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Thursday, May 17, 2012

2012 Law School Commencement Speakers

  • AkronClass of 2012Solomon Oliver (Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio)
  • Albany:  Victoria Graffeo (Judge, New York Court of Appeals)
  • American:  Valerie Jarrett (Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama)
  • Appalachian:  Beverly Perdue (Governor, North Carolina)
  • Arizona State:  Sandra Day O'Connor (Retired Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Arkansas-Fayetteville:  Jeffrey Gearhart (Vice President & General Counsel, Wal-Mart)
  • Arkansas-Little Rock:  Dustin McDaniel (Attorney General, Arkansas)
  • Ave Maria:  Robert George (Professor, Princeton University)
  • Barry:  Jose Rodriguez (Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida)
  • Boston College:  Victoria Kennedy (widow of former Sen. Edward Kennedy)
  • Boston University:  Roderick Ireland (Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)
  • Brooklyn:  Carol Bagley Amon (Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York)
  • BYU:  Thomas Griffith (Judge. U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)
  • Campbell:  William Suter (Clerk, U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Capital:  Robert Schottenstein (Chairman & CEO, M/I Homes)
  • Cardozo:  Jonathan Lippman (Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals)
  • Case Western:  Leila Vespoli (Vice President & General Counsel, FirstEnergy Corp.)
  • Catholic:  Daniel Gappagher (Commissioner, SEC)
  • Chapman:  Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye (Chief Justice, California Supreme Court)
  • Charleston:  Hulett "Bucky" Askew (Consultant on Legal Education, ABA)
  • Charlotte:  Anthony Foxx (Mayor, Charlotte)
  • Chicago-Kent:  Bajrakitiyabha Mahidol (Princess, Thailand), Laurel Bellows (President-elect, ABA)
  • Cincinnati:  William Robinson (President, ABA)
  • Cleveland State:  Yvette McGee Brown (Justice, Ohio Supreme Court)
  • Colorado:  Neil Gorsuch (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit)
  • Columbia:  Donald Verrilli (Solicitor General, United States)
  • Connecticut:  John Lewis (Member, U.S. House of Representatives)
  • CUNY:  Ronald Ellis (Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York)
  • Dayton:  Elizabeth A. McClanahan (Justice, Virginia Supreme Court)
  • DePaul:  John Simon (Partner, Jenner & Block, Chicago)
  • Drexel:  Anthony Scirica (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)
  • Duke:  John Paul Stevens (Retired Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Elon:  James Wynn, Jr. (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit)
  • Emory:  Della Wager Wells (Partner, Alston & Baird, Atlanta)
  • Florida Coastal:  Deanell Tacha (Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law)
  • Florida State:  Charles Canady (Chief Justice, Florida Supreme Court)
  • Fordham:  Michelle DePass (Assistant Administrator, Office of International & Tribal Affairs, EPA)
  • George Washington:  Carmen Ortiz (U.S. Attorney, Massachusetts)
  • Georgetown:  Gay McDougall (Visiting Professor, Georgetown University Law Center)
  • Georgia State:  Bobby Lee Cook (Defense Attorney, Summerville, GA)
  • Georgia:  Richard Story (Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia)
  • Golden Gate:  Morgan Christen (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
  • Gonzaga:  Debra Stephens (Justice, Washington Supreme Court)
  • Hamline:  Lucinda Jesson (Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services)
  • Harvard:  Eric Holder (Attorney General, United States)
  • Hawaii:  David A. Ezra (Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii)
  • Houston:  Alan Crain (Vice President & General Counsel, Baker Hughes)
  • Idaho:  Roger Burdick (Chief Justice, Idaho Supreme Court)
  • Illinois:  Edward Walters (CEO, Fastcase)
  • Indiana-Bloomington:  David Carden (U.S. Ambassador, Association of Southeast Asian Nations)
  • Indiana-Indianapolis:  Patricia McGowan Wald (Former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit)
  • Iowa:  Donald Verrilli (Solicitor General, United States)
  • John Marshall (Atlanta):  Lawrence Lessig (Professor, Harvard Law School)
  • Kentucky:  William Robinson (President, ABA)
  • Lewis & Clark:  Neal Katyal (Professor, Georgetown University Law Center)
  • Louisville:  Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (Justice, Kenntucky Supreme Court)
  • Loyola-L.A.:  Margaret McKeown (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)
  • LSU:  Bennett Johnston (Former Member, U.S. Senate)
  • Maryland:  Thomas Sager (Vice President & General Counsel, DuPont)
  • Mercer:  Jim Petro (Chancellor, Ohio Board of Regents)
  • Michigan:  Eric Holder (Attorney General, United States)
  • Michigan State:  Richard Cordray (Director, U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
  • Minnesota:  Al Franken (Member, U.S. Senate)
  • Mississippi:  William Winter (Governor, Mississippi)
  • Montana:  William Neukom (Former Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft; Founder, World Justice Project)
  • Nebraska:  Jeffrey Toobin (Analyst, CNN)
  • New England:  Howard Dean (Former Governor, Vermont) 
  • New Hampshire:  John Lewis (Member, U.S. House of Representatives)
  • New York:  Kenneth Feinberg (Founder & Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen, New York)
