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Georgia State University College of Law has announced that Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, an alumna, will be its commencement speaker in May.

Coffman, who earned her J.D. in 1991 from GSU Law, has spent almost 20 years in Colorado government after starting her legal career at the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. A Republican, she is running for governor of Colorado.

The Colorado attorney general said in a statement that her GSU Law education “provided me with a launching pad that took my legal career further than I ever imagined when I crossed the stage at my own graduation.”

“My time at Georgia State instilled in me the value of service, and I hope to share with the graduates how service not only shapes strong lawyers, it forms active and engaged community members who can make a lasting impact,” she added.

In the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, Coffman defended the departments of Juvenile Justice and Public Health in litigation, then became a lawyer for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. After the pipe bomb explosion in Centennial Olympic Park, she acted as the group’s liaison with victims and their families.

Coffman moved to Denver and joined the Colorado General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Counsel in 1997. After a brief stint in private practice, she became legal and regulatory director for the state’s Department of Public Health and Environment, then deputy executive director. Then-Gov. Bill Owens made her his chief counsel in 2004, and the following year then-Attorney General John Suthers appointed her chief deputy attorney general.

Coffman threw her hat in the ring to succeed him and was elected attorney general in 2014.

GSU Law’s commencement ceremony will be Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. in the GSU Sports Arena at 125 Decatur St. S.E.