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Paul Sarbanes, Maryland's Longest Serving U.S. Senator, to Deliver Address at May 19 Hooding Ceremony

Paul Sarbanes, the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Maryland history, will deliver the address at the University of Maryland School of Law's Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at the Lyric Opera House.

Sarbanes, who will not run for re-election this year, has served the people of Maryland with distinction for four decades, first as a member of the House of Delegates, through three terms as a Congressman, and as Senator since 1977. He is Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and is a senior member of the Foreign Relations, Budget, and Joint Economic Committees.

"We strive to teach our students the importance of lifelong public service, regardless of what specific branch of the law they choose to pursue. As they embark upon their careers as lawyers, it is tremendously appropriate that they hear from Senator Sarbanes, a lawyer of enormous gifts who has dedicated his career to serving the public interest with intelligence and integrity," said Karen H. Rothenberg, Dean of the School of Law.

Senator Sarbanes received an academic and athletic scholarship to Princeton University, then was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. After returning to the United States, he attended Harvard Law School, clerked for Federal Judge Morris A. Soper, then went into private practice with two Baltimore City law firms.

In 1966, Senator Sarbanes was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates and, in four years as a State Legislator, served on the Judiciary and the Ways and Means Committees.

In 1970 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, the first of three terms. During his service in the House, in August 1974, Sarbanes was selected by his Democratic colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee to introduce the first Article of Impeachment, for obstruction of justice, against President Richard Nixon.

Senator Sarbanes was elected to the United States Senate in 1976, and re-elected in 1982, 1988, 1994, and 2000. In response to the 2001 failure of Enron Corporation and accounting woes at WorldCom, Senator Sarbanes - in his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee held a series of comprehensive hearings resulting in the passage of a bi-partisan bill designed to reform the accounting industry and restore the investor confidence that had been eroded. "The Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act," now known as the "Sarbanes-Oxley Act," was signed into law on July 30, 2002, and is considered one of the most far-reaching reforms of American business practices since the Great Depression.

Following the Hooding Ceremony, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, will hold its Commencement at 3 p.m. in the 1st Mariner Arena. U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings, a 1976 graduate of the School of Law, will deliver the Commencement Address.


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