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Stanford Law School held its graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 16, at the university's Memorial Auditorium. Among those who participated in the ceremony were 176 candidates for the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD); 20 for the degree of Master of Laws (LLM), with 10 focusing on corporate law and business, and 10 focusing on law, science, and technology; 14 for the degree of the Master of the Science of the Law (JSM); and 7 for the degree of Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD).

Barbara Babcock, the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, was voted by the graduating class to win the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching, once again, making her the first four-time winner. Professor Babcock, the first woman law professor at Stanford Law School, retired in 2004 to become the school's first professor emerita. In her commencement address, she urged the graduates to actively shape their profession in pathbreaking ways.

The ceremony was also marked by another transition: Kathleen M. Sullivan concluded her tenure as dean of the law school to launch a Stanford center for constitutional law.

Finally, the graduating class presented the 2004 Staff Appreciation Award to the janitorial staff of the law school. Evelia Ramirez accepted the award on behalf of all the recipients.