Syracuse University College of Law – Commencement 2016

>> Dean Banks, by authorization of the University and the College of Law faculties, I declare

the year 2016 Commencement exercises of the Syracuse University College of Law to be in session [Applause] >> Please stand for the National Anthem, which will be performed by Gabriela Wolfe, Class of 2016 [Applause] >> O say, can you see, By the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed At the Twilight’s last gleaming Whose broad stripes and bright stars, Through the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watched, Were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, The bombs bursting in air Gave proof through the night That our flag was still there; O say, does that star spangled Banner yet wave O’er the land of the free And the home of the brave? [Applause] >> Vice President Biden, Chancellor Syverud, members of the Syracuse University Board of Trustees, and College of Law Board of Advisors, faculty and staff, colleagues, friends, and family of our graduates, and finally, members of the Class of 2016, welcome to the Commencement

ceremony for the JD and LL.M. candidates in the Class of 2016 Graduates, please stand Now, I want you to turn around a give a big shout out and round of applause to the family and friends and loved ones who have brought you to this day today [Applause] You may be seated In my brief remarks today I have a few things I want to say about the Class of 2016 I’ve been a member of the faculty of the College of Law for a long time, and it may be that I’ve paid closer attention to all of you this year because I’ve been serving as your Interim Dean, but even allowing for my biased perspective, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the accomplishments of the Class of 2016 rifle those of any class in the history of Syracuse University College of Law [Applause] You guys rock! One of your distinctions, of course, is being the last graduating class to have spent a year many our old buildings before transitioning to Dineen Hall You tolerated the move, you’ve thrived in and embraced your new surroundings What a difference! Your class president, Dustin Osborne, will speak about the class gift and the terrific story that led to it I’ll lay the foundation for Dustin by saying that this year was the College of Law’s first time participating in the Syracuse University class act student giving initiative In this first year of participation all of you, the College of Law Class of 2016, ended the year with the highest percentage of participation among graduating students in any college at Syracuse University You guys rock! [Applause] Through your support of the college, you’ve created a legacy A legacy is important A legacy serves to inspire and to challenge us to work hard and excel in whatever we do If you look around us here today, you’ll see some of our best exemplars, the Vice President of the United States Members of our faculty and staff Syracuse University trustees, College of Law advisory and alumni board members, they are part of a living legacy Through their generosity they have provided scholarship support for many of you just as your generosity will support our law students in the future Earlier this year I established the Beau Biden scholarship fund to honor the legacy of my former student, our friend and alumnus, Beau Biden, from the class of 1994 [Applause] Our College of Law community members have once again come together to further fund the scholarship, including two of our alumni here today, Richard Alexander and Chris Fallon We have created a lasting tribute to Beau, reflecting his impact on the College of Law, as well as Beau’s significant accomplishments in public life I’m pleased to announce that our first Beau Biden scholar is Natassia Fodor, from the class of 2017 [Applause] Focusing again now on your JD graduates, you participated in some remarkable programs and initiatives this year To name just a few, several INSCT students worked on the Syria accountability project, produced a white paper helping to document for the future justice initiatives against those responsible for the atrocities committed against civilians in that horrific conflict Others of you participated in the Veterans Law Clinic and helped provide legal services to this richly deserving and underserved segment of our society Others of you participated in the DC externship program, a popular and rewarding semester

long experience working in government, business, or law firms in Washington, D.C Just a few weeks ago our Law Review students hosted the national conference of Law Reviews annual three day conference for over 45 schools in Dineen Hall, attended by over 160 students The NCLR is a very prestigious event and included excellent panel discussions and presentations by Chancellor connect Kent Kent Syverud and Yale law professor, Eugene Fidell And around the same time I received a phone call at home on a Friday night, notifying me that one of our 3Ds, Cory Schoonmaker, was one of ten national winners of the Burton award, perhaps the most prestigious award given to students for their legal writing Cory will attend an awards dinner in Washington where the speakers include Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer Then there are our award winning moot court teams To name just a few highlights, the national moot court competition Boston regional, our 3Ls earned best brief and best advocate In the St. John’s securities triage long, our students won the advocates choice award Our three lymphosarcomas also won awards at the Jessup international moot court competition, the hockey arbitration competition of Canada, the Thurgood Marshall competition, and the national trial competition Turning to our LL.M. class, they also had some remarkable milestone achievements this year Again, to name just a few, one of our December 2015 graduates, Goran Al Jaf, met with the Vice President’s security advisor to discuss the Yazidi genocide and the enslavement of Yazidi women During his visit Goran presented to the white house staff a paper he had written on the crisis with ISIS, including his recommendations for how the international criminal court could bring those ISIS leaders to justice LL.M. student Dima Hussain and graduate Roula Jneid both also originally from Syria participated in a panel discussion on the Syrian refugee crisis sharing their perspectives on the conflict based on personal experiences In February, the LL.M. class staged a silent vigil in the Levy atrium of Dineen Hall to raise awareness of the Syrian conflict and the human rights abuses occurring there JD students, faculty, and staff joined in the vigil in solidarity with the cause Finally, several LL.M. students have spent the year volunteering for the Syracuse University program for refugee assistance Teaching English and working with refugees on their transition into life in America I’m going to close with a very short story and with sincere congratulations to all of you and all who have helped you toward this moment of accomplishment The story goes like this: There was a businessman who had ordered a floral bouquet to be sent to the grand opening of a friend’s new branch office When he arrived at the grand opening ceremony he found, much to his dismay, that the flowers had arrived with a card that said rest in peace Well, the next day, embarrassed and slightly angry, he called the florist to complain, only to be told by a very quick witted florist, don’t worry, just think of it this way, somewhere in town yesterday some poor soul was buried under a sign that said good luck in your new location! That’s what I witch you now wish you now, good luck in all your new locations [Applause] It’s my pleasure now to introduce Dustin Osborne, who serves as the class president for the Class of 2016 Dustin is also an associate notes editor of the Syracuse Law Review and has been a student mentor Dustin [Applause] >> He’s a little taller Thank you, Dean Banks, Mr. Vice President, faculty, staff, administration, distinguished guests, family and friends, and of course, the beautiful graduating class

