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Concordia Law School Commencement Honors 2019 Graduates

Founding Dean Cathy Silak returns to deliver commencement address

(BOISE, ID) — The Concordia University School of Law honored the accomplishments and dedication of 39 2019 graduates during its commencement ceremony on May 4th in Boise. 

Concordia Law's fifth commencement celebration featured the return of Cathy Silak, a former Idaho State Supreme Court Justice who was named Founding Dean of the Boise-based law school in 2008. Silak delivered the commencement address.

This year’s commencement also capped a period of significant achievement for students and the law school. In March, the American Bar Association granted Concordia Law School full approval as part of its accreditation process. Recently, the ABA confirmed that Concordia Law School had achieved a two-year 100% bar passage rate, meaning every 2016 graduate who took the bar exam passed within two years of graduation, a feat accomplished by just three other law schools nationwide. 

“It’s been a remarkable year for our students, our faculty and law school,” said Dean Elena Langan. “We’re excited that Founding Dean Cathy Silak will have an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and diligence of this class at a time when the law school continues to grow and thrive.”

The 39 students graduating Saturday represent a wide mix of diversity and backgrounds. The 2019 graduates came from 12 different states, 17 are first-generation college graduates and three are veterans. Altogether, the class logged more than 3,540 hours of Pro Bono legal services, with one graduate topping more than 300 hours. 

This year’s student speaker was Vrinda Gandhi, who intends to turn her career path toward immigration law. Gandhi immigrated to the U.S. in 1999 with her parents and says her professional ambitions have been informed by her own experience coming to America and a passion for defending human rights.

“I think my journey allows me to bring experience to the table. I understand the struggle of coming from a low-income family and I understand the struggle of constantly having to renew a visa and fight for residency,” she said.

Professor McKay Cunningham was the faculty speaker.

This year's commencement was held at the J.U.M.P. Pioneer Room in downtown Boise.


Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho, is part of Concordia University, a nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university based in Portland, Ore., with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Founded in 1905, Concordia University-Portland serves approximately 6,000 students on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, School of Management and School of Law. For more about Concordia University, visit Concordia University School of Law and the George R. White Law Library opened with its inaugural class of students in fall of 2012. For more infor