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Pace Law School's Thirty-Ninth Annual Commencement 2017

  • On Sunday, May 14, 2017, Pace Law held its 39th annual commencement. 
  • More than 190 students received a JD, LLM or SJD degree at the event.
  • Litigator Roberta Kaplan was the honorary speaker who addressed the graduating class and their families.  

Congratulations from the Dean for Students

Dear Members of the Graduating Class,

Congratulations on the completion of your legal education. You will be joining a distinguished group of alumni and we hope that you will continue your relationship with the Law School through the alumni association.

I have watched you work hard and persevere to become the best lawyers you can be. You have been given the tools you need to pursue the dreams that brought you here; how you choose to use those tools is now in your hands.

I look forward to seeing you at the commencement. This Web site will be your guide through the various steps leading to commencement and should answer most of your questions. The material on the following pages contains important information about the graduation process and procedures. Please read this information carefully so that we can ensure a successful graduation ceremony. If you require more specific information regarding commencement, please feel free to contact Director of Commencement, Kay Longworth - Pace Law School Special Events Coordinator, at (914) 422-4360.

Best wishes for your continued success.

Sincerely,

Angela M. D’Agostino, Esq.
Dean for Students

Important Graduate Information

TIME AND PLACE:
Commencement will take place on Monday, May 14, 2018 on the green at Good Counsel - rain or shine.

TIME OF ARRIVAL:
Graduates are asked to arrive by 9:00 a.m. for robing and formation of the Line of March. Please report to the Cafeteria.

LINE OF MARCH:
When you arrive at the Cafeteria, you will receive one yellow 4 x 7 card. You will carry this card in the procession and hand it to the reader, as you approach the stage.

You will note that the yellow 4 X 7 card has a number on it. You are to line up in numerical order – which automatically will put you in the correct alpha order for the ceremony. It is important that you maintain your proper place in line.

The yellow 4 X 7 card will be given to the photographer after your name is read.

PROCESSIONAL:
At 9:45 a.m. you will form two lines to process. At 9:55 a.m. Dean Horace Anderson will lead the processional.

As you walk down the steps of Ottinger Hall into the Preston Quad, you will receive a hood. Place the hood over your arm and carry it with you to your seat. You will then carry it with you onto the stage.

Please remain standing until all of the graduates have processed and are at their seats.

CEREMONY:
The Dean will ask the LL.M./CLS, LL.M/EL candidates to proceed to the stage first. The SJD, LL.M./CLS, LL.M./EL candidates will be seated in the right hand section of seats (as you face the stage) and are to proceed to the stage. You will then present your card to the Dean at the podium next to the stairs. After your name has been read, you proceed up the stairs and stop directly in front of the Professor who will be doing the hooding. Please face the audience and bend slightly backward so that the hood can be placed over your shoulders. Once you have been hooded, you will proceed to shake hands with President Friedman. You will then proceed across the stage to be greeted by the Dean who will present you with a diploma certificate case containing a congratulations letter. You will exit the stage by proceeding to the left ramp. Please stop for your photograph and proceed to walk around the entire section returning to your seat.

PLEASE NOTE: BEFORE YOU PROCEED TO THE STAGE, REMOVE YOUR CAP AND LEAVE IT ON YOUR CHAIR.

This routine will then be repeated with the J.D. candidates when the Dean asks them to approach the stage.

Those graduates seated in the right section of seats (as you face the stage) will proceed to the stairs on the right side of the stage first, to be followed by the left section of seats (as you face the stage). Both sections will proceed up the right side of the stage.

RECESSIONAL:
At the end of the program, please remain at your seat until the platform party members have left the stage and have led the recessional. Graduates will immediately follow the platform party out via the center aisle.

CAPS AND GOWNS:
The gown and the hood are rentals and therefore must be returned immediately after the ceremony. You may keep your cap and tassel. A return area will be set up on the landing of the Gerber Glass building. You will not receive your diploma until the apparel is returned. All graduates will be billed for academic apparel that is not returned.

