Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to be Michigan Law School Senior Day Speaker
By Catherine Behan
Director of Communications
April 9, 2013
Michigan Law alumnus Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, is set to deliver this spring's commencement address at Law School Senior Day ceremonies May 12.
Salazar, a 1981 graduate of the Law School, will speak to graduates during ceremonies that begin at 2 p.m. at Hill Auditorium.
Serving as Secretary of the Interior is just the most recent of Salazar’s accomplishments. After earning his juris doctor from Michigan Law in 1981, Salazar worked in private practice in Denver. In 1986, Salazar served as chief legal counsel to then-Gov. Roy Romer, who appointed him in 1990 as Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. In 1998, he was elected Attorney General for Colorado. In 2004, he was elected United States Senator for Colorado, serving from 2005-2009.
Salazar assumed office as the 50th U.S. Secretary of the Interior Jan. 20, 2009. He announced in January of this year that he would be leaving to return to Colorado.
"With his deep experience as a public servant, Secretary Salazar is sure to provide an inspirational commencement address for graduates who are curious about where their new Michigan Law degrees can take them," said Law School Dean Evan Caminker. "As a core member of President Obama’s team, Salazar has helped lead, define and secure impressive public policy goals, including increasing oversight of oil and natural gas production, renewing the Department’s commitment to conservation, spearheading the development of renewable energy, and restoring trust with Native American communities.
"From practicing law to representing the citizens of Colorado, first as Attorney General and then as Senator, to protecting public lands, the Secretary demonstrates that a Michigan Law degree offers a wide array of opportunities to graduates."
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