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Hilo-born congressman to deliver keynote address at fall commencement

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Date: Monday, December 8, 2003
Contact: Jacquelyn Pualani Johnson, (808) 974-7304

For Immediate Release

Hawai`i Congressman Ed Case will be the keynote speaker at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Fall Commencement ceremony, to be held on Saturday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. in the UH Hilo New Gym.

A total of 212 students representing the College of Arts and Sciences (189), College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (15), and Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language (8) are candidates for degrees or certificates.

Case, born and raised in Hilo, attended Waiakea-Kai and Keaukaha Elementary Schools in Hilo and graduated from Hawai`i Preparatory Academy in Waimea in 1970. He earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1975.

Following graduation, Case went to Washington D.C. where he spent the next three years (1975-1978) working for Hawai`i Congressman and U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga. Case later attended law school and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California/Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1981.

He worked for nearly 20 years as an associate, partner, and managing partner with the Honolulu law firm of Carlsmith Ball. He also served as a law clerk for State Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, and with Hawai`i

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