of 2016 [Applause] I would especially like to thank the Vice President for taking some of the pressure off me today Once my boss heard that the Vice President was going to be our commencement speaker, he asked me to make sure I got an autograph I told him I would also be speaking and be sure to sign a program for him, but he said that he would have to fire me, so I’m guessing they didn’t print tickets this year so you can hear me talk In all seriousness, I am honored to have the privilege to stand before you The Class of 2016 is an amazing class that is going to accomplish incredible things upon leaving here today as graduates I have known for a while that I had the daunting task of giving this speech at Commencement, so I asked around for advice, but it was to no avail Most of the faculty and staff who have gone through these Commencement ceremonies multiple times essentially said the same thing the Carrier Dome ironically doesn’t have air conditioning, so keep it brief and wear as little clothing as you can get away with So don’t worry, I will in fact keep it short and sweet Just like me I would first like to turn everyone’s attention to the College of Law faculty I’ve always thought of Law School of being like the beginning of a jungle where you’re given a machete and you have to carve your own path These are the people that help teach us how to cut The Res Ipsa Loquitur award is our Class’s opportunity to thank a special member of the faculty Res Ipsa Loquitur is a Latin phrase that means “the thing speaks for itself.” Since the award’s inception in 2005, each graduating class has recognized a member of the faculty whose tireless devotion and contributions to the students truly speaks for itself This year’s recipient has done some astounding things both for students and the College of Law as a whole A graduate of Yale and Harvard Law, he has run the extraordinary Low Income Taxpayer Clinic since its founding in 2002 Perhaps more impressively, he somehow has found a way to make students fascinated with Tax Law While I did not have the privilege of having him as a professor during school, students who have describe him as brilliant, engaging, and quote, “who I want to be when I grow up,” although that may be because I hear he has a boat Additionally, this recipient’s history with this award is beginning to speak for itself Not only has he won it twice previously, but in a triennial fashion, winning it every three years So look out in 2019 Everyone please join me in congratulating this year’s recipient of the Res Ipsa Loquitur award, Professor Robert Nassau [Applause] Next I want to briefly talk about the legacy that our Class began this year The Class Gift It all started with an alumni breakfast held during orientation week this past fall I was randomly assigned to the table with Alan Epstein, and after we finished talking about our love of college football, he said: “So Dustin, you’re a 3L I have an idea that I’d like to get started with this graduating class I guess this is really more of a conversation for your class president.” Which is when I had to interrupt him and say, “funny you should mention that!” We got to talking, and he wanted to work with me and our class to start a Class Gift fund, the proceeds of which would go to a scholarship for a student who would not otherwise receive one I am proud to announce that in this inaugural year of the Class Gift, our class has raised $3,650.10 for this fund [Applause] In addition, with the generous offer from Alan Epstein and Melanie Gray to match this amount, the total comes to $10,950.30 [Applause] Most incredibly, about 81% of our graduating class participated in this donation, which is truly remarkable [Applause] Finally, to the Class of 2016 what a ride I know the one thing you are all sad about on this special day is the fact that you will stop receiving as many emails from me But don’t fret, I’m sure I’ll find a way As if Law School wasn’t enough of a whirlwind, our class had the chance to experience some events that most other classes can’t say We started a legacy with our Class Gift fund

