February 17, 2007
Governor Kaine and his wife Anne Holton used their years of experience as public service lawyers to shed some light on what UVa law students have to look forward to after graduation.
Kaine is Governor of Virginia, former Lieutenant Governor, former Richmond City Mayor and City Councilor, a practicing lawyer for 17 years and a Harvard law grad. It's safe to say, he has enough experience to give advice on past and present issues in the legal field.
“It’s really fun to come here with my wife and talk to students who are interested in using their law careers to serve others,” said Kaine.
In his years of serving the people, Kaine said he's learned a lot. He shared only his most important advice with students. He told them take chances in their careers, don't expect a lot of money, and find a community they want to serve. However, he added one of the biggest needs facing society is racial reconciliation.
“I love the fact that we call ourselves a commonwealth, because that word means that we're all in this together and we have to act that way,” Kaine said. “As governor, I feel like it’s really important that we send the signal that everybody's welcome.”
Kaine said he feels everyone can do better reconciling, including those in Virginia’s General Assembly. This year a bill proposed created a debate among legislatures, about whether or not Virginia should officially apologize for slavery.
“I can't believe it was that hard really, but it was very hard for some legislatures to do that,” said Kaine. “The fact that it was hard to do for some in the legislature tells me there is still a need for people who can work to build bridges.”
At last year's conference, UVa law school graduate, Senator Ted Kennedy delivered the address.