June 4, 2012
More than 140 CUNY School of Law students received their Juris Doctor degrees at the graduation ceremony in May. “We are confident our graduates will make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged and disempowered. As public interest lawyers, they follow proudly in the tradition of CUNY Law alums who serve the greater good,” said CUNY Law Dean Michelle J. Anderson.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis was the 2012 commencement speaker. His remarks at the ceremony were later featured in the New York Law Journal. Ellis, who dedicated most of his legal career to being a civil rights lawyer and activist with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, also received an honorary degree. Along with Ellis, both Dikgang Moseneke, deputy chief justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and Radhika Coomaraswamy, under-secretary-general, special representative for children and armed conflict at the United Nations, received honorary degrees.