130th Commencement Address

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The commencement address was offered by The Honorable William T. Newman Jr., chief judge on the Circuit Court of Arlington County. Judge Newman grew up in Arlington, Va., and earned his J.D. at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in 1977, after studying theater and political science as an undergraduate at Ohio University. Since 1993, he has been a judge of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s 17th Judicial Circuit, covering Arlington County and Falls Church. In 2003, he was named Chief Judge. Washingtonian magazine has named him one of the best trial judges in the area. He is also an accomplished actor who has appeared on stage and screen. Judge Newman has been a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors since 2016, and in 2003 was awarded an Alumni Award by the Black Law Students Association. In 2017, he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award.

A summary of the event is available here.