DISTRIBUTION OF DIPLOMAS:
You will receive a letter from the Registrar’s Office, sometime in mid-June, with instructions about picking up your diploma.

TRAFFIC/PARKING:
All cars must enter the grounds from North Broadway only and will be directed to make a right turn at the security booth and enter campus through the Good Counsel property. Tandem parking will be in place in the lower lots and shuttle service will be provided. At the conclusion of the ceremony, all cars will exit from the lower parking lot gate. Security officers will direct the flow of traffic.

SPECIAL PARKING:
If you have a guest with limited mobility due to a disability, we ask that you or the driver STOP AT THE SECURITY BOOTH for special instructions on parking or the discharging of passengers.

In the event of rain:
The parking behind Dannat Hall will be reserved for passengers or drivers with wheel chairs. A security guard will be stationed at that parking lot to direct guests to the designated seating areas under the tent.

Rain or Sun:
It is important that guests who require wheel chairs NOT BE DISCHARGED FROM THEIR VEHICLES IN THE LOWER LOTS. Our security staff will assist you in assuring the safety of our guests with special needs, but they cannot do so if you attempt to bring these guests from the lower lots.

LENGTH OF CEREMONY:
The ceremony will last approximately two hours.

REFRESHMENTS:
After the ceremony, there will be light refreshments for graduates and their guests held on the lawn between Preston Hall and Aloysia Hall. In the event of rain, refreshments will be served in the Tudor room and the Preston Student Lounge.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES:
It is a violation of University policy for anyone to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage, including beer, during any part of the commencement program from the moment of arrival on campus. A violation of this policy may disqualify the violator from participation in the commencement program. Anyone who appears to be intoxicated will also be disqualified from participation.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS:
Please note that we do not have facilities to check personal items. Women should not bring handbags. If you must, we suggest leaving it with one of your guests. If men prefer not to wear their suit jacket under the gown we suggest that it be left with one of your guests.

The facilities staff will be cleaning the cafeteria soon after the processional begins. We are not responsible for valuables left behind.

VIDEOGRAPHY:
Christopher's Studio, a local video company, will record the event and sell DVD copies. You must place your order directly with them using this Order Form.

REQUIRED EXIT FORM:
All graduates must complete the Required Exit Form from the Office of Professional and Career Development. Please print the form out, complete it and bring it to Cap & Gown pick up.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
If you have any questions or concerns, or require any of the forms, please do not hesitate to contact Kay Longworth at 422-4360 or by e-mail to klongworth@law.pace.edu.

Academic Attire

Academic attire consisting of a cap, gown and hood will be distributed to all graduates participating in the ceremony. Graduating students must order the cap and gown online. Instructions on ordering will be e-mailed to students.

Accommodations

LOCAL HOTELS

These listings do not constitute an endorsement of these establishments by Pace University School of Law.

Hampton Inn, Elmsford - (914) 592-5680

Crowne Plaza, White Plains - (914) 682-0050

Sheraton - (914) 332-7900

Renaissance Westchester Hotel - (800) 891-2696

Ritz Carlton, White Plains, NY - (914) 946-5500

Residence Inn Marriott, White Plains, NY - (914) 761-7700

Guest Seating and Tickets

SEATING AND TICKETS
The graduation ceremony is a special occasion for family and friends of the graduates and seating is designated primarily for them. Except for the graduates, there are no reserved seating areas. Graduates requiring special arrangements regarding the seating or line of march should contact Kay Longworth (914) 422-4360 or by e-mail at klongworth@law.pace.edu.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will still take place on the Good Counsel Lawn. Space under the tent will be limited to the graduates only.