We hosted the National Conference of Law Reviews We are the last class that experienced the dungeon esque feel of the old building We had the privilege of having two esteemed deans of our law school and helped welcome in a third We began our first basketball season 25 0 and ended with the mens’ and womens’ Final Fours And we did the impossible and convinced the Vice President to come to our school not just once, but twice [Applause] With all of these transitions and challenges that occurred during our law school tenure, it truly was a grind But life is hard because it’s worth it We have accomplished so incredibly much over the past three years in cementing our status as the greatest class in history, I have no doubt that we can make amazing things happen after today Those of you who know me really well know that I have an affinity for new and impressive words because, as you all know, Law School turns you into a big nerd I came across one not too long ago that really made me think of our class in a really endearing way The word is “obstreperous,” and it means “noisy and difficult to control.” And I think we should embrace that With this degree, let’s go out there, rock the bar, be obstreperous and successful and make history in whatever our passions may be, and continue to cut through that jungle to make our paths and lives extraordinary Congratulations, Class of 2016 [Applause] >> As Associate Dean for international directives and executive director of the LL.M. it’s my pleasure to introduce the LL.M. class speaker, Ahmed Hmeedat, please come to the stage Ahmed is the leader and will be giving our first LL.M. speaker at commencement, and we’re very excited Thank you so much [Applause] >> Ladies and gentlemen Welcome to so many great and talented folks, and thank you for allowing me to be the LL.M class spokesperson at this event My name is Ahmed Hmeedat, and I want to congratulate all my fellow LL.M and J.D. graduates and their families Also I would like to welcome our distinguished guest, the Vice President of the United States, and thank him for making this event one we’ll never forget Also many thanks for our alum and staff, for being so important in our journey that we complete here today We are the LL.M. student came to the U.S from 16 different countries around the world In order to study one year master degree in U.S. law And all of you are already lawyers, I would say most of us, business attorneys from Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua, Azerbaijan, and Spain, human rights advocates from Palestine, Syria, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Peru, and litigators from Brazil, India, Turkey, and South Korea And Iraq When we came when we started this program one year ago I assume we had no idea what we are going to do I assume all of us love the law When we came to Syracuse University and the United States, we were expecting to meet U.S citizens and we did, but guess what? Who knew that we make friends from all over the world? We came to study because we believe in the rule of law as one of the most effective mechanisms to develop our communities, achieve justice, and empower human rights Ladies and gentlemen, let me share with you my personal story at this ceremony I grew up in refugee camp in Palestine, near Jerusalem, and when I was in high school back in the days my favorite subject was to study law Because I believe that the rule of law and the development of a strong civil unoccupied society was what my country needed the most Later on I concluded that the practice of law requires courage In this respect I admire what the Vice President

has done in issues like health, immigration, he really has been such a leader I want to invite him to come to my refugee camp next year and join us in our struggle It would be great Coming from where I come from, a refugee camp, established in 1948, and living under the law of occupation in Palestine, my experience of law was different, totally different My experience of law was to see it as the tool of the powerful, to keep the weak in sub j, but what I and my colleagues we learned here from our professors at the LL.M. program, that the practice of law is that true law is about liberty And that all of us, lawyers, politicians, members of civil society, we all have the duty to ensure that the law protects justice, that the law is not equal is equal to tyranny Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a wonderful year When we all leave Syracuse University College of Law, we changed and ready to promote the rule of law in the next chapter of our lives, wherever this next chapter may take us Ladies and gentlemen, let me finish by singling out one of the best professors who had a great and splendid impact on our LL.M. class For the first time ever the LL.M. students voted for their favorite professor in order to award this person the Lucet Lex Mundum I hope I said it right To award this person award at this ceremony In fact, all of our faculty are understanding, but among them all, the class voted for one professor This professor is the director of the LL.M program and taught our commercial transaction course The course that we love the most! Ladies and gentlemen, I would like for Professor Aviva Abramovsky to step forward and receive her award [Applause] Congratulations, Professor Abramovsky, it has been a wonderful year It’s a pleasure and honor for all of us And thank you [Applause] >> Thank you >> It gives me great pleasure to introduce our commencement speaker, Joe Biden, the Vice President of the United States [Applause] A few minutes ago I spoke about the importance of service, of giving back, of working hard to achieve your goals There is no one in modern American life who more personifies those essential qualities than Vice President Biden Of course, the Vice President owes some portion of the success and achievements he has had to the legal education he received at SU College of Law As many of you know, Joe Biden was a member of the class of 1968, having entered with a half scholarship based on financial need with some additional assistance based on academics Having developed an abiding interest in politics and history as an undergraduate student, the future Vice President learned in Law School about the capacity of law and the legal process as agents of positive change in society After he moved with his family to Wilmington, Delaware, to begin practicing law, Senator Biden soon was attracted to electoral politics and in 1972 he became the fifth youngest person ever elected to the United States Senate Knowing what we now know about the Vice President, it should come as no surprise that his Senate campaign was given no chance of winning, that he had no money for a campaign, and that his sister and other family members ran and staffed his campaign from 1973 to 2009, Senator Biden served as an especially distinguished U.S. Senator

