ABA President to Deliver Address at American University Washington College of Law Commencement

Media: Please RSVP before 2 p.m. on Friday, May 20. During office hours contact Jason Policastro at 202-895-4537. On the day of the ceremony contact Franki Fitterer at 202-321-6183 (cell).

More information on Commencement details is viewable here.

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WASHINGTON, DC, May 9, 2011 - Stephen N. Zack, the first Hispanic and Cuban-American president of the American Bar Association, will deliver the commencement address to graduates of American University Washington College of Law on Sunday, May 22, at 1 p.m. The commencement ceremony will be held at American University's Bender Arena, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

Zack is president of the American Bar Association and is the first Hispanic American to assume the ABA presidency. He was the first Hispanic American and youngest president of the Florida Bar. He has also served as president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and as chair of the ABA's House of Delegates - one of the nation's most influential positions on matters relating to the legal profession. He is a member of the ABA International Law Section and has served on the ABA Board of Governors.

"Stephen Zack is a national leader in the legal profession, and we are honored to have him as our commencement speaker," said Dean Claudio Grossman. "The class of 2011 has been engaged in the pursuit of justice for all people, both here in Washington, DC, and around the nation and the world. Their dedication and drive will serve them well as they embark on their legal careers."

In the Spring 2011 graduating class, 444 students will be earning their Juris Doctor (JD), 99 graduating with a Master of Laws (LL.M.)– 74 with an LL.M. in International Legal Studies and 25 with an LL.M. in Law and Government - and five with a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD).

The commencement ceremony will be webcast live on the American University Washington College of Law website: wcl.american.edu. The ceremony will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by a reception on the AU Quadrangle. Tickets are not required. More information about the ceremony can be found on our commencement web page.

Media who wish to cover this event should contact Franki Fitterer at 202-274-4279 or ffitterer@wcl.american.edu.

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American University Washington College of Law

In 1896, American University Washington College of Law became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 100 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. The law school's nationally and internationally recognized programs (in clinical legal education, trial advocacy, international law, and intellectual property to name a few) and dedicated faculty provide its 1700 JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC and around the world. For more information, visit wcl.american.edu.