Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Stephen Breyer will give the keynote address at the New York Law School commencement.
The ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall on June 1. Breyer will address approximately 2,500 people, including 284 J.D. and LL.M. candidates for graduation.
“Justice Breyer is keenly attuned to the interconnected, global landscape today’s lawyers inhabit,” said Anthony Crowell, the school’s president and dean. “I know that our graduates will benefit immensely from Justice Breyer’s broad perspective, his longtime commitment to civic engagement and his deep concern for how the law impacts people’s everyday lives in all nations.”
Arthur N. Abbey, a 1959 alumnus and chair of the law school’s Board of Trustees, said Breyer’s “sharp intelligence and unerring fairness and compassion produce brilliant decision after decision in the most important cases in our country.”
In recent years, commencement speakers at the school have included former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, the Emmy Award-winning co-creator of “Making a Murderer” Laura Ricciardi, a 1996 alumna, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Sen. Cory A. Booker, D-N.J., and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Robert A. Katzmann.