University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

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9 SUMMER 2018 CHALLENGE ACCEPTED: DENHOLLANDER URGES 2018 BRANDEIS SCHOOL OF LAW GRADUATES TO USE POWER FOR GOOD When Rachael Denhollander, attor- ney and former gymnast, was in law school she received a three-part chal- lenge from her professors: do justice, love mercy and walk humbly. As the commencement speaker for the 2018 Brandeis School of Law May 12 cere- mony at the W.L. Lyons Brown Theater, she passed this challenge down to UofL's 99 graduates. "Your legal training gives you incred- ible privilege and it gives you incredible power," Denhollander said. "Power that you will wield either for self-interest and personal gain or privilege that you will use to better your community and to better those around you." In 2016, Denhollander gained national prom- inence as the first woman to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, Michigan State University sports physician, of sexual abuse, and she is widely credited for leading scores of others to speak out as well. Hollander is a 2009 graduate of the Oak Brook College of Law and is admitted to practice in California. Time Magazine recently named Denhollander as one of 2018's most influential people. "An attorney who had very little interest in justice, who had no compassion or mercy on the survivors and who was more interested in self gain than humble service nearly let one of the worst pedophiles in recorded history walk away," said Denhollander as she reflected on her experience with the case. "And an attorney who did justice for all of us, who had compassion and mercy and who used her privilege humbly for service instead of self-promotion took down one of the worst pedophiles in US history." Much like her own graduation speaker, Denhollander left the Brandeis graduates with their own task. "My challenge to you as you exit these doors and rightly rejoice in the incredible accomplish- ments that you have made is to never forget the passion and the interest that brought you here and to never forget those around you who are in need of what you now have." Denhollander

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