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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

MIGUEL POZO RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE
Miguel Alexander Pozo, a partner with Lowenstein Sandler and the president-elect of the National Hispanic Bar Association, received a Doctor of laws, honoris causa, from Bloomfield College on May 23, 2013 during the commencement exercises.

Mr. Pozo very quickly warmed the assembly of graduates, faculty, board members, families and friends. He began his address with a quote from Winton Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” He continued by telling the crowd to stay true to themselves; that their personal history is a source of pride because it is what got them to where they are today.

He compared life to a basketball game with opportunities that are to be taken advantage of, even if they don’t work out “Take the shot,” he said. “You will miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” He charged the assembly to define their own success then become successful, remembering that none of us succeed by accident.

In a surprise twist in his story, he said, “Thank the Mrs. Smith in your lives.” Mrs. Smith, a pseudonym, was a guidance counselor he had who told him that college was not in his future. “She encouraged me to go to a trade school, that I was not college material,” he noted. This statement ignited a spark in him to prove her wrong. “I could have listened to her, or I could define my own success and take the shot,” he said. Today, as a successful attorney and partner, he will be heading the largest organization for Hispanic attorneys nationwide that advocates on behalf of Hispanic attorneys, students and community. “As you chase your dreams, do not forget to help others,” he continued. “When you take the elevator to the top floor, send it back down for the next person.”
 

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