129th Commencement Exercises
Dear Members of the Class of 2021:
On behalf of the New York Law School Board of Trustees and Faculty, congratulations! You have overcome extraordinary challenges on your pathway to joining the legal profession. You should be proud of your resilience, determination, and commitment to the law today and every day.
I am honored to have served as your Dean. Together, we navigated a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic. I watched with pride as you rose to the challenge by working remarkably hard, adapting to unprecedented changes, navigating personal difficulties, and advocating for your classmates and communities.
You have emerged from this experience prepared to help our city, state, and nation recover from the past year—and to build a better future. The pandemic has laid bare deep injustices. It is both a calling and a gift that as lawyers, you are part of an enduring effort to create a society that is fair and equitable for all.
As you prepare for the bar exam and practice, take nothing for granted; leave nothing to chance. Make focus, preparation, and hard work your priorities. Be present and accountable in every moment you are called on for your knowledge and leadership. Your clients, colleagues, family, friends, and you yourself deserve no less.
Remember always that you are part of a 130-year-old community of strivers, dreamers, and doers. We are #NYLSStrong like the city that inspires us. You will always be part of New York’s law school. And now, you join the ranks of our distinguished alumni.
I can’t wait to celebrate in person with you, your family, and your friends. For now, we gather in spirit and in shared commitment to the ideals of our profession. I know you will make us all proud.
Anthony W. Crowell
Dean and President, Professor of Law
Honors and Prizes
In Memoriam: José E. Nogueras
New York Law School mourns the loss of a dear friend and colleague, José E. Nogueras, a vital part of the School’s Legal Practice Program, who passed away on March 25, 2021.
José worked at New York Law School for two decades. He was a bright and compassionate person who brought care, dedication, and a sense of teamwork to his role. He inspired and supported the success of faculty members and students alike. Creative and skilled at crochet, he demonstrated his affection for his colleagues through memorable handmade gifts.
Before joining New York Law School, José worked in city government, where his colleagues shared the same respect and admiration felt for him at the School. The School holds José in fond remembrance, drawing inspiration from his kindness and the warm connections he made with all who crossed his path.