Commencement Speakers Urge Law Grads To Be Resilient


Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s commencement speech at the 114th Fordham Law Diploma Ceremony was included in a round-up of commencement addresses in Law360.

 With advice stemming from “Good Will Hunting” and encouragement to use the resilience they’ve gained from a year filled with a global pandemic and racial injustice, 2021 law school commencement speakers asked their future legal colleagues to uphold democratic institutions, confront disinformation and address inequalities.
Among recent virtual and in-person speeches to graduating classes across the country, voting rights activist Stacey Abrams and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested the future lawyers be prepared to learn and grow from their setbacks as they enter the workforce.
Former U.S. Secretary of State
In addition to the pandemic, the country in the past few years has seen its democratic institutions tested, consequential elections and the start of a long overdue reckoning with racism.
Because of that, “the world, not just to mention the legal profession, has never needed you more,” Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state and the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, told Fordham University School of Law graduates virtually on May 23.
During their time in law school, a bright light has been cast on pressing legal issues: constitutional law, free speech, digital privacy, human rights, criminal justice and voting rights, she said.

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