New York Law School (NYLS) Commencement speaker Preet Bharara made local and national headlines with his keynote address to the Class of 2017. Commencement was held May 25 at Lincoln Center.
Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, encouraged NYLS graduates to think for themselves and adhere to the rule of law, even when challenged by a demanding client or superior.
“Truth-finding only works if everyone in the system is always vigilant, always skeptical, always questioning, and always willing to disagree with others when they prove wrong, no matter how high up they are,” he said. “Groupthink is death to justice and to fairness.”
He also encouraged graduates to pursue public service. “I spent 17 and a half years in it, and I cannot imagine a better way to spend your time, learn your craft, help people, and make the world better,” he said.
Laura Ricciardi ’96, the Emmy Award-winning co-creator of the globally recognized Netflix series “Making a Murderer,” also shared her compelling career experiences and wisdom with the Class of 2017.
“The fact is, my legal education and my experience as a practicing lawyer have been totally relevant to my career as a filmmaker,” Ricciardi. “I use my law degree every day in my work as a business owner and creative.”
She added, “Wherever your journey takes you and whatever form your service to others takes, make paramount the integrity of your work.”
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View Commencement photos here.