Fordham Law

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Delivers Graduation Address at Law School Diploma Ceremony

May 20, 2013

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara gave the graduation address and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Fordham Law's 106th diploma ceremony, on
Preet Bharara addresses the graduates. Photo by Chris Taggart
Sunday, May 19, at Radio City Music Hall. 

Fordham University President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., and Fordham Law Dean Michael M. Martin conferred degrees on 660 graduates—481 of whom received J.D. degrees and 179 of whom received LL.M. degrees.

Bharara, appointed U.S. Attorney by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, has served in the position since 2009. He was featured in a Time magazine cover story, “This Man is Busting Wall Street,” and was also named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by the publication in 2012.

"I hope you always keep liberty and justice in your hearts, and think from this day forward what you can do with the diploma you have just earned," Bharara said to the graduates. "Because what you can do is truly limitless. Because the potential power of a law degree is, I believe, unmatched in American society."

Fordham Law alumna Sally J. Bellet '76 also received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree and spoke about the impact her grandfather, Louis Stein '26, had on the founding of the Law School's ethics center that bears his name.

The Eugene J. Keefe Award, presented by the Student Bar Association to the person who has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community, was given to Hillary Exter, Director of Student Organizations and Publicity in the Public Interest Resource Center. Hon. Richard Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, received the Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award. Professor Joseph Landau was presented with the Teacher of the Year Award.