US Senator Scott Brown today took a trip down memory lane, including a mention of his improbable campaign to succeed the late Edward M. Kennedy in the Senate, as he delivered the commencement speech at his legal alma mater, Boston College Law School.
"I'm Scott Brown,'' he said, invoking the slogan that helped propel him into office, according to prepared remarks. "I'm from Wrentham. I still drive a truck.''
Brown is a 1985 graduate of BC Law and was a state senator, a real estate attorney, and a member of the Massachusetts National Guard before he defeated Attorney General Martha Coakley in the special election this year.
"There are few guarantees in life – and even less in the courtroom,'' Brown, a Republican, said. "But I can assure you of this: You will never regret giving your all to a great endeavor or a goal you believe in. ... I probably wouldn't be here to share this bit of advice if I were still the state senator from Wrentham, and remembered only as old what's-his-name who got buried in the special election to succeed the late Senator Ted Kennedy.''
Brown added, "but even if that were the case, I'd still be saying the same thing to you, because it's true in victory and it's true in defeat.''
He also recalled participating in BC Law's "Bar Review'' – which had nothing to do with legal scholarship. "I am talking about the Friday rituals where our classmates would get together to unwind with barbecue and cocktails,'' he said.
Brown offered some career advice and parental suggestions. First, think twice before you pose as a centerfold as Brown did 28 years ago, only to see the images resurface during the campaign.
Also, don't go on stage and declare that your daughters do not have boyfriends, as Brown did on the night of his election victory. "Before you announce to the world that your college-age daughters are available, run it by them first - or you will pay dearly for it,'' he said. "Trust me.''
Brown also urged the new lawyers to use their new profession to improve the lives of others.
"What is forever is the good that every one of us has the power to do --- to make a difference,'' he said. "And you can do just that your career. Whether you go to work at a big firm and make tons of money, or you’re a public defender – I challenge you to make a difference in the lives of others."
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