129th Commencement Exercises
New York Law School's virtual Commencement Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 27 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Each graduate may watch the ceremony live, along with any household members who can join from the same fixed location. Afterwards, graduates will receive a link to a recording of the event that can be shared widely. Additional details regarding the ceremony, awards, and honors will be shared in the coming weeks. The entire NYLS community looks forward to celebrating this very special event.
New York Attorney General Letitia James to Keynote at NYLS's 129th Commencement
New York Attorney General Letitia James will give the keynote address for the NYLS 2021 virtual commencement ceremony. She will also receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from NYLS in recognition of her extraordinary commitment to justice, equity, and public service on behalf of all New Yorkers.
Letitia “Tish” James is the 67th Attorney General for the State of New York. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York and the first woman to be elected Attorney General. Since taking office in January 2019, Attorney General James has led broad coalitions of state attorneys general and other public officials to push back against adverse federal government policies; enforced antitrust laws against some of the world’s largest technology companies, including Google and Facebook; and held accountable one of the nation’s most powerful lobbying groups, the National Rifle Association, for significant self-enrichment. In addition, she led a successful national effort to protect the integrity of the 2020 Decennial Census. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General James has protected New Yorkers from fraud and predatory practices, helped New Yorkers stay in their homes through foreclosure relief assistance, and established a program to provide free legal assistance for tenants facing eviction throughout the entire state.
128th Commencement Exercises
Dear Members of the Class of 2020,
On behalf of the New York Law School Board of Trustees and Faculty, congratulations on the extraordinary challenges you have overcome this spring and throughout your law school careers.
I am honored to have served as your Dean, and I have never been more inspired by a group of graduates. You have completed your legal studies against the backdrop of a global pandemic. In the process, you have worked remarkably hard, adapted to unprecedented changes, navigated personal difficulties, and advocated for your classmates and communities.
It is fitting that you have been tested by fire, because your skills and commitment are needed now more than ever. The pandemic has laid bare the deep injustices that plague our nation. It is both a calling and a gift that as lawyers, you get to be part of building a better, stronger, more just, and more resilient society.
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: Patrick Holahan
The NYLS community warmly remembers Patrick Holahan, a member of the Class of 2020. Patrick passed away on January 9, 2017, while he was a first-year student in the Evening Division. He was a warm and kind person who—just one semester into law school—stood out among his classmates for his good humor, friendship, and commitment to his studies. Patrick excelled in his academics and showed great promise as a future lawyer. He also quickly attracted a loyal group of friends and earned the respect of his teachers. Patrick’s life was cut tragically short, but his memory and example are still very much with us. We are proud to present his NYLS degree to his family, in recognition of his achievements inside and outside the classroom. We miss him, we treasure our memories of him, and we will carry his wisdom and kindness with us for the years to come.