GUESTS REQUIRING SPECIAL PARKING AND SEATING ACCOMMODATIONS
It is the responsibility of the graduates to inform us if a guest requires special arrangements regarding parking or seating. Our disabled parking is limited but Security will keep a list of those people that will need to be discharged at the Security booth so that they may easily navigate onto the lawn. The driver of the vehicle will then be instructed to follow the traffic flow to the parking areas.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographs will also be taken by a photographer during the commencement ceremony. The photographer will take individual photos of graduates as graduating students leave the stage. Proofs will be mailed with an order form and pricing information.

Commencement Speaker

Roberta Kaplan, Partner, Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison was the 2017 commencement speaker. A speaker for the 2018 commencement will be announced shortly. 

As a partner in the Paul, Weiss Litigation Department, Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan has been described as a “litigation superstar,” a “powerhouse corporate litigator” and a “pressure junkie” who “thrives on looking at the big picture” whether “in the gay-marriage legal fight or high-profile corporate scandals.” The ABA Journal has explained that Robbie “could be described as a specialist in emerging law. She litigates cases that shape the legal structure within which Americans live, love, work and hail cabs. Describing a 2015 oral argument at the Fifth Circuit, one legal commentator noted that Robbie “deserves special recognition for her argument at the hearing.

Robbie successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court on behalf of her client Edith Windsor in United States v. Windsor, the landmark Supreme Court case. In Windsor, the nation's highest court ruled that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the U.S. Constitution by barring legally married same-sex couples from enjoying the wide-ranging benefits of marriage conferred under federal law. The consequences of the Windsor decision have been both rapid and profound. Dozens of courts throughout the United States have explicitly relied on Windsor to extend equal rights to gay people under the law.

An accomplished attorney long before she came to represent Edith Windsor, Ms. Kaplan offered concise, smart and well-reasoned responses to the judge’s questions.” In addition to receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Law Journal, Robbie has also been selected by The National Law Journal as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers” in the United States, as “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer, as “Lawyer of the Year” by Above the Law, and as the “Most Innovative Lawyer of The Year” by The Financial Times. The Financial Times noted that “the judges had little trouble picking just one of them to win the award for most innovative individual – itself an innovation for the report this year. Robbie Kaplan has been involved in some of the most important legal developments of recent years.”

Robbie has extensive experience representing a diverse group of clients such as JP Morgan Chase, Fitch Ratings, Columbia University, the Minnesota Vikings and Airbnb in complex, high-profile matters. She has been active, for example, in matters involving stock analyst's recommendations, market timing in mutual funds, reinsurance transactions, and structured finance transactions. During the period from 2007 through the most recent financial crisis, Robbie represented Fitch Ratings in dozens of regulatory investigations and civil litigations in both state and federal court relating to Fitch's credit ratings of RMBS, CDO, and municipal bond transactions. As a result, Robbie has developed an expertise dealing with the complex interplay between regulatory investigations, and the onslaught of civil lawsuits that often follow. Robbie currently serves as lead counsel for JP Morgan Chase in a multi-billion dollar lender liability proceeding arising out of the bankruptcy of Thornburg Mortgage, where she acts as "coordinating counsel" for the syndicate of five major lending institutions. Recently, she succeeded in obtaining dismissal of 22 of the original 31 claims in that case.

Robbie's achievements have been honored by many, including the American Constitution Society, LOGO/MTV, the National Council of Jewish Women, the New York Women's Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign, the Family Equality Council, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, and the New York County Lawyers' Association. She has received honorary doctorates from Johns Hopkins University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. Robbie currently serves as the co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) and is on the Board of Eye to Eye, whose mission is to develop mentoring programs for students with learning differences. Robbie serves as a subcommittee chair of New York's Commercial Division Advisory Council. She also is an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches a seminar on Advanced Civil Procedure.

Honorary Degree Recipients

Honorary degrees are awarded to prominent individuals whose accomplishments symbolize Pace's values and serve as inspirations for current students. Recipients become honorary members of the Pace alumni body. In this listing, the position or office indicated for the honorary degree recipient is the one held at the time of the conferring of the degree.

