Closing Remarks: Adam Brunk ’13
I came into law school wanting to be a lawyer, thinking that was some sort of singularly defined end point. Rather, law school has shown me that being a lawyer can mean damned near anything, which brings with it both a sense of possibility and a deep dread of the unknown. After three years here, I have no idea what my future will be.
All of which is to say that that doesn't scare me like it used to, and that's because of you. The most important things I'm taking away from law school are my friendships and a shared bond with each of you. I truly believe that who you are and will become is defined most significantly by your relationships with others, and, knowing the group of bright, ambitious, dedicated people sitting in front of me, the one known with which I leave Columbia Law School is that we all have a great start toward becoming the people we aspire to be. That's a privilege and a gift that I implore you not to waste. So please, remember law school not by hours studying or grades earned, but by friends made and minutes between classes spent hanging out in Jerome Greene Hall. Remember law school for its human side. The classmates with whom you graduate today will become your colleagues, spouses, business partners, and leaders, but they are already your friends. Cherish that, and don't let a few blocks, a few billable hours, or even an ocean, make you forget them or the beginnings we have created here together.