Commencement Archive


Alexandra D. DiPentima
, former chief judge, Connecticut Appellate Court

Student Speakers:

  • Muhammet Ekrem Aksoy (Master of Laws)
  • Chelsea C. McCallum (Evening Division)
  • Demery Joelle Ormrod and Mallori Deanna Thompson (Day Division)

Student Speakers:

  • Elvis Ampadu (Master of Laws)
  • Mark Lockwood (Evening Division)
  • Sebastian Iagrossi (Day Division)

Donald B. Verrilli Jr.
, former U.S. solicitor general
video | transcript

Student Speakers:

Honorable Cornelia T.L. Pillard, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Student Speakers:

  • Marianne Elshof (Master of Laws)
  • Ruth Reynolds Fortune (Evening Division)
  • Andrew Mark Ammirati(Day Division)

Emily Bazelon, Senior Research Scholar, Yale Law School

Student Speakers:

  • Alyssa Gabrielle Ablaza Medella (Master of Laws)
  • Benedict Richard Daigle (Evening Division)
  • Ahmed M. Galal (Day Division)

Honorable Christopher F. Droney, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Student Speakers:

  • Paolo Junior Trofino (Master of Laws)
  • Kelechi Ndu (Evening Division)
  • Zachary Vincent Alexander (Day Division)

Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Director of the Poliak Center for the Study of First Amendment Issues at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (transcript)

Student Speakers:

  • Monica M. Vargas Huertas (Master of Laws) transcript | video
  • Siddharth Sinha (Evening Division)
  • William R. Rath (Day Division)

Barry Scheck, Co-Director of the Innocence Project and Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Student Speakers:

  • Rojia Afshar (Master of Laws)
  • Christopher J. Borchert (Day Division)
  • Roopa Modha (Evening Division)

Neal Kumar Katyal,
Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States; Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law, Georgetown University; and Partner, Hogan Lovells
Student Speakers:
Fernando Vieira Luiz (Master of Laws), Donald F. Fenton (Evening Division) and Robert C. Yamartino (Day Division)

The Honorable John R. Lewis, United States Congressman, Georgia, 5th district
Student Speakers: Ines Franke (Master of Laws), Sebastiano Toratore (Day Division) and Eduardo A. Torrealba (Evening Division)

The Honorable George C. Jepsen, Attorney General, State of Connecticut
Student Speakers: Laura Schmitt (Master of Laws), John A. B. Langmaid (Evening Division) and Hillary C. Wasicek (Day Division

Linda Greenhouse, Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Student Speakers: Esteban Carranza (Master of Laws), Patrick R. Linsey (Day Division) and Michael S. Tehan (Evening Division)

Sheila C. Blair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Student Speakers: Tara Lynn Trifon (Evening Division) and Meghan Elizabeth Reilly (Day Division)

The Honorable Chase T. Rogers, Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court
Student Speakers: Anthony D. Goodman (Day Division) and Robert M. Schanbaum (Evening Division)

Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Student Speakers: Robert L. Dunn (Day Division) and Christine R. Edwards (Evening Division)

The Honorable Allyson Duncan, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Student Speakers: Bruce H. Adams (Day Division) and Heather Alexandria Vernon (Evening Division)

The Honorable Sheppard Arnold, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

The Honorable Dennis Wayne Archer, Mayor, Detroit Michigan

The Honorable Albie Sachs, Justice Constitutional Court of South Africa

Patricia McGowan Wald, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Speech: Lessons Learned from 50 Years in The Legal Profession

Clare Dalton, Matthews Distinguished University Professor, Northeastern  University School of Law

Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for United States

The Honorable Harry T. Edwards, Chief Justice, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia
Student Speaker: Michael A. McHale
Toast: Susan V. Chmieleski

The Honorable José A. Cabranes, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Student Speaker: Brian C. Clifford
Toast: Joseph A. Spadaro

The Honorable Joette Katz ’77, Assistant Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court
Student Speaker: Peregrine A. J. Zinn-Rowthorn
Toast: Alexandra D. Mease-White

Martha L. Minow, Professor, Harvard Law School
Student Speaker: John Bailey Kennelly
Toast: Henry Keith Snyder

Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Student Speaker: Joshua Evan Greenberg
Toast: David L. Gitlin

Morton J. Horwitz, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School
Student Speakers: Joseph Charles Steffan (Day Division) and Stephen Edward Shoop (Evening Division)

The Honorable Thomas J. Meskill ’56, Chief Judge, United States Court of  Appeals for the Second Circuit and former Governor, Connecticut
Student Speakers: Paula A. Hughes (Day Division) and Peggy Jacobsen Webbe (Evening Division).

The University’s president approved a formal separate ceremony for the School of Law.
Floyd Abrams, Esq., Attorney at Law, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel
Student Speakers: James P. Biondolillo (Day Division) and Frank E. Rudewicz, Jr. (Evening Division)
Toast: Joseph W. McQuade

The Honorable Jon O. Newman, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Student Speakers: Theodore  C. Morris (Day Division) and Linda F. Clough (Evening Division

The Honorable Christopher J. Dodd, United States Senator, Connecticut
Student Speakers: Frederick M. O’Brien (Day Division) and Kimberly B. Marroni (Evening Division)

The Honorable Lowell P. Weicker Jr., President, Research America, former U.S. Senator for Connecticut [1971-1989] and former Governor of Connecticut [1991-1995]
Speech: The Societal Perils of “No New Taxes”
Student Speakers: David D. Kennedy (Day Division) and Nyle K. Davey (Evening Division)

Jacob Zeldes, Attorney at Law, Zeldes, Needle and Cooper
Speech: The ABCs of the Legal Profession
Student Speakers: Thomas V. Dailey (Day Division) and Dennis R. Ferguson (Evening Division)

The Honorable José Cabranes, Judge, U.S. District Court
Speech: Bicentennial Celebration of the U.S. Constitution
Student Speakers: Michael P. McKeon (Day Division) and Mary B. O’Connor (Evening Division)

The Honorable Ellen A. Peters, Chief Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court [1984-1996], Professor of Law at Yale and later, visiting Professor of Law at University of Connecticut School of Law
Speech: History of the Bar and Using Uncertainty in the Law to Bring Forth Justice
Student Speaker: Robert J. Cary, Jr.
Fact: Red Mass tradition begins