New York, May 14,
2007— Dennis W. Archer, prominent attorney and former mayor of the
City of Detroit, will address the graduates at New York Law
School’s 116th Commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2007, at Avery
Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at 10 a.m. Archer, who is the Chairman of
the Detroit-based law firm Dickinson Wright, will receive an honorary
Doctor of Laws degree.
The School will graduate
410 students: 394 candidates for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and 16
candidates for the Master of Laws (LL.M.).
The President’s Medal
of Honor will be awarded to The Honorable Ernst H. Rosenberger ’58.
The award is given to New York Law School’s most outstanding and
accomplished alumni and its most generous benefactors, and acknowledges
those who have made the most significant contributions to the history of
the Law School by their exemplary professional lives and their
Dennis W. Archer is
Chairman of the Dickinson Wright; the Detroit-law firm has more than 200
attorneys and has offices in Michigan and Washington, D.C. He sits on the
corporate boards of Johnson Controls, Inc., Compuware Corporation, and
Masco Corporation. He is also on the nonprofit boards of the CATCH
Foundation and the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan. Archer
served two four-year terms as mayor of the City of Detroit from 1994 to
2001 and earned national and international respect for his success in
changing Detroit’s image and direction. In 2000, Mayor Archer was
named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine.
After graduating from
Detroit College of Law in 1970, he worked as a trial lawyer and a partner
in several Detroit firms, and served as Associate Professor of the Detroit
College of Law and Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University Law School.
He was appointed Associate Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1985
and elected to an eight-year term the following year. In his final year
on the bench in 1990, Archer was named the most respected judge in
Michigan by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
Archer has long been active
in the organized bar. He was the first person of color elected president
of the American Bar Association (2003-2004) as well as the State Bar of
Michigan. He has also served as the president of the Wolverine Bar
Association and the National Bar Association.
President’s Medal of Honor Recipient
The Honorable Ernst H.
Rosenberger ’58 is Of Counsel to Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
LLP, where he focuses on domestic and international litigation, as well
as arbitration, alternative and international dispute resolution, and
mediation. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for New York Law
School, where he has taught part-time continuously since 1976. He was
born in Hamburg, Germany and immigrated to New York City with his parents
and sister to escape Nazi persecution.
After graduating from New
York Law School in 1958, Justice Rosenberger worked at a small firm for a
year before starting his own practice. He became a New York City
Criminal Court Judge in 1972, and was named Acting Justice of the Supreme
Court of the State of New York beginning in 1973. He was appointed to the
Supreme Court of the State of New York in 1977, and served as Presiding
Justice of the Court’s Extraordinary Special and Trial Term for
investigation of corruption in the criminal justice system. He became an
Associate Justice of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First
Department, in 1985, and sat on more than 15,000 criminal and civil
appeals from the highest trial courts of New York, before his retirement
from the bench in 2004. He was named one of New York’s best judges
by both New York Magazine and the Village Voice.
About New York Law
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located
in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and
finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars
has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law,
civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information
law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number
of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its seven academic
centers: Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law,
Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate
Studies, Center on Business Law and Policy, Institute for Information Law
and Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than
13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and
part-time J.D. program and its Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation