New York, NY (May 12, 2009)—Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York, one of the oldest public universities in the United States, will address the graduates at New York Law School’s 117th Commencement on Friday, May 15, 2009, at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, at 10 a.m. President Williams will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
The School will graduate approximately 485 students: 470 candidates for the Juris Doctor (J.D.), 12 candidates for the Master of Laws (LL.M.), and one candidate for the Master of Arts in Mental Disability Law Studies.
The President’s Medal of Honor will be awarded to Zygmunt Wilf ’74, principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings Football Club, LLC. 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 generosity.
About the Commencement Speaker
Gregory H. Williams is the 11th president of The City College of New York (CCNY), the first college of The City University of New York. Under his leadership, the State of New York is investing nearly a billion dollars in new science facilities and a new home for its School of Architecture, and beginning in the fall of 2009, the College will issue doctoral degrees in engineering and science. He is also leading the first capital campaign in the College’s history, and has already raised nearly $310,000,000.
President Williams has earned five degrees, including a J.D. and Ph.D. from the George Washington University, and he holds three honorary doctorates. He has been a university administrator for more than 30 years, previously serving in a variety of posts at The George Washington University, The University of Iowa, and The Ohio State University. Immediately prior to becoming President of The City College of New York, he was Dean of the Law School and Carter C. Kissell Professor of Law, The Ohio State University. Early in his career, President Williams was a deputy sheriff, and he later worked as an aide to a United States senator.
President Williams has published three books and a number of articles and book reviews for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. He is best known for his award-winning and best-selling memoir, Life on the Color Line: The True Story of a White Boy Who Discovered He Was Black. As a result of his autobiography, he has been featured on a number of national programs including “Oprah,” “Dateline NBC with Tom Brokaw,” “Larry King Live,” ABC’s “Nightline with Ted Koppel,” and “Fresh Air with Terri Gross” of National Public Radio.
About the President’s Medal of Honor Recipient
Zygi Wilf is an attorney at the Wilf Law Firm and the President of Garden Homes Real Estate Developers based in Short Hills, New Jersey. In 2005, he became the principal owner of the Minnesota Vikings Football Club, NFC North Division Champions for the 2008–09 season.
Wilf earned a B.A. in Economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1971, and graduated from New York Law School in 1974. He is a member of the executive committee of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a member of the board of trustees of Yeshiva University. He serves on the Center for Real Estate Studies Advisory Board of New York Law School and is a trustee of the Wilf Family Foundation.
About New York Law School
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 eight academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Institute for Information Law & 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 program. www.nyls.edu
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