August 8, 2011
More than 100 CUNY School of Law students received their Juris Doctor degrees at the graduation ceremony in May. “CUNY Law’s 2011 graduates are passionate advocates, eager to devote themselves to lawyering for social justice,” said CUNY Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson. Civil rights leader Julian Bond, who helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was the 2011 commencement speaker. Bond also received an honorary degree, along with anti-death penalty activist and musician Steve Earle, who performed at the ceremony.