Commencement season has begun as the Pace Law School celebrates its 33rd Annual Commencement on May 8 in WP.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, an influential figure in the New York State judicial system for the past four decades, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the Commencement address.
Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals appointed by Governor David A. Paterson, has upheld the constitutional rights of the accused, insisting that the Fourth Amendment requires particularized concrete information to justify intrusive searches; striking down the warrantless secret planting of a GPS device on a citizen’s vehicle; and requiring trial courts to carefully scrutinize guilty pleas to ensure that they are truly informed and voluntary, and has played a central role in many far-reaching reforms including the introduction of problem-solving community courts, drug courts, and domestic violence courts throughout the state.
Lippman has been in the news recently for his fervent push, in the face of a state fiscal crisis, to increase funding for civil legal services programs that help low-income New York residents faced with foreclosures, evictions, domestic violence, and other legal problems. Lippman symbolizes a dedication to social justice embodied in Pace Law School’s clinics, centers, pro bono opportunities, and externship programs.
Check back next week as we highlight NYC and Westchester undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies!