New York, NY (March 26, 2018) – The Honorable Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, will give the keynote address at the New York Law School (NYLS) 2018 commencement ceremony.
The ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall on Friday, June 1, 2018. Justice Breyer will address an audience of 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 W. Crowell, NYLS Dean and President. “As ‘New York’s law school,’ we are well aware that what is local is also international and that ideas, ideals, and talent must flow freely across borders and continents for us to succeed as a global community. 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.”
“Justice Breyer is truly a man for all seasons,” said Arthur N. Abbey ’59, Chair of NYLS’s Board of Trustees. “His sharp intelligence and unerring fairness and compassion produce brilliant decision after decision in the most important cases in our country. His lifelong effort to seek justice for those who need it most have guaranteed his place in the pantheon of great Supreme Court Justices. On a more personal note, he is one of the nicest, least assuming human beings that I have ever had the privilege to meet. New York Law School’s 2018 graduates are indeed fortunate to have the opportunity to hear from him.”
In recent years, NYLS commencement speakers 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 ’96, former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, U.S. Senator Cory A. Booker (D-NJ), and Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Robert A. Katzmann.
Earlier this year, the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, also addressed the NYLS community at the 10th Annual Sidney Shainwald Public Interest Lecture.
About Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Justice Breyer received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg of the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1964 term, a Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Antitrust from 1965 to 1967, an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force in 1973, Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1974 to 1975, and Chief Counsel of the committee from 1979 to 1980. From 1967 to 1994, he taught at Harvard Law School, and from 1977 to 1994, he taught at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. He served as a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1980 to 1990 and as Chief Judge from 1990 to 1994. He was a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 1990 to 1994 and a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission from 1985 to 1989. President Bill Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat in August 1994.