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April 24, 2008

Law School Commencement Speakers

  • Akron:  Bedford Biles
  • Albany:  Jeanine Pirro (TV legal analyst; former District Attorney, Westchester County, New York)
  • American:  Stephen Breyer (Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Baltimore:  Ted Turner (media mogul)
  • Boston College:  Michael Mukasey (Attorney General, United States)
  • Boston University:  Niki Tsongas (Member, U.S. Congress)
  • Brooklyn:  George Bundy Smith (Partner, Chadbourne & Parke; retired Judge, New York Court of Appeals)
  • BYU:  Matthew Durant (Justice, Utah Supreme Court)
  • Capital:  Jennifer Brunner (Secretary of State, Ohio)
  • Cardozo:  Dennis Jacobs (Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit)
  • Case Western:  Mark Dann (Attorney General, Ohio)
  • Catholic:  Samuel Alito (Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Chapman:  Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine Law School)
  • Charleston:  Jan Crawford Greenburg (Legal Correspondent, ABC News)
  • Chicago-Kent:  Lisa Madigan (Attorney General, Illinois)
  • Cincinnati:  Billy Martin (Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan)
  • Columbia:  Cynthia McFadden (Co-anchor, ABC News)
  • Connecticut:  Chase T. Rogers (Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court)
  • Cornell:  John Blume (Professor, Cornell)
  • Duquesne:  Richard Thornburgh (former Governor, Pennsylvania; former Attorney General, United States)
  • Duke:  William Neukom (President, ABA; Partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston, Gates Ellis)
  • Florida State:  Neil Gorsuch (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit)
  • George Washington:  Daniel K. Inouye (Member, U.S. Senate)
  • Golden Gate:  Lee Baxter (former Judge, California Superior Court)
  • Harvard:  Cory Booker (Mayor, Newark, NJ)
  • Hofstra:  Adam Liptak (Reporter, New York Times)
  • Houston:  William H. Neukom (President, ABA; Partner, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston, Gates Ellis)
  • Indiana-Bloomington:  Richard Lugar (Member, U.S. Senate)
  • John Marshall (Chicago):  Jonathan Turley (Professor, George Washington; TV legal analyst)
  • Lewis & Clark:  John Lewis (Member, U.S. Congress)
  • Loyola-L.A.:  David W. Burcham (Executive Vice President & Provost, Loyola)
  • Loyola-New Orleans:  Scott Turow (legal novelist)
  • LSU:  Bobby Jindal (Governor, Louisiana)
  • Miami:  Carolyn Lamm (President-Elect, ABA; Partner, White & Case)
  • Michigan State:  Marilyn Kelly (Justice, Michigan Supreme Court)
  • New England:  Larry Lucchino (President & CEO, Boston Red Sox)
  • New York Law School:  Dennis Archer (Chairman, Dickinson Wright; former President, ABA, and former Mayor, Detroit)
  • New York University:  Anne Milgram (Attorney General, New Jersey)
  • North Dakota:  Ralph Erickson (Judge, U.S. District Court)
  • Northeastern:  Stephen Breyer (Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Northwestern:  Jerry Springer (TV show host; former Mayor, Cincinnati)
  • Notre Dame:  A.J. Bellia (Professor, Notre Dame; winner, Teacher of the Year award)
  • Pace:  Theodore Jones (Judge, New York Court of Appeals)
  • Pacific McGeorge:  Doris Matsui (Member, U.S. Congress)
  • Penn State:  Michael Apfelbaum (Partner, Apfelbaum, Apfelbaum & Apfelbaum)
  • Pennsylvania:  Bill Richardson (Governor, New Mexico)
  • Pittsburgh:  Debra Todd (Justice, Pennsylvania Supreme Court)
  • Quinnipiac:  Barry R. Schaller (Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court)
  • Richmond:  Henry Hudson (Judge, U.S. District Court)
  • Roger Williams:  Linda Greenhouse (Former Supreme Court Reporter, New York Times)
  • San Diego:  Thomas O'Brien (U.S. Attorney, Central District of California)
  • South Dakota:  Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (Member, U.S. Congress)
  • South Texas:  Richard Anderson (CEO, Delta Airlines)
  • Stanford:  Joe Bankman (Tax Prof, Stanford; winner, Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching)
  • UC-Berkeley:  Mary Schroeder (former Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Apeals, 9th Circuit) & Anne Joseph O'Connor (Professor, UC-Berkeley)
  • UC-Davis:  Gavin Newsom (Mayor, San Francisco)
  • UC-Hastings:  Willie Brown (former Mayor, San Francisco)
  • UCLA:  Morgan Chu (Partner, Irell & Manella)
  • USC:  Erwin Chemerinsky (Dean, UC-Irvine Law School)
  • University of St. Thomas:  Edward Toussaint Jr. (Chief Judge, Minnesota Court of Appeals)
  • Vanderbilt:  Nicholas Zeppos (Chancellor, Vanderbilt)
  • Vermont:  Madeleine May Kunin (former Governor, Vermont)
  • Virginia:  Timothy Finchem (Commissioner, PGA Tour)
  • Wake Forest:  Jim Talent (Fellow, Heritage Foundation; former Member, U.S. Senate)
  • Washington & Lee:  William Webster (former U.S. District Judge, CIA Director, and FBI Director)
  • U. of Washington:  Sherman Alexie (author)
  • Washburn:  Dennis Moore (Member, U.S. Congress)
  • Whittier:  Linda S├ínchez (Member, U.S. Congress)
  • Western New England:  Reena Raggi (Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 2d Circuit)
  • William & Mary:  Sandra Day O'Connor (retired Justice, U.S. Supreme Court)
  • William Mitchell:  David B. Sentelle (Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C Circuit)
  • Wisconsin:  Thomas Barrett (Mayor, Milwaukee)
  • Yale:  Kenji Yoshino (Professor, Yale)

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I'm curious as to how far in advance a commencement speaker is scheduled. Yoshino, the commencement speak at Yale, is moving to NYU in the fall, and I'm not sure they would have scheduled him after that news broke.

Posted by: Michael | Apr 25, 2008 12:10:45 PM

Actually, Professor Yoshino was chosen by the 3L class at Yale as their graduation speaker after his departure for NYU had been announced.

Posted by: YLS08 | Apr 27, 2008 10:43:26 AM

Yale's faculty commencement speaker is chosen by the graduating class. Sometimes they have outside commencement speakers, as well, but those aren't announced in advance.

Posted by: James Grimmelmann | Apr 27, 2008 10:50:12 AM

We don't have a separate commencement, but Chris Matthews is speaking at WashU's general commencement.

Posted by: WUSTL3L | Apr 27, 2008 5:15:44 PM

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