We're only a couple of weeks away from law school commencements, so I thought I'd update the ol' commencement speaker list. Still no Jerry Springer-esque announcements, although Rudy Giuliani did once dress up in drag and let Donald Trump rub his face all over his chest. I think the folks at Drexel may be disappointed, however, if they're hoping for entertainment on par with that performance. Ed. note: If you click no other link today, click that one.
Anyway, here's the updated list:
- Ave Maria Law - His Eminence, Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit (sounds like fun!)
- Berkeley Law - UC Irvine Dean Erwin Chemerinsky
- Boston College Law - Fed Chairman Benjamin Bernanke
- Brooklyn Law School - Chair of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board Paul Volcker
- Cardozo Law - Justice Rosalie Abella, Supreme Court of Canada
- Case Western Reserve Law - Ohio Supreme Court Justice Robert M. Duncan
- Charleston Law - U.S. House Rep. James Clyburn
- Columbia Law - Former California Governor Gray Davis (a recall campaign is already heating up at CLS)
- Drexel Law - Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani
- GWU Law - 44th Solicitor General of the U.S. Gregory G. Garre
- Golden Gate Law - Litigator Patrick J. Coughlin
- Indiana Law - Deputy Director of the FBI John Pistole
- Lewis & Clark Law - trial lawyer Robert S. Bennett
- Loyola LA Law - Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Ruth V. McGregor
- Pace Law - NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg (Ed. Note: A strong contender for most interesting person on this list.)
- Pepperdine Law - President of the International Justice Mission Gary Haugen
- Santa Clara Law - Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan A. Stevenson
- South Texas Law - Houston Mayor Bill White
- University of Buffalo Law - Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Amolo Odinga (Where did this come from?)
- UC Davis Law - President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate Darrell Steinberg
- UC Hastings - Congresswoman Jackie Speier
- U of Pittsburgh Law - President and CEO of the NAACP Benjamin Todd Jealous
- U of Minnesota Law - Chief Judge, U.S. District Court Michael J. Davis
- USD Law - Qualcomm President Steven R. Altman
- USF Law - President of the Children's Defense Fund Marian Wright Edelman
- UVA Law - 4th Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III
- Vermont Law - Natural Resources Defense Council President Frances Beinecke
- Wake Forest Law - Former Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich Jr.
- Whittier Law - U.S. District Court Judge for the Central District of California David O. Carter
All things considered, Nina Totenberg remains the most interesting speaker on the list. Get it? Because All Things Considered is a show on NPR...
Alright, let us know if you hear about any commencement announcements we should add to the list.