ABA President Delivers Remarks at 2011 Commencement

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

"You have spent your life reading millions of words," Zack said. "Today, I only want to talk to you about four words. These are the four words you will see when you walk through the giant columns of the United States Supreme Court: equal justice under law. That is a promise that we make to all Americans."

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 earned 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 four with a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD).

More information about the ceremony can be found on our commencement web page.