May 29, 2019

 A star-studded line-up kicked off Cardozo’s 41th Commencement Exercises. Graduates received J.D. and LL.M. degrees at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on May 28.

Ira Dizengoff ’92, Chair of Cardozo’s Board of Overseers, welcomed graduates and their families by reminding them that “we are what we repeatedly do.”

Dean Melanie Leslie ’91 echoed this message as she recounted a story from a recent alum who stood up against corruption. She urged graduates to do the right thing, even if they are the only ones. “You are ready to be ethical leaders,” Leslie said. “I am sure of it.”

Claire McCaskill, former senator from Missouri, gave the commencement address. “I hope you love the law as much as I do,” she said, as she urged students to find “a job that makes you jump out of bed in the morning.”

Another recognizable name took the stage as Sir Paul McCartney was awarded the International Advocate for Peace Award from the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. “I’m especially proud to receive this award from Cardozo,” McCartney said, adding that all of his songs “come from the same place: a love for humanity.”

Graduates Rachel Zilberfarb and Ishara Quick, LL.M. and J.D. respectively, delivered the remarks for their classes. Quick mentioned her challenges as first in her family to attend law school and inspired the audience to follow their dreams. “The cautious don’t live at all,” she said.

Watch Senator Claire McCaskill's keynote address

Watch Sir Paul McCartney's speech

Award Recipients (Faculty and Administration)

Award for Extraordinary Leadership- Dean Monroe Price

Award for Distinguished Service- Professor Arthur Jacobson

Monrad Paulsen Award- Dean David Martinidez 

Award Recipients (Class of 2019)

Cardozo Service and Achievement Awards

Nicholas P. Anselmi

Rachel E. Behar

Michael Celler

Nicole Duke

Jared V. Grubow

Nicholas Gliagias

Medea Matiashvili

Maitreyee Mopalwar

Alexandra N. Nieto

Aashini Shrivastav

Julia Spivak

Benjamin H. Winters

Rachel Zilberfarb

Professor John Appel Award

Elana A. Bengualid

Eduardo J. Quiroga

Distinguished Performance in the LL.M. Program

Melody L. Andre

Chanel L. Briggins

Dmytro Petrov

Best Written Work Not for Publication in a Journal

Nicole Duke

Best Written Work for Civil Advocacy

Jessica M. Kulig

Best Written Work for Criminal Justice

Lauren A. Rose

Best Written Work for Publication

Alexandra N. Nieto

Jacob Burns Medals

Mehack Ali

Ahdieh Alipour Herisi

Sari Michelle Bronner

Geroline A. Castillo

Jordan N. Coyne

Gabriella Garner

Emily R. Lundgren

Natalia I. Mata

Alexandra S. Mitton

Jennifer R. Pierce

Ian J. Postman

Adam E. Rubin

Ava L. Schein

Nicole R. Schill

Eva M. Thomas

Kathleen L. Wahl

Angela M. Wanslow

Dih-Lin Wong

Mike Downing Memorial Coaching Award

Ethan Smith

Beatrice Cohen Award

Ruth V. Fruchter

James Lewis Award

Ezra Sakkal

Telford Taylor Award

Keegan J. Stephan

Intellectual Property Award

Chanel L. Briggins

Nathaniel Kosslyn

Federal Bar Council

Cornelius W. Wickersham Award

Alexander J. Schnapp

Jacob Burns Ethics Center in the Practice of Law Award

Agnes K. Baik

Stanley H. Beckerman Public Interest Award

Natalia I. Mata

Jonathan A. Weiss Award for Public Interest Law

Melissa Olivo

Archie A. Gorfinkel Award

Ricky A. Shah

Ilana B. Kornfeld

E. Nathaniel Gates Award

Lindsey E. Rubinstein

Steven Eric Tanenbaum Leadership Award

Abigail K. Pearlman

National Association of Women Lawyers Award for Outstanding Graduate

Khadija Foda

Louis Henkin Award

Mordechay Sorek

ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award

Briana P. Sheridan

Andrew S. Zucker Award
Jaynah Josselyn Ross-Mendoza

Dr. Samuel Belkin Award

Deluwara Ahmed

Felix Frankfurter Award

Shelley Attadgie