Michelle J. DePass '92 to Speak at Graduation

April 19, 2012

Fordham Law alumna Michelle J. DePass '92 will give the graduation address andMichelle J. DePass '92 receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Law School's 105th diploma ceremony on Sunday, May 20, at Radio City Music Hall.

Appointed by President Obama, DePass currently serves as Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs at the Environmental Protection Agency. Throughout her distinguished career she has worked as a lawyer, public administrator, and policy analyst with environmental and human and civil rights organizations, academic institutions, labor, and all levels of government.

Additional highlights of her resume include positions as Executive Director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Program Officer for an initiative on Environmental Justice and Healthy Communities at the Ford Foundation, Environmental Manager of the City of San Jose, and William Kunstler Racial Justice Fellow with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York.

In addition to holding a J.D. from Fordham Law, DePass earned a B.A. in political science from Tufts University and a master of public administration from Baruch College's School of Public Affairs.