On Tuesday June 20th, faculty, staff, board members, parents, friends and family witnessed 88 WIC students receive their high school diplomas. It was a wonderful evening of celebration. Keynote speaker and alumnus Mark Fleming encouraged the graduating class and reminded them that WIC has prepared them very well for jobs that do not exist and to prepare for the unimaginable.
Mr. Fleming graduated from WIC in 1988, after serving as Head Boy and winning the Governor General’s medal. In 1990, he earned his D.E.C. in Pure and Applied Sciences at John Abbott College, where he was valedictorian. He then attended the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English and German.
He attended Harvard Law School, and graduated magna cum laude in 1997. After law school, he served as a law clerk to a judge on the United States Court of Appeals in Boston, and also for the Honourable Jack Major of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. After two years in private law practice, he then served as a law clerk to the Honorable David Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington D.C. He is the only person to have clerked for both the Supreme Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Between 2003 and 2004, Mr. Fleming was an associate legal officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. After that, he returned to Boston, where he joined the law firm of WilmerHale, where he is Vice Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court litigation practice. He has argued 5 cases in the Supreme Court of the United States, and many others in lower courts. Mark’s practice also involves significant work for clients who cannot afford legal counsel. He was involved in landmark cases involving immigration, the rights of Guantanamo prisoners, and the constitutional right to same-sex marriage.