  • North Carolina:  Eric Holder (Attorney General, United States)
  • North Carolina Central:  Warren Ballentine (Radio Talk Show Host)
  • North Dakota:  Gerald VandeWalle (Chief Justice, North Dakota Supreme Court)
  • Notre Dame:  G. Robert Blakey (Professor, Notre Dame Law School)
  • Northeastern:  Jacqueline Berrien (Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
  • Northwestern:  Jerry Reinsdorf (Owner, Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox)
  • NYU:  Anthony Foxx (Mayor, Charlotte, North Carolina)
  • Ohio Northern:  Yvette McGee Brown (Justice, Ohio Supreme Court)
  • Oklahoma:  James Gallogly (CEO & President, LyondellBasell Industries)
  • Oklahoma City:  John Norman (Partner, Norman & Edem, Oklahoma City)
  • Oregon:  Garrett Epps (Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law)
  • Pace:  Andrew Carter, Jr., (Judge, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York)
  • Pennsylvania:  Rudy Giuliani (Mayor, New York)
  • Penn State:  Thomas Vanaskie (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)
  • Pepperdine:  Tim Perrin (Vice Dean, Pepperdine University School of Law; Incoming President, Lubbock Christian University)
  • Quinnipiac:  Lubbie Harper Jr. (Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court)
  • Regent:  Michele Bachmann (Member, U.S. House of Representatives)
  • Richmond:  Roger Gregory (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit)
  • Roger Williams:  Jack Weinstein (Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York)
  • Rutgers-Camden:  Theodore McKee (Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit)
  • Rutgers-Newark:  Paul Fishman (U.S. Attorney, New Jersey)
  • San Diego:  David Camp (Member, U.S. House of Representatives)
  • San Francisco:  Goodwin Liu (Justice, California Supreme Court)
  • Seton Hall:  Ryan Crocker (U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan)
  • SMU:  Robert H. Dedman, Jr., (Founder & CEO, ClubCorp)
  • South Dakota:  Judith Meierhenry (Retired Justice, South Dakota Supreme Court)
  • Southern Illinois:  Sheila Simon (Lieutenant Governor, Illinois)
  • St. John's:  Eugene Orza (former Chief Operating Officer, Major League Baseball Players Association)
  • St. Mary's:  Nelson Wolff (Judge, Bexar County, Texas)
  • Stetson:  Nieva Brock (Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Criminal Investigative Service)
  • SUNY-Buffalo:  Martha Minow (Dean, Harvard Law School)
  • Syracuse:  Dan Quayle (Former Vice President, United States)
  • Texas:  Joseph Jamail (Founding Partner, Jamail & Kolius, Houston)
  • Tennessee:  Ray Mabus (Secretary, U.S. Navy)
  • Texas Tech:  Robert Black (President, Texas Bar Association)
  • Thomas Jefferson:  Barry Hill (Senior Counsel, EPA)
  • Tulane:  Reginald Davis (Vice President & General Counsel, Zynga Gaming Network)
  • Tulsa:  Steadman Upham (President, Tulsa University)
  • UC-Berkeley:  Kamala Harris (Attorney General, California)
  • UC-Davis:  Goodwin Liu (Justice, California Supreme Court)
  • UC-Hastings:  Jeff Adachi (Public Defender, San Francisco)
  • UC-Irvine:  Harry T. Edwards (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit)
  • UCLA:  Chai Feldblum (Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
  • USC:  Goodwin Liu (Justice, California Supreme Court)
  • Utah:  Deborah Dugan (CEO, (RED))
  • Valparaiso:  Roberta Lang (General Counsel & Global Vice President of Legal Affairs, Whole Foods)
  • Vermont:  Paul Reiber (Justice, Vermont Supreme Court)
  • Villanova:  Seth Williams (District Attorney, Philadelphia)
  • Virginia:  Neal Katyal (Professor, Georgetown University Law Center)
  • Washington & Lee:  Linda Klein (Chair, ABA House of Delegates)
  • Washington U.:  Mike Peters (Editorial Cartoonist, Mother Goose & Grimm)
  • Western New England:  Barbara Lenk (Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court)
  • Whittier:  Stephen Zack (Former President, ABA)
  • Widener:  Christopher Coons (Member, U.S. Senate), William Nettles (U.S. Attorney, South Carolina)
  • William & Mary:  John Charles Thomas (Former Justice, Virginia Supreme Court)
  • William Mitchell:  Stephen Bonner (President & CEO, Cancer Treatment Centers of America)
  • Willamette:  Carlos Moreno (Former Justice, California Supreme Court)

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Comments

It appears UNC School of Law is missing from your list. We had U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as our commencement speaker.

Posted by: Allison | May 17, 2012 1:32:33 PM

Elie Mystal at "Above the Law": "Note that Michigan Law is going with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Right-wing nut jobs will surely have a problem with him...."

Commenter A: "Holder was also the commencement speaker at UNC this year."

Commenter B: "I wonder if he spoke fast and furiously." ( ba-da-bum )


Posted by: Woody | May 17, 2012 1:57:49 PM

(Sorry problems with system posting, so this may be a duplicate.)

Correcting link >>>> Rimshot 1 / Rimshot 2

Posted by: Woody | May 17, 2012 2:06:55 PM

AG Eric Holder was a busy man speaking at Harvard, Michigan and North Carolina. He too works hard for his money.

Posted by: Bill | May 18, 2012 6:24:08 PM

David Camp gave a very conservative and radical speech to an audience that was not conservative an radical. By any means it was a poor choice for San Diego. Who do students have to thank for this selection?

Posted by: Anon | Jun 4, 2012 10:10:38 AM