NY Times journalist Adam Liptak addresses Stetson Law commencement
Adam Liptak, lawyer, author and New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, addressed 260 graduates of Stetson University College of Law on May 17 in Gulfport, Fla. Stetson’s morning commencement took place in the courtyard on the law school’s Gulfport campus.
In his talk, Liptak focused on transitioning from legal counsel for The New York Times to his role as a popular columnist and journalist.
Liptak graduated from Yale with a law degree. While still in law school, he worked as a summer clerk for the legal department at The New York Times.
Liptak’s legal career includes a decade advising The New York Times on matters including defamation, privacy and newsgathering. He taught media law at Columbia University School of Journalism, U.C.L.A. Law School and Yale Law School.
Liptak was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his series “American Exception” and writes the popular “Sidebar” column on legal developments for The New York Times. Liptak has investigated topics including the rise in life sentences in the U.S. and the impact of campaign contributions on Ohio Supreme Court justices’ voting records.
Among the 260 students walking at Stetson Law’s commencement were 192 full-time students, 43 part-time JD students, six LL.M. in elder law students, eight LL.M. in international law students, two JD/Grado students, one JD/Master of International Economic and Comparative Law student, and eight JD/MBA students. Outstanding members of this year’s graduating class include:
- Shivani Alamo, an advocate for children and education reform who won the prestigious New Generation Award, a special Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth.
- Kevin Crews, a gifted writer who won both the 2014 and 2013 Florida Law Student Essay Contest. Crews also helped his team win the 2013 National Veterans Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.
- Bradley Muhs, articles and symposia editor of the Stetson Law Review and an associate justice of Stetson’s award-winning Moot Court Board.
- R. Rockwell Seay, a member of Stetson’s Trial Team who helped his fellow students sweep the Florida Bar Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition.
- Elizabeth “Niki” Strickland, a U.S. Army Captain and dedicated Stetson student ambassador and student mentor.
For additional information and photos, please see Graduation Events.
Post date: March 11, 2014
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