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Professors Deliver Commencement Speeches

May 9, 2012 — As Commencement Weekend 2012 approaches, Georgetown Law professors will be addressing graduates at law schools from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Los Angeles and beyond.

“It is a great credit to the caliber of our faculty that they will be heard by law graduates in this country and abroad,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor.

Professor Neal Katyal will speak to law graduates at the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, on May 19 and at the University of Virginia School of Law May 20. Katyal is planning two different speeches — a challenge, he says, since they’ll be delivered one day apart.

“At Virginia, I plan to talk about three life lessons for lawyers, ripped from the headlines (derived from the recent Supreme Court health care case),” Katyal says. “At Lewis and Clark, I will spend the time exploring what makes a great lawyer — outside and inside the courtroom.”

Students from UCLA Law will be tweeting on May 11 as Professor Chai Feldblum takes to the podium. Feldblum, currently a commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, hopes “to get the graduates energized about doing social justice through participating in the creation of law, developing policies in practice and changing social norms — all with a heavy dose of social media!”

The Linda D. and Timothy J. O’Neill Professor of Global Health Law Lawrence Gostin will deliver the commencement address to law graduates at the University of Sydney (Australia) on May 25. He will focus on his “three passions” — mental health, civil liberties and public health. Gostin, who also serves as faculty director of Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, will receive an honorary doctorate of law.

“I feel humbled and honored by the confidence that the University of Sydney has shown in me,” said Gostin. “I accept this honor on behalf of Georgetown Law.”

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