He became one of the body’s leading foreign policy experts, spearheading important U.S accomplishments and speaking out against our missteps He was also a tireless advocate for the rule of law in his role as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee It was there that Senator Biden undertook the long term project that produced the Violence against Women Act As Vice President, Joe Biden has stood tall He has masterfully navigated difficult congressional currents to gain approval for Key legislative initiatives sponsored by the White House, and He also uses some of the skills he learned at Syracuse University College of Law in forcing careful considerations of all sides of an argument or policy position in meetings with the President and his advisers in the White House I came to know Joe Biden in the early 1990s, when his son, Beau, was our College of Law student Beau enrolled in my national security law course, and when his dad came to visit, Joe would sometimes speak zero to my national security law class, I believe in those days it was about the Balkans, perhaps the first Gulf War So there after I worked for Senator Biden, and I came to appreciate what is now so widely known and understood about the Vice President That he responds to real people and their problems and that he is selflessly committed to service for the public good Syracuse University has also long known that our alumnus was a signal figure in modern American life In 1980 SU conferred on Senator Biden the chancellor’s medal, in 2005 the George Arents pioneer medal, the highest alumni award at Syracuse University for his excellence in public affairs and in 2009 in honorary degree to go along with his JD Finally, it gives me great pleasure to say that I’m a friend of someone who is a friend of Lady Gaga Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Vice President of the United States [Applause] >> Thank you all very, very much Thank you You’re very gracious Thank you I know I’m doing all right when the bandstands Thank you, gentlemen You know, I say to the parents and grandparents and siblings, you think Syracuse would have learned by now, this is the fifth time a Biden has addressed a Commencement I guess it has trouble getting anybody else to come It’s a great honor to be invited back Dean Banks, thank you not for the introduction, but for your friendship To the faculty and the staff, thank you for your service to this great institution I mean that sincerely To the chagrin of some of my professors, I actually taught for 21 years at Delaware Law School, advanced course in constitutional law and separation of powers And so I would not be accused of having any conflict, I taught it on Saturday mornings, it was a three hour course, three credit course And it satisfied for the writing requirement And even though I literally wrote the manuscript because I had some considerable experience in separation of powers and with the help of Banks and the help of the judiciary and foreign relations committee, there wasn’t a single class I taught, I did it for 19 years, I didn’t spend three hours preparing, either the night before or up early in that morning So my wife is a professor, she is a doctor at she teaches at community college, and I took the job thinking that maybe I wasn’t going to run again, this was 20 years ago, and I might want to teach But I realized you really have to work and my day job was better [Laughter] Thank you for your dedication, I really mean it, I genuinely, genuinely mean it And the Class of 2016, before I talk about you guys, I want to talk a little bit about those folks behind you Be nice to them

You may need them to pay off your college your Law School’s loans, you may need their help To the parents and grandparents and spouses and all who helped, it is an enormous sacrifice and enormous cost to get a graduate degree at any institution, a law degree at any institution, and I know you’ll all believe today that whatever part you played in that effort was worth it because as my dad would say, who never went to college, I asked him all the time why he thought it was so important I get a college degree and a law degree, he said because they can never take it from you I never fully understood that until I got older and realized what my father said, which was what you’ve learned, what you know, both equips you but also prevents you from rationalizing about things you might otherwise want to do that are easier And so I say to Class of 2016, you made it 11 months of winter and two weeks of fall and two weeks of spring [Laughter] I remember I remember I told the Dean this, I guess I shouldn’t start telling stories, because it will take too long, but my son, Beau, who was my soul, my son Beau, I talk to him every single day, and he called me his senior year, it was April the 13th, I used to always brag about tell my kids a story about the blizzard of ’66, 60 inches of snow here in Syracuse for real, 100 inches in Watertown I would tell my kids and then my grandkids that story So October the 13th, early in the morning, I got a call from my son, he never called in the morning, I said what’s the matter, honey? He said nothing, dad, I just walked up from Genesee, he said I just want you to know, it’s April 13th, it was Friday, April 13th, I thought he was going to make some joke about it being unlucky, everything unlucky for everyone is he also lucky for Bidens, but it’s April 13th, they just announced in the Law School lounge, 13 inches of snow fallen today And then he said they announced, dad, that more snow fallen this year than any time in recorded history, I think it was 198 inches, don’t hold me to the number Then he said dad, I now own the snow stories [Laughter] So not only did you make it through the winter, you climbed out of the dungeon into Dineen Hall, you actually have sunlight No more wheel of terror No more nightmares Professor Lape would be calling on you in class I had a similar experience with a professor named Alexander, who was my torts professor Because I was a scholarship student I got to take roll and sat all the way in the back, no one was ever absent, and everybody dreaded being called on by professional Lex an Alexander, and I had not prepared all that well, as a matter of fact, I’m embarrassed to say, I hadn’t even purchased the book yet And I was in the back of class and I had a great friend named Clayton Hale who lived here is a lawyer here, brilliant guy, I would always be able to borrow clay’s notes on the way home So he called on me, and I hadn’t read the case, I stood up and gave a ten-minute exposition on the case When I finished the entire class stood and applauded And the guy who graduated number one in our class, became the managing partner of Cromwell, reminded everyone when he supported me running for President, he said and the professor looked at Biden and the said, you know, Mr. Biden, you’ll probably become a very good advocate It’s obvious you don’t know a damn thing you’re saying But you spellbound the class for ten minutes That sort of summarizes my career at Syracuse [Laughter] But it’s a genuine it’s a true story, unfortunately He went on to be Dean of a Law School on the west coast It’s a genuine honor to be back at a place I love The Law School where I made incredible friends, who have lasted my whole life Including my best friend, jack Owens, who ended up becoming my law partner and then my brother in law Bob Osgood, Clay Hale, John Camino, Don MacNaughton, who named the facility after his mom, and so many others This law school educated and stood by me throughout my career

