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Sen. Gillibrand to address Buffalo law students

U.S. Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand will be the keynote speaker at this year’s University at Buffalo Law School commencement.

The ceremony starts at 3 p.m. May 21 in the Center for the Arts on UB’s North Campus.

Gillibrand was appointed U.S. senator in January 2009 to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton who is now secretary of state. Gillibrand, who was elected in November helped lead the Senate fight to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military.

She also fought to provide health care and compensation to the 9/11 first responders and community survivors sick with diseases caused by toxins at Ground Zero. Gillibrand worked to bring Democrats and Republicans together to win both legislative victories.

“I am thrilled and honored that Sen. Gillibrand will headline the UB Law commencement,” said Law School Dean Makau W. Mutua. “Her exemplary work as a great public servant, successful lawyer and accessible representative of the people of the great state of New York are truly inspirational. Her speech and presence will be a memorable experience for our graduates.”

The commencement will be led by Satish K.Tripathi, PhD, UB’s officer-in-charge who has been recommended by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher to be the university’s next president, and Mutua.

In addition to recognizing 233 graduating law students, the UB Law School will award its Dean’s Medal to Judge Hugh B. Scott, magistrate judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York. The Dean’s Medal is given to an individual who is distinguished by his or her commitment to justice and the Rule of Law.

The Ken Joyce Excellence in Teaching Award will be presented to Erie County Supreme Court Justice Kevin M. Dillon. The Joyce Award is presented to a member of the adjunct faculty for excellent teaching and longstanding service to the UB Law School.