Supreme Court Advocate Announced as Washington College of Law Commencement Speaker


Graduating Students and Guests: Visit the Commencement Page for Details


WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2009 – Seth Waxman, a Supreme Court advocate and partner at WilmerHale’s regulatory and government affairs departments will address the 2009 graduating class of American University Washington College of Law.  The commencement ceremony will be held at American University’s Bender Arena, 4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW, on Sunday, May 24 at 1 p.m.  The ceremony will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by a reception on the AU Quadrangle.

Universally considered to be among the country's premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates, Waxman has delivered more than 50 oral arguments in the nation’s highest court.  He also served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 through January 2001.

Waxman will be addressing a graduating class of 426 J.D. (Juris Doctor), 58 LL.M. (Master of Laws), and 4 S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) students. 

”Seth Waxman exemplifies the highest values of the legal profession, and was nominated to be our 2009 commencement speaker by our superb graduating class,” said WCL Dean Claudio Grossman.  “This class has distinguished itself through exceptional contributions to the betterment of society.  Our students have created NGOs to promote women’s rights and access to education by impoverished youth, and have volunteered in impact litigation cases promoting freedom of expression.  Their creativity has led to the development of new and diverse initiatives ranging from strengthening environmental protections to promoting sound business practices.  The commitment and passion for the rule of law as exhibited by WCL’s 2009 graduating class bodes well for the future of the legal profession.”

In addition to leading the firm's appellate practice, Waxman engages in a broad litigation and counseling practice, with particular emphasis on complex challenges involving governments or public policy issues. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he also is a widely respected business trial litigator and has beenranked amongWashingtonian magazine's "Top 30 Lawyers," and listed under "Bet-the-Company-Litigation" (among other categories) in The Best Lawyers in America

The commencement ceremony will be webcast live on the WCL website.  The ceremony will last approximately two hours, and will be followed by a reception on the AU Quadrangle.  Tickets are not required for the reception.

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