Convocation on Sunday, Aug. 25,
Will Mark New School Year
Posted August 19, 2002
HOLLAND -- Hope College will formally mark the
beginning of its 141st academic year with an opening
convocation on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent
The public is invited, and admission is free.
MacTV will carry the convocation live on local cable.
Residence halls for Hope's new students will open
on Friday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. Orientation events will
begin that evening and will continue through Monday, Aug.
26. Classes will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 8 a.m.
The convocation address on Sunday, Aug. 25, will
be delivered by author and attorney Dean L. Overman, a 1965
Hope graduate now living in Washington, D.C., who will
present "Spera in Deo" (the college's motto, "Hope in God").
Overman is a senior partner at Winston & Strawn,
an 840-attorney national law firm that represents banks and
multi-national corporations. He was partner-in-charge of the
firm's Washington, D.C., office from 1978 to 1986, and
worked with his partner in the firm, former Vice President
Walter Mondale, on a variety of domestic and international
Prior to joining Winston & Strawn, he served in
the Ford White House, first as a White House Fellow for Vice
President Nelson Rockefeller, and then as associate director
for policy review. The White House Fellows program provides
a year-long opportunity to participate in government at the
highest levels; 11-19 men and women each year work full-time
as a special assistant to a cabinet member or senior
presidential advisor. He was previously a partner in the law
firm of D'Ancona, Pflaum, Wyatt & Riskind.
Overman's publications reflect his range of
interests, and include "A Case Against Accident and Self-
Organization," an interdisciplinary book on logic, molecular
biology and particle astrophysics which argues that
scientific reasoning supports belief that intelligence lies
behind creation of the universe. He is author of a book on
effective writing style for business and the profession, and
co-author of a book on financial valuation of an acquisition
He is author of a theological/physics article on
Stephen Hawking's no boundary proposal, published by
"Princeton Theological Review." He is also author or co-
author of chapters in five law books and six law review
articles on banking, commercial, corporate, tax and
securities law, one selected by "Corporate Counsel's Annual"
and "Corporate Practice Commentator" as one of the 10 best
corporate law reviews.
Overman's additional professional activities
include speaking on authentic religious pluralism at the
conference "The World After September 11: The Political,
Economic, Military and Spiritual Challenge," held at Windsor
Castle in England earlier this year. During 1999-2000, he
was a Templeton Scholar at Oxford University. He has also
been a visiting scholar and officer of Harvard University,
an adjunct fellow with the Center for Strategic and
International Studies, and an adjunct professor at the
University of Virginia Law School. He co-authored the plan
that led to creation of the nationwide "Communities in
Schools Inc.," which now serves more than 2,500,000 students
from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
He graduated from Hope with a psychology major,
with additional emphasis in literature and philosophy. He
was class president, co-founded Young Life Leadership at the
college, co-captained the men's varsity basketball team and
was a member of the golf team. He completed his law degree
at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of
California, Berkeley, and also attended Princeton
Theological Seminary and the University of California and
University of Chicago Graduate Schools of Business.