrial corporations. He currently is chair of a New York City bank.
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