Coffin will receive the Founder's Medal, the school's highest award, before making remarks to the approximately 270 graduates attending this year's Law School Commencement Exercises. The event will take place on the field behind Alumni House, following a Mass and luncheon.
Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, and 1967 alumnus Michael E. Mone - a partner at Esdaile, Barrett & Esdaile in Boston and former Massachusetts Bar Association president - also will each receive Founder's Medals for their ongoing commitment to the Law School.
Coffin began his career in the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1965 as a circuit judge and became the chief judge in 1972. He reassumed the circuit judge position in 1983 until he was appointed senior circuit judge in 1989.
Prior to serving on the bench, Coffin was a US representative to the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development from 1964-65. He was also a deputy administrator for the Agency for International Development under President John F. Kennedy and managing director for the Department of the State Development Loan Fund. From 1957-60 he was a US congressman representing the Second District in Maine.
Coffin is author of four books, including Witness for Aid , The Ways of a Judge , A Lexicon of Oral Advocacy and most recently, On Appeal . He is a graduate of Bates College, Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.
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