Professor Tom Maroney, I’m told he may be here, one of the finest guys I’ve ever known [Applause] Where are you, Tom? Stand up, man! Stand up [Applause] Professor is not only a man of great integrity, he convinced me that I could be whatever I wanted to be The only reason anybody ever questioned his judgment is he gave me an A in his course [Laughter] And guys like Sam Donnelly who taught here for 44 years, who was lost last year, the Dean Caris, Dean Miller, too many others to mention, they did everything for me They helped me Dean miller, I they helped me get my first job in the law I’ll never forget the concluding line, Dean Miller’s recommendation letter he wrote to me, I’m serious, it said, you’ll be indeed fortunate if you get Mr. Biden to work for you [Laughter] He never lied My classmates and my professors literally helped me get elected to the United States Senate At age 29 I was not able to be sworn in until I was until legally 13 days later This school, this Law School, my faculty, my friends, embraced me with open arms when six weeks later after being elected my wife and daughter were killed when a tractor trailer broadsided them and my two sons were not expected to live They’re with me When I announced I wasn’t going to be sworn in, two of my professors came to see me, encouraging me, telling me they’re only 17 and 120 people in American history that ever been elected to the United States Senate, and I had an obligation to my wife and my family Because they worked so hard The fact is that when I launched my first presidential bid in 1988 a number of my colleagues and a couple professors actually drove to Wilmington and got on the train and rode with me to my they were there at my announcement as I announced in Wilmington and rode with me to Washington, as I announced on the national stage as well They embraced me They embraced me when I lost As if I had won As if I had won They supported me in campaigns for the United States Senate, two as Vice President The type of loyalty that this school has extended to me is truly rare And genuinely welcoming It was the same for my son Beau, who loved Syracuse as well You embraced him when he enrolled here, no the as a Senator’s son, but as Beau Biden on his own terms You prepared him to be a great lawyer, which he was And a young Attorney General, two terms He made great friends here as I did, George, two Chrises, Andy, Joe, Lisa, Marie, Natalie Actually, he had an advantage over me, half his class like this class is women We only had one woman in our graduating class The profession is so much better off now, the bench is so much more competent now And the school is so much better now [Applause] Some of you may think I’m engaging hyperbole when I talk about the loyalty, but Beau’s friends were there when it was a sitting Attorney General he sought an exception to be able to go to the National Guard unit to Iraq They literally there and saw him off when he volunteered to deploy as the army brigade trial counsel And after a year in Iraq when he came home as a proud veteran having been awarded the

bronze star, the merit, the Delaware service cross, his Law School friends were literally there when he disembarked They stayed in contact with him and three years ago he was diagnosed with a death sentence of stage four glioblastoma of the brain They visited him in whatever hospital he was in, whether it was in Texas at one of the great cancer hospitals or Jefferson in Philadelphia Or at Walter Reed in the end And they’re still there Looking out for my Beau’s children Natalie and Hunter, his wife Ally And Dean, the school continues to look out for my boy’s memory Honoring him today Honoring him today, with the scholarship The affection for Syracuse Law School runs deep in the Biden family Two generations approaching three Dean Banks on behalf of my son Hunter, who made a mistake and went to Yale Law School [Laughter] my daughter Ashley, my wife Jill, Beau’s wife, his children, Natalie and Hunter, we are indebted to Syracuse Not only for the support but the affection that’s shown and continues to show to my Beau It would mean a lot to Beau knowing that a deserving student will be able to attend this great Law School with the scholarship that has his name attached to It those of you that knew him in the audience know I mean that He would have been proud He was a good man He was the finest person I’ve ever known in my life The Class of 2016, you’re a remarkable class The best of your generation in a remarkable generation Again, that’s not hyperbole Your generation is the most tolerant generation ever And with the intellectual horsepower and the tools to be able to make things happen, to get things done And now as you sit there many of you have or are in the process of deciding what will you do with all this capability Like all of you, when I graduated I felt a similar pressure, what would I do? But the script is written, find the best job, with the most prestigious law firm you can Be in a position to advance, to make good money, become a partner That’s what I did I landed a job because of the help of my professors with one of the most prestigious law firms in my state, one of the oldest in my state But the problem was, as I strode across the stage in 1968, the world had changed Dr. King had been assassinated, there were riots throughout America, the significant part of my hometown of Wilmington was burned to the ground We became the only city since reconstruction to be occupied by the military for nine months The National Guard in every corner with drawn bayonets, state troopers patrolling the neighborhood, not city cops And I was hope with the prestigious job Because what now was I supposed to do? Wasn’t that what I expected to do? But six months later I realized that wasn’t what I was supposed to do And to the surprise of the senior partners of my law firm I walked out of a federal courtroom, kitty corner across what they call Rodney scare, the center of town, into the basement of a building on the far corner, I walked into the public defender’s office, and I asked for a job Remember the guy holding directing the office, he said aren’t you with and I said yes He said you’re making a big mistake But like many of your parents, I was lucky just in time

