U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions to Deliver Faulkner Law’s 2015 Commencement Address

Sen. Jeff SessionsFaulkner University’s Jones School of Law is pleased to announce that United States Senator Jeff Sessions will deliver its 2015 commencement address. Commencement ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre.

Senator Sessions is an Alabama native with a long record of service to the law and the legal profession. After earning his law degree in 1973, Senator Sessions began his legal career as a practicing attorney in Russellville, Alabama. During the early years of his law practice, from 1973 to 1986, he served in the United States Army Reserve, earning the rank of Captain.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Senator Sessions to serve as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. After twelve years of service as U.S. Attorney, Senator Sessions was elected the Attorney General of Alabama. He served as Alabama’s chief legal officer until 1997 when he entered the United States Senate.

As a member of the Senate, Sessions has focused his energies on maintaining a strong military, upholding the rule of law, limiting the role of government, protecting the environment, securing greater energy independence, and providing tax relief necessary to stimulate economic growth. Senator Sessions has served for many years on the Senate Judiciary Committee where he has continued his service to the rule of law.

During his time of service in the United States Senate, Sessions has received numerous awards including: the Reserve Officers Association Minuteman of the Year Award, the National Taxpayers Union Friend of the Taxpayer Award, the Watchdogs of the Treasury Golden Bulldog Award, the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian of Small Business Award, the Coalition of Republican Environment Advocates Teddy Roosevelt Environmental Award, and the Alabama Farmers Federation Service to Agriculture Award.

Senator Sessions and his wife Mary Blackshear Sessions (also a native of Alabama) are members of the Ashland Place United Methodist Church in Mobile. He serves as a lay leader and Sunday school teacher there. The Sessions have three children and nine grandchildren.

It is the tradition of Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law to invite a leader in the legal profession to welcome its graduates into service. It is difficult to imagine anyone more qualified for this role than Senator Sessions.

Joining Senator Sessions on the platform will be President Billy D. Hilyer. President Hilyer is retiring on May 31 after serving as Faulkner University’s President for the past 29 years. President Hilyer will deliver a farewell address to students on behalf of the faculty and administration of the school.

For more information please contact Rachel Miller, Assistant Director of External Relations, Faulkner Law at rmiller@faulkner.edu or 334-386-7549.


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