2017
Roberta Kaplan
Partner, Litigation, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison 
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2016
Eric Schneiderman
Attorney General, State of New York 
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2015
Preet Bharara
United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2014
Honorable Robert A. Katzmann
Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2013
Honorable Malachy E. Mannion
Chief United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Pennsylvania
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2012
Andrew L. Carter, Jr.
US District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2011
Jonathan Lippman
State of New York Chief Judge
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2010
Lisa P. Jackson
Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2009
Nina Totenberg
Legal Affairs Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2008
Hon. Theodore T. Jones, Jr.
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2007
Hon. Margaret A. Ryan
Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2006
Larry D. Thompson, Esq.
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary, PepsiCo Inc.
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2005
Mark Malloch Brown
Chief of Staff to the Secretary General, United Nations (UN)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2004
Raymond W. Kelly
Police Commissioner, City of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2003
Hon. Sonia Sotomayor
Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals-Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2002
Hon. Mary Jo White
United States Attorney, Southern District of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

2001
Jay C. Carlisle II
Professor of Law, Pace Law School

2000
Janet Reno
United States Attorney General
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1999
Anthony Kronman
Dean, Yale Law School
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1998
Hon. Guido Calabresi
Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals-Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1997
Drew S. Days III
Alfred M. Rankin Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1997
Peter Basil Carter
QC, Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1996
Derrick A. Bell Jr.
Visiting Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1995
The Right Honourable Gordon Slynn, Baron Slynn of Hadley, GBE, PC, QC
Member of the House of Lords, Parliament of the United Kingdom
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1994
Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1994
John Joseph Cronin
Hudson Riverkeeper
Juris Doctor (JD)

1993
Bernie Grant
Member of the House of Commons, Parliament of the United Kingdom
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1992
Hon. Sol Wachtler
Chief Judge, State of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1991
Hon. Robert Abrams
Attorney General of the State of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1990
Hon. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
United States Senator for New York
Medal of Honor

1990
Oleg Stephanovich Kolbasov
Deputy Director, Institute of State and Law of the USSR Academy of Sciences
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1989
Mario M. Cuomo
Governor of the State of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1988
Elliot L. Richardson
Partner, Milbank Tweed Hadley and McCloy LLP
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1988
Wolfgang Burhenne
Chairman of the Commission on Environmental Policy, Law, and Administration of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (Bonn)
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1987
Hon. Charles L. Brieant
Chief Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1986
Hon. Fritz W. Alexander III
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1985
Hon. Judith S. Kaye
Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1985
Michael L. Rovello
Supervisor, Town of Mount Pleasant, Westchester County, New York
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1985
Hon. Edward D. Re
Chief Judge, United States Court of International Trade
Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD)

1984
Edward J. Mortola
President of Pace University
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1984
John C. Haley
Executive Vice President, Chase Manhattan Bank; and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Pace University
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1983
Hon. Warren E. Burger
Chief Justice of the United States
Doctor of Humane Letters (LHD)

1982
Orville H. Schell, Jr., Esq.
Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1982
Hon. James D. Hopkins

Acting Dean, Pace Law School
Justice, New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division-Second Judicial Deptartment
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1981
Robert B. McKay, Esq.
Director, Institute of Judicial Administration and Senior Fellow, Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1980
Hon. Lawrence H. Cooke
Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

1979
Hon. William H. Mulligan
Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals-Second Circuit
Doctor of Laws (LLD)

Graduation Eligibility

Students who expect to receive degrees in January, May, and September 2017 are welcome to participate in the May 2017 commencement ceremony. All University “financial obligations” must be removed on or before May 1, 2017. If any academic requirements (with the exception of final grades) or financial obligations have not been met by this date, you will not be eligible to graduate. Inquiries regarding degree completion may be directed to the Registrar’s Office, Aloysia Hall, first floor.

DIPLOMAS

The Registrar’s Office will be notifying degree candidates about the dates for diploma distribution. Candidates must have completed all academic requirements and have no outstanding University “holds” to receive their diplomas. For additional information about diplomas, please contact the Registrar’s Office.