I learned early on what I wanted to do, what made me the happiest Family, faith, being engaged in the public affairs that gripped my generation when I graduated The Civil Rights Movement, environmental movement, the women’s movement, ending a bitterly did I war, Vietnam Now it’s your turn, it’s your time, time to attempt to find that sweet spot where success and happiness intersect And it is not easy Some of it you will go into and on to powerful law firms on Wall Street, government service, prosecutor’s office, public defender, something that will take the knowledge and be successful entrepreneurs and represent nonprofits, some of you will serve in the military Some of you go back to your home countries and risk, risk your lives For the rule of law But all of you will have one thing in common You’ll all have to figure out how to balance success, happiness, and ambition I’ve met an awful lot of successful people I have literally met every major world leader in the last 42 years Personally met them So many others People who by any standard are considered a success, but I’ve observed as I’ve gotten to know many of them, the significant number of them are not happy I’ve worked with eight Presidents, only 13 Senators have served longer than me in the entirety of American history Industry leaders, the people of Silicon Valley, high powered lawyers, Doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers, and I’ve made several basic observations that I hope will help you Those who I observed who achieved both success and happiness, those who balance life and career, those who found purpose and fulfillment, they all understood that there’s no silver bullet, no single formula, no reductive list They all seem to understand that success and happiness do not result from a single thing, they result from an accumulation of thousands of little things But the common feature that they built their character First successful and happy people I’ve come to know understand that a good life at its core is about being personal Being engaged It’s being there for a friend or colleague when they sustain an injury? An accident in an accident, remembering to congratulate them on a marriage or birth Being available to them as they’re going through personal loss or failure It’s about loving somebody more than you love yourself It seems to all get down to personal That’s the stuff that the fosters relationships, and the only stuff that breeds trust in everything you do in life The way you earn trust And I mean earn trust So try to look beyond the car ca church of a person caricature of a person, resist the temptation to describe motive, because the truth is you never know a person’s motive And if you ascribe motive it makes an incredibly difficult in ever establishing to establish a relationship, it gets in the way

Resist the temptation to let network be a verb and zaps the personal away, that blinds you to the person right in front of you, their hopes, their fears, their burdens Build real relationships, even with people with whom you vehemently disagree I promise you will not only be happier for it, you will be more successful Second thing I have observed, they all believe although no one is better than them, everyone is their equal, and entitled to be treated with dignity and respect Regardless of their academic or social backgrounds Think of the people you know who respond to pedigree, who respond to social standing I’ve noticed that the ones who had the most success and were most respected were the ones who never confused academic credentials to the social sophistication with gravitas or judgment You know a lot of people who are incredibly bright who the lack judgment They do not necessarily go together And don’t forget about what does not come with your LL.M. or your JD, and that is the heart to know what is meaningful and what is ephemeral, and to know the difference between knowledge and judgment? The third thing in my experience they all seem to have in common is that they have resisted the temptation to rationalize My chief the staff, United States Senator Ted Kaufmann, graduate of the Wharton school, brilliant guy, every new employee we would hire, the last thing he would say to them, never underestimate the ability of the human mind to rationalize End up with the ends justifying the means Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve seen as your parents have and you have so many people rationalize in the name of ambition Her birthday really doesn’t matter that much to her, this business ship is really important It would be better for both of us I know this is the last game, but in order to make it I would have to take a red eye back And he’ll understand We could always take that vacation another time, the one I promised and we planned for six months Because I have an important project to finish You know it You do it Some of you have seen your parents do it The resist the temptation to rationalize what others view as the right choice for you, instead of what you know is right, what feels right, what feels right in your gut based on what’s important to you Let that be your north star As I have said at other graduations this year, your generation faces an incredible amount of pressure to succeed now that you’ve accomplished so much Your whole generation faces the same pressure, this remarkable generation You race to do what others think is the right thing in high school, the right courses to take You race through the blood sport of college admissions and Law School admissions You race to Syracuse law, ready for the next big thing And I know you may be reluctant to admit it, but along the way you compare yourself to success of your peers on Facebook, Instagram,

