A note from UH Law Center Dean Ray Nimmer
Vol. 5 No. 2

Dean Ray Nimmer
It’s been nearly 10 years since New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani calmly stepped to the microphones in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and reassured a nation with his spirit and his candor.

On Sunday, May 16, 2010, Mayor Giuliani will step to a lectern at Hofheinz Pavilion on our campus and share his views with the newest graduates of the Law Center. It gives me great pride and pleasure to introduce Mayor Giuliani as the keynote speaker of our 2010 Commencement Ceremonies. Sincere thanks go to two Bracewell & Giuliani partners – Jarvis Hollingsworth ’93, a member of the UH Board of Regents; and Warren Harris ’88, the president of the UH Law Alumni Association – for their roles in securing one of the most distinguished commencement speakers ever hosted at the Law Center.

Mayor Giuliani became a name partner at Bracewell & Giuliani in 2005 after decades of government and public service. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he earned his law degree, cum laude, from the New York University School of Law. I encourage you to read his career highlights, which would easily fill several Dean’s Notes. One of the key years was 1981, when President Ronald Reagan propelled him onto the national stage by appointing him to be U.S. Associate Attorney General. Twelve years later, he was elected the 107th Mayor of the City of New York, and won re-election in 1996.

All of us remember his remarkable stewardship following the 9/11 attacks. To reinforce the role he played in our nation’s history, Time Magazine named Rudy Giuliani its “Person of the Year” for 2001. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and was presented with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award by former First Lady Nancy Reagan. He is also the author of the aptly named bestseller, “Leadership.”

I look forward to having Mayor Giuliani at our commencement exercises, which start at noon at Hofheinz Pavilion. Alumni and friends of the Law Center are cordially invited to attend, and to join us for the traditional reception hosted at the Law Center immediately after the ceremonies conclude.

Great law schools have outstanding commencement speakers. In Mayor Giuliani, I believe the Law Center meets the standard for excellence.


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