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As New York law students and professors celebrate the end of the academic year with commencement ceremonies, three of the state’s law school deans officially donned their caps and gowns for the last time. The spring 2002 semester marked the last as dean for: Daan Braveman, of Syracuse University School of Law; John D. Feerick, of Fordham University School of Law; and John Sexton, of New York University School of Law. Braveman will turn over his post to Hannah Arterian, formerly an associate dean at Arizona State University College of Law. Syracuse University College of Law held an honors convocation at its Hendricks Chapel on Saturday, and had its full graduation ceremony on Sunday at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Senator Joseph R. Biden, D-Del., delivered the commencement address. Fordham has yet to name Dean Feerick’s successor, but expects to have a new dean chosen by the time he steps down on June 30, according to spokesman Robert Pfeifer. Dean Feerick’s last commencement as dean was held on Sunday at Manhattan’s Avery Fisher Hall. Nicholas Scoppetta, commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, spoke at the event. Sexton, who will take the reins as president of New York University on June 1, will be replaced as law school dean by Professor Richard Revesz. The law school held its commencement at the Theater at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Ronald K. Noble, the secretary general of Interpol, addressed the graduates. For the law schools in New York State not undergoing a transition in leadership, commencement season was just as busy. The University at Buffalo (State University of New York) Law School was the first law school to hold a graduation ceremony this year. The event took place on May 11, at the university’s Center for the Arts. The commencement speaker was Herman Schwartz, professor of law at American University and a former Buffalo Law faculty member. Cornell Law School followed with its commencement on May 12, held at the school’s Bailey Hall. In keeping with tradition, the students chose a professor and two of their classmates to speak at the event. Graduating juris doctor Sara A. Lulo and master of laws graduate Alfonso Bolio Barajas delivered the student addresses, while assistant professor Douglas A. Kyser was chosen as the faculty speaker. Former Southern District U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White addressed the graduating class at Pace University School of Law’s commencement exercises, held Sunday on the Chapel Green in White Plains. A special certificate of recognition for academic achievement was awarded to the parents of Tom Wilson, a fourth-year student who died last year after a long battle with muscular dystrophy. Wilson’s younger brother died of the same disease five weeks before Wilson. BUSY DAY On what surely proved to be a busy day for White, the former Southern District U.S. Attorney was also the commencement speaker at Hofstra University School of Law on Sunday night. The commencement was held at the university’s Hofstra Arena in Hempstead. Columbia Law School will hold its graduation ceremonies at Avery Fischer Hall today. The exercises will feature 1973 graduate Reynold Levy, president of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as commencement speaker. Justice Anthony V. Cardona, the presiding justice for the Appellate Division, Third Department, will deliver the commencement address for Albany Law School on May 25 at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza in Albany. Justice Cardona received his law degree from Albany in 1970. Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, will be the commencement speaker for CUNY School of Law at Queens College. CUNY will hold its graduation ceremony at the Colden Center at Queens College. Touro College Law Center will hold its 20th commencement at Avery Fisher Hall on May 26. U.S. Representative Steve Israel, D-N.Y., will deliver the commencement address. Avery Fisher Hall will also be the site of Brooklyn Law School’s commencement, scheduled to take place on June 5. Chief Judge Michael B. Mukasey, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, will be the commencement speaker. St. John’s University School of Law will hold its graduation ceremony on June 2, at the school’s Alumni Hall. Harvey L. Pitt, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and a 1968 alumnus of St. John’s law school, will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Chief Judge Gregory W. Carman of the U.S. Court of International Trade, a 1961 alumnus of the school, will also receive a Doctor of Laws degree. New York Law School will award honorary Juris Doctorates to commencement speaker Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Second Circuit Judge Pierre N. Leval at the school’s 110th commencement ceremony on June 2. The event will be held at Avery Fisher Hall. Finally, on June 7, Senior Judge Jack B. Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York will help Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law celebrate its 25th anniversary by delivering the commencement address at Avery Fisher Hall. Judge Weinstein was an original member of Cardozo’s board in 1976.

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