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Student Veterans Present Dean Hasl with U.S. Flag Flown Over Afghanistan

May 3, 2013

In a very moving ceremony, TJSL’s Student Veterans of America chapter presented an American flag to Dean Rudy Hasl – a flag that was carried by a National Guard unit on a mission in Afghanistan in December of 2012.

The flag was presented by SVA president Kasey Paquette (2L), a Navy veteran, along with fellow Navy veterans Eric Schneider (3L) and J.C. Harkins (3L) and USMC veteran Alonso Zavalasoto (2L) in Dean Hasl’s office on April 30.

“We are very grateful for everything you have done for the veterans,” Paquette said to Dean Hasl as the flag was presented.

“The gift of a flag from a mission in Afghanistan presented by the student veterans group is a very thoughtful remembrance of the terrific law students at the School who have served in the military,” said Dean Hasl. “I am pleased that we have been successful in recruiting students with a military background. It is an appropriate commitment by the School that reflects their service to our country. We are proud of what they have done and what they will do with a legal education.”

After the presentation, Dean Hasl chatted informally with the students about his own experiences in Vietnam, where he served with the U.S. Army as a legal officer.

Paquette said that TJSL has done so much for its many veterans and the flag was presented “because we needed to give something back to Dean Hasl.”