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Thursday, July 18, 2013

2013 Law School Commencement Speakers

Class of 2013Here are the 2013 commencement speakers for the U.S. News Top 101 law schools:

1. Yale:  Sonia Sotomayor (Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)

2. Harvard:  Jeffrey Toobin (Legal Analyst, CNN)

2. Stanford:  Robert Weisberg (Professor, Stanford)

4. Columbia:  Preet Bharara (U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York)

6. NYU:  David Boies (Chairman, Boies, Schiller & Flexner)

7. Pennsylvania:  Chris Dodd (Former Member, U.S. Senate)

7. Virginia:  Bill Nelson (Member, U.S. Senate)

9. UC-Berkeley:  Eric Holder (Attorney General, United States)

9. Michigan:  Ken Salazar (Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior)

11. Duke:  Melinda Gates (Co-Founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

12. NorthwesternMark Walter (Principal, Guggenheim Partners; Co-owner, L.A. Dodgers)

13. Cornell:  Cory Booker (Mayor, Newark, New Jersey)

14. Georgetown:  Greta Van Susteran (Host, On The Record With Greta Van Susteran)

15. Texas:  Rodney G. Ellis (Member, U.S. Senate)

16. Vanderbilt:  Nicholas S. Zeppos (Chancellor, Vanderbilt University)

17. UCLA:  Hilda Solis (Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor)

18. USC:  Tani Cantil-Sakauye (Justice, California Supreme Court)

19. Minnesota:  Mark Dayton (Governor, Minnesota)

19. Washington-St. Louis:  Cory Booker (Mayor, Newark, New Jersey)

21. George Washington:  Randall R. Rader (Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit)

21. Alabama:  Fournier “Boots” Gale, III. (Senior Executive Vice President, Regions Financial Corp.)

23. Emory:  Della Wager Wells (President, Emory Alumni Association)

23. Notre Dame:  Timothy Dolan (President, Conference of Catholic Bishops)

25. Indiana-Bloomington:  David Brooks (Columnist, New York Times), Alecia DeCoudreaux (President, Mills College)

26. Iowa:  Norm Coleman (Member, U.S. Senate)

26. Washington & Lee:  Timothy Kaine (Member, U.S. Senate)

29. Arizona State:  Jeffrey Toobin (Legal Analyst, CNN)

29. Boston University:  Donald B. Verrilli (Solicitor General, United States)

31. Boston College:  William “Mo” Cowan (Member, U.S. Senate)

31. North Carolina:  Seth Waxman (Former Solicitor General, United States)

33. William and Mary:  Robert M. Gates (Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Defense)

33. Georgia:  Beverly B. Martin (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit)

33. Wisconsin:  Barbara Crabb (Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin)

36. Wake Forest:  Thomas L. Sager (Senior Vice President, DuPont Legal)

38. FordhamPreet Bharara (U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York)

38. Arizona:  Mary Murguia (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit)

38. UC-Davis:  Nancy Pelosi (Democratic Leader, U.S. House of Representatives)

41. George Mason:  William T. Newman (Chief Judge, Arlington Circuit Court)

41. Maryland:  Ben Cardin (Member, U.S. Senate)

41. Utah:  Marlin K. Jensen (Attorney, Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy)

44. BYU:  Jill N. Parrish (Justice, Utah Supreme Court)

44. Colorado:  Mark Udall (Member, U.S. Senate)

46. Florida:  Eugene K. Pettis (President, Florida Bar)

47. Illinois:  Michael Tipsord (Chief Operating Officer, State Farm)

48. Florida State:  John W. Frost, II (Founding Partner, Frost Van Den Boom & Smith)

48. Southern Methodist:  Robert H. Dedman, Jr. (Philanthropist)

48. Tulane:  Marian Berkett (Of Counsel, Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, New Orleans)

48. UC-Hastings:  Edward J. Davila (Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California)

48. Houston:  Melanie Lawson (News Anchor, Channel 13)

