May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 - Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall served as the backdrop on a hot day in May for Cardozo’s 40th Commencement Exercises, held May 29. Sixty-six students received LLM degrees, and 275 received JD degrees.

Yeshiva University President Ari Berman, Dean Melanie Leslie, and Provost Selma Botman were all in attendance and addressed the graduates. Dean Leslie told the graduates, “it is such a privilege to teach you.”

David P. Samson, chair of the Board of Overseers and Earle Mack gave remarks as well and student Michael Ricottone spoke on behalf of the students.

This year’s commencement speaker was Judge Patricia Millett, US Circuit Judge for the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia Circuit. Millett urged the students to think beyond themselves: "I want you to remember four words: it's not about you. You're not just graduating, you're becoming lawyers. As lawyers you hold the key to that third branch of's about delivering justice to others."

"Justice does not just happen, you have to fight for it," Millett said. "It happens when you take the time to look in a client's eyes and learn what it looks like to be on the receiving end of the judicial system."

To see the full commencement photo gallery click here.