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Associate Justice Ireland Encourages Students

Posted November 20, 2009

The Color of Law Roundtable Discussion series hosted Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Roderick Ireland on November 16. Ireland discussed his experiences and accomplishments with the campus community. He advised students to always believe in themselves and to stay knowledgeable in a diverse range of topics.


“You have to be open to wherever your path takes you and to do that you have to have as broad a background as you can. I would say to a student, take as many different courses as you can. Learn as much as you can as about as much as you can opposed to just limiting yourself to one particular area,” said Ireland. He continued pointing out that “seldom do people have straight career paths that take them from this point to that point to their ultimate goal. Each stop along the journey adds to the sum total of the person’s life experience and who they are. Have people in your life you can talk to and who have the same interest and goals as you do. Whatever you do, don’t give up on yourself.”

The next speaker in the Color of Law Roundtable Discussion series will be Cynthia Tucker, labor relations specialist at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Tucker's talk will take place January 25 in the Blake Law Center at noon.


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