LinkedIn, Twitter Today some of you may have found that you’ve slipped into that self referential bubble that validates certain choices, the bubble that candidate expands once you leave campus, the pressure and anxiousness as well, take a certain job Live in a certain place Hang out, hang out with the same kind of people But for God sake, don’t take a real risk that could impact on your career, all the time while getting paid a false sense of both You have the intellectual horsepower to make things better in the world around you As I said, you’re the most tolerant generation in American history That intellectual horsepower and tolerance alone do not make a generation great Unless you can break out of that bubble of your own making, technologically, geographically, racially, socioeconomically, and truly connect with the world around you, some of you rationalize, you don’t need to be engaged But you can cordon yourself off from the effects of climate change When your brother is not allowed to marry the man he loves, you are diminished You know, I think and I’m not just saying this, I think my son Beau said it best when he was the commencement speaker here as Attorney General in 2011 He said, and I quote, be the guardians of a more complicated truth That means are as important and sometimes even more important than the ends He went on to say, you will be lawyers in your profession, but now knowing what you know, you will also be leaders in your communities and among your friends and families And those more private, yet equally challenging courtrooms, you will face similar cycle of testing and retesting He went on to say, and you will find peace when there are certain roles that you include are not malleable, your conscience, for one Your conscience should not be malleable, your values for another They are your means And along with learning you now possess these and other things that will guide you, end of quote He believed, as I do, that you can find balance between ambition and what’s really important You can do both You can absolutely succeed in life without ever sacrificing your ideals or your commitments to others and family Heed the words of justice Brandeis who wrote, we are not one by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper, by manner Which is man himself I have had over 1,000 young lawyers work for me and at one point I had 57 lawyers working for me 21 of whom graduated one or two in their class from the best Law Schools in America But there was a difference There was a difference They were all ambitious Some rationalized a lot For if you work in the service of what matters to you, as Beau said, if you’re guardians of the more complicated truth, not only society, but you will be better off for it, not asking for any great sacrifice, I’m not asking for sack cloth, ashes, not making money You can do both And we’ll all be better off

My wish for you, the graduating Class of 2016, is that you’re both a successful but even more importantly, that you’re happy in the pursuit of your ambition Congratulations, Class of 2016 I’m proud of you I’m proud to stand among you as fellow alums May God bless you and may God protect our troops Thank you [Applause] >> I’ll now ask Associate Dean Aviva Abramovsky to come forward for the confer of the LL.M. degrees >> Will the candidates from the Class of 2016 for the degree of Master of Laws please rise? By authority of the faculty of law, I have the honor to present the candidates from the Class of 2016 who have fulfilled the academic requirements prescribed by the College of Law for the degree of Master of Laws [Applause] >> By action of the University Senate, the Board of Trustees concurring, you are hereby conferred the degree of Master of Laws and are admitted to all the rights and privileges thereunto pertaining The diploma which you will receive is your evidence of this action Please be seated [Applause] >> I’ll now invite Associate Dean Christian Day to come to the podium for confer of the JD degrees >> Will the candidates from the Class of 2016 for the degree of Juris Doctor please rise? [Applause] By authority of the faculty of law, I have the honor to present the candidates from the Class of 2016 who have fulfilled the academic requirements prescribed by the College of Law for the degree of Juris Doctor [Applause] >> By action of the University Senate, the Board of Trustees concurring, you are hereby conferred the degree of Juris Doctor and are admitted to all the rights and privileges thereunto pertaining The diploma which you will receive is your evidence of this action [Applause] The LL.M. graduates and the Juris Doctor graduates will come forward to be presented by Senior Assistant Dean Tom�s Gonzalez and be invested with their hoods by Professors Abramovsky, Anand, Bell, Kanter, Kenn, True Frost and Turnipseed Cody J. Carbone Public Administration [Applause]

Dustin W. Osborne Cum Laude [Applause] Gabriela E. Wolfe Cum Laude [Applause] Ahmed Hmeedat Mustafa Abu Khedir Sulaiman Abuhaimed Faisal al Anazi Abdulaziz Albatel Muhammad Alharbi Raed Alharbi Yazeed Alharbi Mohammed Alkhodair Sarah Alkhunaizan Mohammed Allahyani Osama Almazrou Mohammed Alqarni Saleh Alshunaif John Api Clautaire Duclair Edmond Gichuru Wonki Hong Dima Hussain Jamila Iriqat Byoung Sun Lee Samir Mahmudov Pilar Rodriguez Gomez Silvana Rowe Javiera Sanchez

Pamela Castro Tsionawit Tefera Wani Jumi Loku Sara T. Ahmed Cum Laude Sara A. Aksu Thomas M. Anderson Siddharth Bahl Public Relations Victoria W. ball, pro bono scholar Amanda T. Ball Cum Laude Rachel E. Bangser Magna Cum Laude Public Relations Maxwell Q. Bartels Forensic Science Kayla Beauduy Business Administration Kevin J. Belbey New Media Management Danielle K. Blackaby Pro Bono Scholar Michael C. Boisvert Magna Cum Laude Kathleen N. Boumans John F. . Boyd II Dime Z. Burnham Michael J. Bryant Karen J. Bryson Eric M. Carlson Cum Laude International Relations Anna Maria Castillo International Relations Kattie M. Chmielowiec Cum Laude Pro Bono Scholar Irene Choe Hojin Choi Devon R. Christian Robert A. Clark

