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Federal Judge Dee Drell to be Commencement Speaker

Released: 05/05/2011

Federal judge Dee D. Drell will be commencement speaker at the LSU Alexandria spring graduation ceremony May 19 at 10 a.m. in the Alexandria Riverfront Center, announced Dr. David Manuel, chancellor.

Drell has been a U.S. district judge for the Western District of Louisiana since 2003 when he was appointed by President George W. Bush. Drell had practiced law in Alexandria since 1975 before his selection to the bench. He was a judge advocate and chief of military justice in the U.S. Army at Fort Benning, Ga., prior to moving to Alexandria.

“Judge Drell is an outstanding role model for our graduates as they begin this exciting new phase of their lives,” said Manuel. “He has been a most noteworthy public servant, and his years on the federal bench have been marked by prudent, thoughtful and reasoned decisions.”

Drell, who holds undergraduate and law degrees from Tulane University, has been heavily involved in the governance of federal courts, the Louisiana State Bar and Louisiana Bar Foundation. His community participation includes Shepherd Ministries, The Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, YMCA and Kiwanis International.

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