SDNY Judge Laura Taylor Swain’s Address to Fordham Law’s Class of 2022


New York Law Journal reported on law schools’ return to in-person commencement ceremonies and Judge Laura Taylor Swain’s speech at Fordham Law’s graduation, where she was made honorary Doctor of Laws.

Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who after the late and legendary Constance Baker Motley is the second Black woman to serve as chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, spoke at the commencement for the Fordham University School of Law.

“It is a tremendous honor to have been invited to join you in person on this glorious day for the 115th Diploma Ceremony of Fordham Law School,” [Judge Swain said in her speech.] “It is an incredible honor to have been made an honorary Doctor of Laws of Fordham University Law School, and I shall treasure this day and this honor for all of my days.

“We have all gone through extraordinary experiences, and we’re still living in extraordinary times. I congratulate today’s graduates for navigating the challenges of this living laboratory, and for coming through it in strength and ready for service.”

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Read Judge Swain’s full speech in New York Law Journal.


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