John M. Coniglio Caroline R. Corcos Magna Cum Laude Public Administration Keegan J. Coughlin Matthew B. Crouch Alexander R. Curtland Jeffrey M. Dahlgren Cum Laude Camille L. Daley Cum Laude Public Administration Christopher J. Davila Brian J. Deaver Heather L. Delaurie Matthew W. Diblasi Andrew J. DiPasquale Amy G. Doan Summa Cum Laude Ariana Doty Brittney Drescher Bradke Cum Laude Jessica E. Easterly Cum Laude Christer John Esguerra Christina M. Farrell Magna Cum Laude Cultural Foundations of Education Jesse M. Feitel Magna Cum Laude Public Administration Aleksander Ferguson Matthew J. Fox X Elizabeth L. Gaffney Magna Cum Laude Krystal N. Garcia Lacey A. Gehm Magna Cum Laude Candice E. Geller Polene Ghazarian Forensic Science Jerry C. Gianakis

Jamie E. Glashow Magna Cum Laude Cultural Foundations of Education Joshua M. Goldstein Public Administration Tesla M. Goodrich Ashlee E. Goodwin William O. Graves Cum Laude Zachary S. Greenberg Cum Laude Daniel S. Greene Sophia L. Gregg Pro Bono Scholar Jessica L. Grimm Cum Laude International Relations Anne S. Gruner Anthony R. Gruner Paul J. Gulamerian Amanda Haasz David M. Hahn Business administration Hillary C. Hall Katelynn R. Hall Carly J. Halpin Cum Laude Kyle M. Herda Forensic Science Helen O. Hohnholt International Relations Arnold J. Hong David F. Huber Joseph A. Huckleberry Cum Laude Julie A. Hughes Cum Laude Public Administration Elizabeth A. Hunt Eunmi Hwang Joseph L. Ingrao Selbie L. Jason Magna Cum Laude

Christopher S. Jennison Zachary D. Johnson Magna Cum Laude Jacob M. Jones Matthew R. Jones Meghan E. Joyce Shannon E. Kane Jordan M. Kelley Lyndsey M. Kelly Ann C. Kenna Cum Laude Christopher Kim Anirudha Kinhal Brooke N. Koester Bourke E. Kraus Ronald S. Lee Maria C. Lesinski Cum Laude Television, Radio and Film Peter E. Levrant Meghan Liptak Jeanette A. Luna Public Administration Kyle Lundin Cum Laude Public Administration Colin P. Lynch Cum Laude Forensic Science Edwin A. Maldonado Amneet Mand Jeanne Michele Mariani Cum Laude Public Administration Nathalie Marin

Stacy A. Marris Cum Laude Television, Radio and Film Alexandra L. Martinez Sara E. McCreary Cum Laude Morgan C. McKinney Cum Laude Jordan M. Meeks Katharine M. Miller Ashley M. Monette Cum Laude Edward G. Monkman Delisa N. Morris Public Relations Matthew J. Musacchio Matt F. Nashban Cum laude Dana J. Nevins Summa Cum Laude Public Administration Erin T. O’Brien Joshua M. O’Neill Pro Bono Scholar Steven M. Nelson Michael C. Panebianco Heather R. Parker Keith A. Pedrani Magna Cum Laude Business Administration Khadijah N. Peek New Media Management Alexandra O. Pietropaolo Dennis W. Polio Magna Cum Laude Public Administration Jansher Rasa Farzad Rashedi

Ashley C. Repp International Relations Michael A. Roberts Shannon M. Robin Thomas R. Romano Philip Ross Stephen F. Ryck Summa Cum Laude Cory Schoonmaker Magna Cum Laude Courtney M. Schott Alec B. Schwartz Jordan A. Serra Political Science Ashley R. Skolky Social Work David C. Smallwood Political Science Kevin B. Smith Magna Cum Laude Nicholas A. Somers Magna Cum Laude Sarah K. Spencer Forest Resources Management William B. Stevens International Relations Kyle R. Sutliff Summa Cum Laude Jonathan M. Symer Daniel Taroli Magna Cum Laude Meghan E. Tillman Pro Bono Scholar Mridula Tirumalasetti

Ana Lucia Urizar Alejandra P. Valenzuela International Relations Ronald R. Valley Daniel J. Van Sant Cum Laude Cultural Foundations of Education Kate M. Vandendolder Nicholas A. Vona Kristin L. Warner Cum Laude Alyssa M. Warpus Ashley B. Weathers Rachel O. Webster Molly E. White Benjamin R. Williams Cum Laude Klaxon C. Wilson Kathryn H. Wisner Teaching and Curriculum Martin P. Wolfson Jessica L. Yannette Forensic Science >> I think one more time, yes?

A round of applause for the graduates, LL.M.s and JDs [Applause] Now that the audience is standing please remain standing for the Alma Mater and remain so in the recessional is complete Gabriela Wolfe will lead us in the Alma Mater >> Where the vale of Onondaga Meets the eastern sky Proudly stands our Alma Mater On her hilltop high Flag we love! Orange! Float for aye Old Syracuse, o’er thee Loyal be thy sons and daughters To thy memory [Applause] >> The 2016 College of Law Commencement ceremony is closed Please join the Class of 2016 back at Dineen Hall immediately following the recessional for refreshments And a very nice welcome for all family members

and friends Thank you [Applause]