Professor Tom Goldstein Delights at Commencement

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The University of New Mexico School of Law’s class of 2013 graduation took place on Saturday, May 11th. Professor, author and engaging public speaker Tom Goldstein addressed the law school's graduating class, faculty and guests as the 2013 distinguished commencement speaker. Professor Goldstein is the publisher, and a regular contributor, to SCOTUS blog, which he co-founded with Amy Howe in 2002. Goldstein impressed the graduation crowd with his wit while he candidly shared a number of amusing stories about his own journey through the legal profession.

"Mr. Goldstein conveyed a wonderful, inspiring message to the graduating class, with characteristic humility and humor. The graduates had before them a person who, through his own life, demonstrated that one can reach the heights of legal service, even in challenging times, through determination and a will to succeed", says Assistant Professor of Law Dawinder (Dave) Sidhu, of this year’s commencement speaker.

In one of the most exciting moments of his address, Goldstein announced that he would be taking a member of the UNM Law’s graduating class with him to an upcoming taping of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. UNM Law School graduates of the class of 2013 will be submitting their interest in this opportunity and the winner will be selected through a lottery drawing.

Goldstein teaches Supreme Court litigation at Stanford and Harvard law schools, and has argued 28 cases before the Supreme Court. Among other recognitions, Professor Goldstein was named one of the 50 most influential people in Washington D.C., by GQ magazine, in their 2009 The 50 Most Powerful People in D.C. and has the honor of being named one of the 40 most influential lawyers of the past decade, one of the 100 most influential lawyers in the nation, by the National Law Journal, one of the 90 greatest Washington D.C. lawyers in the past 30 years and the leading appellate lawyers in Washington D.C., by the Legal Times, and one of the 30 best lawyers in Washington D.C. by the Washingtonian.

Interim Dean Barbara Bergman adds, "Prof. Goldstein is a delight. He was gracious, modest and entertaining. The Law School is very fortunate that he accepted our invitation to speak. We are grateful to him for continuing a long line of thoughtful and distinguished commencement speakers."

Watch the video of Professor Tom Goldstein’s Address.

May 15, 2013