Litigator Roberta A. Kaplan '91 Challenges Columbia Law School Graduates to Be True to Themselves
New York, May 22, 2014—Graduates of Columbia Law School’s Class of 2014 should be true to themselves and their values as they embark on careers in “the noblest of professions,” said Roberta A. Kaplan ’91, a well-known litigator who last year successfully challenged the federal Defense of Marriage Act before the U.S. Supreme Court, in an inspiring keynote address at the Law School’s May 22 graduation ceremony.
|Graduation keynote speaker Roberta A. Kaplan '91 talks to graduates about lessons she learned while representing Edith Windsor in her successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).|
| Class of 2014 graduates process to the traditional playing of "Pomp and Circumstance"|
and the wild cheers of their family and friends.
“What the Windsor decision means is that courts matter, and what Windsor the Windsor decision means is that the United States Constitution matters, and what the Windsor decision means is that what we do as lawyers every single day really, really matters a lot,” said Kaplan, a 1991 alumna of Columbia Law School and a partner in the litigation department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. “You are about to enter the noblest of professions. Take on clients and cases because you know in your mind and in your heart that it’s the right thing to do. As far as I can tell, that is what this crazy condition of being both a human being and a lawyer is all about.”
|David M. Schizer delivers his final graduation address as dean of Columbia Law School. He will return to full-time teaching after his 10-year term as dean ends June 30.|
|Miguel A. Gradilla '14 presents the Willis L.M. Reese Prize in Teaching to Professor and Vice Dean Gillian E. Metzger '96.|
|Graduation Committee Co-Chairs Kiira Jeet '14 and Rayna Delaviev Reid ’14 present|
a replica Deans' Cup to Dean David M. Schizer.
|Student speakers, including Student Senate President Gexu "George" Zhang '14, Arjun K. Jaikumar ’14, and Patrick Simon Sy Perillo ’14 LL.M., reflected on their shared past and bright futures.|
|Seven members of the Class of 1964 walked in the day's procession.|
|Columbia Law School's newest alumni celebrate their graduation.|