Columbia Law School Graduation 2005


NEW YORK - Stephen Friedman, the retired chairman of Goldman Sachs & Company and currently assistant to President George W. Bush for economic policy, will deliver the keynote address at the graduation ceremonies for Columbia Law School, on May 19 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

Mr. Friedman, a 1962 graduate of the Law School, spent 28 years with Goldman Sachs & Company where he served as co-chairman (1990-1992) and chairman and senior partner (1992-1994.) More recently, Mr. Friedman has been serving on the boards of directors of Goldman Sachs, Fannie Mae and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Mr. Friedman has also established a strong record of public service and he has served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and on the Presidential/Congressional Commission on the Roles and Capabilities of the U.S. Intelligence Community.  He was also chosen to lead a task force on modernizing financial management at the Pentagon.

Mr. Friedman has maintaned a strong committment to his alma mater and is Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Columbia University. He is also involved with several charitable and academic organizations and is Chairman of the Financial Committee of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Chairman Emeritus of the Executive Committee of the Brookings Institution; and member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also been a board member of the National Bureau of Economic Research

Highlights of the ceremony also include the receipt of the Willis L.M. Reese Prize for excellence in teaching by Ariela Dubler, Associate Professor of Law. Since her arrival at Columbia Law School in 2001, Prof. Dubler has has taught family law, perspectives on legal thought, and a seminar on the family and the state.

Seating is reserved for graduating Law School students and their guests. For more information, please contact Student Services at (212) 854-2395. Columbia University will hold separate commencement ceremonies on the Morningside Heights campus on May 18. Please see for more information on the University's ceremony.