Wednesday, May 22, 2002
Ninth Circuit Judge O’Scannlain Gets Honorary Notre Dame Degree
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain was among 11 recipients of honorary degrees during the University of Notre Dame’s 157th commencement ceremonies, held last Sunday in South Bend, Ind., the court said yesterday in a release.
The jurist, a 1986 appointee of President Reagan, received an honorary doctor of laws degree. In addition to serving on the bench, O’Scannlain chairs the Judicial Division of the American Bar Association and is a former member of the Information Technology Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.
He is a graduate of St. John’s University and Harvard Law School, and holds a master’s degree in judicial process from the University of Virginia Law School. He is a former deputy attorney general for the state of Oregon and a former chairman of the state Republican Party, and served on several state and federal governmental commissions studying energy policies.
Other recipients of honorary degrees Sunday included Mexican President Vicente Fox; Cardinal Walter Casper, a German theologian; film actor, director and producer Sydney Pollack; and particle physicist Helen R. Quinn.
More than 2,500 students received degrees, including 185 graduates of Notre Dame Law School.
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