Summer 1999 Emory Magazine

Commencement 1999

"May we here today be exhilarated"

Five Receive Honorary Degrees
154th Commencement Facts

Student Awards
Brittain Award: Cameron N. Welborn '99L
McMullan Award: Brant D. Brown '99C

Ones to Watch
Brian M. Oubre'99C
Katrina R. Samuels '99C
Stephanie M. Denton '99C

Kenya K. Hansford '99B
Jason R. Howard '99B

Oxford College Commencement
Millennial musings
"You have given us yourself"

Marion Luther Brittain Service Award:

Cameron N. Welborn '99L

Emphasis in law school: Criminal litigation
Post-graduation plan: Join the San Diego County District Attorney's Office in the Superior Court Major Felonies Division
Career and life plan: Advocate for women's and children's issues by shaping public policy through education and grass roots efforts; have a family
Motto: "Status quo is never good enough."

Cameron Welborn doesn't remember her encounter with what she and University officials believe to be date rape drugs on the night of Halloween 1997, but she can recount every step of a two-year fight to rewrite Georgia's rape law, making it easier to prosecute those accused of using sedatives such as Gamma Hydroxybutyrate or Rohypnol to rape a victim.

The 1999 recipient of the Marion Luther Brittain Service Award was not raped on that fateful evening--thanks to the aid of several friends who helped her after she collapsed and became ill and unconscious--but she did find her voice.

After the incident, Welborn worked tirelessly to educate the Emory community about rape and drug rape as well as rape law reform. She was named an Unsung Heroine by the Emory Women's Center, and People magazine featured her in its May 3, 1999, edition. The University anticipates that the seven-page revised rape law bill, in which drafters Welborn, Rachel Brod '99MBA-'99L, and Jill Uiberall '02L elaborate on the current definitions of force and consent, will become Georgia law before the end of the 2000 legislative session.

In nominating Welborn for the award, law school Dean Howard O. Hunter said, "She has chosen to devote her professional life to public service, despite opportunities for much more lucrative positions. She has become the epitome of what we hope all Emory law students will become—a highly qualified servant leader in the finest tradition of this University."

"Quite frankly I feel awkward receiving so much praise about the work I’ve done," Welborn says. "I may have come up with the ideas and done much of the organization, but I did not stand alone in my endeavors—not once. We were all there for each other, and I like to think of this award as one representing the praise that is to be sung for all of the women and men who were not afraid to rock the boat and push Georgia to address the issue of rape."


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