One of the memorable aspects of Jeff Gearhart's commencement speech was the advice that you should always "own" whatever you do. Whatever you do, whether large or small, take responsibility for it. Do your best and be proud of what you do.
This year's LL.M. class entered the LL.M. Program with that very spirit. Each class, each new reading, each challenging assignment was truly "owned" by the class. They took responsibility for their learning, and they spurred each other on. With cooperation and a little friendly competition, members of the class took the opportunity to learn agricultural and food law as their task for the year. And, they performed that task with pride. As one of their teachers, I have to thank them for providing me with inspiration and for always keeping me "on my toes!"