Commencement Speakers at NY Area Law Schools

For those who like lists, here is one of the commencement speakers for the New York tri-state metropolitan area:

New York

  • Brooklyn Law School — Paul Volcker, Chair of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law — Rosalie Abella, Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Columbia Law School — Gray Davis, Former Governor of California
  • CUNY School of Law at Queens College — Margaret E. Montoya, Professor of Law, University of New Mexico Law School
  • Fordham University School of Law — Joel Klein, New York City Schools Chancellor
  • Hofstra University School of Law — Wallace B. Jefferson, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court
  • New York Law School — Gregory H. Williams, President of City College of New York
  • New York University School of Law — Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Ambassador to the United Nations (law school convocation speaker; Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State, is the commencement speaker for New York University)
  • Pace University School of Law — Nina Totenberg, NPR correspondent
  • St. John’s University School of Law — Dennis Jacobs, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Touro College Law Center — Charles J. Hynes, Kings County District Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

New Jersey

  • Rutgers University School of Law at Camden — Hon. Wilma B. Liebman, Chair, National Labor Relations Board
  • Rutgers University School of Law at Newark — Judge Freda Wolfson of the US District Court of New Jersey
  • Seton Hall University School of Law — Judge Michael A. Chagares of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit


  • University of Connecticut School of Law — Sheila C. Bair, Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Quinnipiac University School of Law — Mark Kravitz, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
    Yale University Law School — no information

The list of greater New York metropolitan area law school commencement speakers would not be complete this year without including Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law, the nation’s newest law school located in nearby Philadelphia. Drexel received provisional ABA approval in 2008.

  • Drexel Law School — Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of the City of New York