Paula E. Boggs, Washington Sustaining Patron Fellow, served as commencement speaker for the graduation ceremonies of the 2020 and 2021 Southwestern University graduating classes, which took place on May 8, 2021. Ms. Boggs brought to her speech insights from her historic and varied career, which includes experience as an esteemed attorney, Army Airborne veteran, corporate executive, philanthropist, and musician.
Ms. Boggs earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 1984. She was one of the first women to receive a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. She served as an attorney at the Pentagon and in the White House Office of Legal Counsel. She is a Board member of the American Bar Foundation and has served 26 years in the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and on its Board of Governors.
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