The current president of the Association of American Law Schools will deliver the graduation address at the University of Montana School of Law commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Blake D. Morant, who also serves as the dean of the George Washington University Law School, will deliver his speech, titled “You are the Leaders the World Needs,” to the 82 law school graduates earning juris doctor degrees from UM.

Morant is one of the nation’s best-known and respected legal educators and scholars. He has served in numerous leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association, and he regularly speaks across the country and abroad about legal education, diversity and topics relating to his scholarly interests. He has taught at the law schools at American University, University of Toledo, University of Michigan, University of Alabama and Washington and Lee University. He currently is the Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at GWU.

“As president of the Association of American Law Schools, Dean Blake Morant is at the center of the myriad and complex issues facing schools today,” said Greg Munro, interim dean of the UM law school. “He is an important voice in the legal profession and a great graduation speaker for the UM School of Law.”

The AALS is an association of 176 law schools, including the UM School of Law, that represents more than 10,000 faculty members across the country. Following Morant’s many years of deep involvement at the committee level, the association chose him to serve as president-elect for 2014 and president in 2015.

For more information call Carla Caballero-Jackson, director of external relations for the UM School of Law, at 243-6254 or email carla.caballero-jackson@umontana.edu.

Missoulian Staff

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