Judge Diane Sykes to keynote at UW Law School Hooding Ceremony

United States Circuit Judge Diane S. Sykes will present the keynote address at University of Wisconsin Law School’s Class of 2017 Hooding Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. May 12 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center Exhibition Hall, One John Nolen Drive.

Appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, Judge Sykes has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit since her 2004 Senate confirmation. Before that, she served as a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice for nearly five years, first appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson to fill a mid-term vacancy, and later retaining the seat in a statewide election.

From 1992 to 1999, Judge Sykes served on the state trial bench in Milwaukee County. She began her legal career at the Milwaukee firm of Whyte & Hirschboeck, and was a law clerk to Federal Judge Terence T. Evans.

Along with Judge Sykes, the graduating class has selected Mike Hall, director of student life, as its faculty speaker. Sophia Ascorbe and Courtney Nussbaumer, J.D. graduates, and Jin Su, a graduate law student, were selected as student speakers for the ceremony.

The hooding celebration is a special recognition for students receiving law degrees. At the ceremony, faculty members place the J.D. doctoral hood over the head of the graduate to signify his or her success in completing their law degree. The hooding event is in addition to, and does not replace, the university-wide commencement.

The Law School will provide a live stream of the ceremony. Check law.wisc.edu the day of the event for details.


Submitted by Tammy Kempfert on April 20, 2017

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