Albany Law School
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The vice president and deputy general counsel at The New York Times will be the keynote speaker at the Law School’s commencement in May, the school announced Tuesday.


David McCraw, vice president and assistant general counsel of The New York Times Co.

David McCraw, the newspaper’s primary litigator, advises the Times on libel, freedom of information, access to the courts, and newsgathering, among other issues. He also plays a key role in the paper’s security efforts for overseas journalists and helps lead crisis response for kidnappings or when journalists are detained.

Mr. McCraw filed more than 20 lawsuits against the Obama administration concerning Freedom of Information requests, and has opposed President Trump’s lawyers regarding a request to retract a story.

Before joining the Times in 2002, McGraw was the deputy general counsel for the New York Daily News and a litigation associate at Clifford Chance, and at Rogers and Wells.

He is a 1992 alumnus of Albany Law School and serves on its Board of Trustees.

Alicia Ouellette, president and dean of Albany Law, called McGraw one of the most respected media lawyers in the country.

“As a fierce advocate for the First Amendment and a dogged enforcer of the Freedom of Information Laws, he has some amazing experiences to talk about—from Wikileaks to his relations today with the White House,” she said in a statement. “I expect students will be inspired by his commitment to the rule of law.”

The vice president and deputy general counsel at The New York Times will be the keynote speaker at the Law School’s commencement in May, the school announced Tuesday.


David McCraw, vice president and assistant general counsel of The New York Times Co.

David McCraw, the newspaper’s primary litigator, advises the Times on libel, freedom of information, access to the courts, and newsgathering, among other issues. He also plays a key role in the paper’s security efforts for overseas journalists and helps lead crisis response for kidnappings or when journalists are detained.

Mr. McCraw filed more than 20 lawsuits against the Obama administration concerning Freedom of Information requests, and has opposed President Trump’s lawyers regarding a request to retract a story.

Before joining the Times in 2002, McGraw was the deputy general counsel for the New York Daily News and a litigation associate at Clifford Chance , and at Rogers and Wells.

He is a 1992 alumnus of Albany Law School and serves on its Board of Trustees.

Alicia Ouellette, president and dean of Albany Law, called McGraw one of the most respected media lawyers in the country.

“As a fierce advocate for the First Amendment and a dogged enforcer of the Freedom of Information Laws, he has some amazing experiences to talk about—from Wikileaks to his relations today with the White House,” she said in a statement. “I expect students will be inspired by his commitment to the rule of law.”