Casey Shannon named as student speaker for 2019 Law Commencement ceremony

Business/Conference Editor of the UMass Law Review during the 2018-2019 academic year will share her experiences with her peers during graduation

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UMass Law announced that Casey Shannon would give the student address at the UMass Law Commencement Ceremony in the Main Auditorium on Monday, May 13 at 10 a.m.

Shannon, a native of Taunton, Massachusetts, served as the Business/Conference Editor of the UMass Law Review during the 2018-2019 academic year and collaborated with faculty, staff, legal professionals, and state legislators to present the 2019 Law Review Symposium, Navigating a New Reality: A Multi-Platform Look at Media and the Law.

She has been deeply involved in community outreach throughout her life, including her mentoring of the Mock Trial Team at the Wheeler School in Rhode Island, supporting the United Way of New Bedford, and many other local endeavors.

Casey is grateful for the unwavering support, guidance, and love from her parents, Paul and Christine Shannon, and from her “better half”, Kyle, who never once doubted her in the pursuit of her dreams. Her speech is dedicated to the memory of her two brothers, Brian and Danny, who passed away during her tenure at UMass Law, and whose pride and support fueled her drive to achieve her goals.

After sitting for the Massachusetts Bar Exam in July, Casey plans to continue her career at Bristol County Savings Bank where she will focus on enterprise risk management, corporate governance, contracts, real estate, and other legal matters. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Criminology with a minor in Business Administration from Stonehill College.

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Elspeth B. Cypher will address the UMass Law Class of 2019 and receive an honorary Juris Doctorate at the Law Commencement ceremony.

Justice Elspeth B. Cypher, a native of the SouthCoast, was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court by Governor Baker on March 31, 2017. For many years, Justice Cypher was an adjunct professor at UMass Law, where she taught courses on legal writing, criminal procedure, criminal law, and women, law, and the legal system. She has participated in numerous educational programs for judges and lawyers and has written extensively about developments in criminal law in Massachusetts. Active in the Massachusetts Bar Association, Justice Cypher was the recipient of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Lawyer of the Year Award in 2000.