53. Richmond:  Cleo Elaine Powell (Justice, Virginia Supreme Court)

54. Baylor:  Ed Kinkeade (Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas)

54. Georgia State:  Kasim Reed (Mayor, Atlanta, Georgia)

56. American:  Harold Hongju Koh (Former Legal Advisor, U.S. Department of State)

56. Temple:  Kathleen (Granahan) Kane (Attorney General, Pennsylvania)

58. Connecticut:  Kean Kumar Katyal (Former Acting Solicitor General, United States)

58. Yeshiva:  Dianne T. Renwick (Justice, New York Supreme Court Appellate Division)

61. Pepperdine:  Gilbert Purcell (Founding Partner, Brayton Purcell)

61. Nebraska:  Roberta Ramo (Former President, New Mexico Bar)

61. Tennessee:  Lamar Alexander (Member, U.S. Senate)

64. New Mexico:  Tom Goldstein (Founding Partner, Goldstein & Russell; Founder, SCOTUSblog)

64. Penn State:  D. Brooks Smith (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit)

64. Seton Hall:  Jeffrey Chiesa (Attorney General, New Jersey)

64. Denver:  Michael Bennett (Member, U.S. Senate)

68. Case Western:  Erich Spangenberg (CEO, IP Navigation Group)

68. Chicago-Kent:  Luke Harriman (Student) and Jingjing Huang (Student)

68. Loyola-L.A.:   Patrick Kelly (President, California State Bar)

68. Arkansas:  Lt. Gen. Richard Harding (Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force)

68. Louisville:  Howard Fineman (Editorial Director, AOL Huffington Post Media Group)

68. San Diego:  Michael Streit (Former Justice, Iowa Supreme Court)

76. LSU:  Bernette Joshua Johnson (Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court)

76. Loyola-Chicago:  Gino L. DiVito (Partner, Tabet DiVito & Rothstein)

76. Missouri:  Duane Benton (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit)

80. Brooklyn:  Kenneth Feinberg (Founding Partner, Feinberg Rozen)

80. Catholic:  William T. Robinson, III (Former President, American Bar Association

80. Lewis & Clark:  Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, University of California Irvine Law School)

80. Michigan State:  Bridget Mary McCormack (Justice, Michigan Supreme Court)

80. Cincinnati:  Sharon J. Zealy (Chief Ethics Officer, Coca Cola)

80. Hawai'i:  James Duffy Jr. (Former Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court)

86. Northeastern:  Jacqueline Berrien (Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Commission)

86. Rutgers-Newark:  Vincent Warren (Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights)

86. SUNY-Buffalo:  Jonathon Lippman (Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals)

91. Rutgers-Camden:  Paul Fishman (U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey)

91. Pittsburgh:  Susan Richard Nelson (Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota)

91. West Virginia:  Robert Bastress (Professor, West Virginia University)

94. Marquette:  Bill Cosby (Actor)

94. Oregon:  Shirley Abrahamson (Chief Justice, Wisconsin Supreme Court)

96. Santa Clara:  David Drummond (Senior Vice President, Google)

96. Syracuse:  Judith Kaye (Former Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals)

98. Indiana-Indianapolis:  H. Lee Hamilton (Director, Center on Congress, Indiana University)

98. St. John’s:  Jonathon Lippman (Chief Judge, New York Court of Appeals)

98. South Carolina:  Stephen Zack (Former President, American Bar Association)

98. Villanova :  Tom Corbett (Governor, Pennsylvania)

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At our graduation, Seth Waxman, who was our speaker, told us a story which encapsulates the essential role of a graduation speaker. When he was first invited to make a graduation address, he asked his old friend Father Drinan for advice. Drinan said: "Think of yourself as the body at an Irish wake. Nobody is expecting you to say a thing, but they can't have the party without you."

Posted by: Bill Turnier | Jul 18, 2013 2:27:50 PM