On Sunday, May 19, 2013, the University of Connecticut School of Law
Will Celebrate Its 90th Commencement Exercises!
Neal Kumar Katyal is the Paul and Patricia Saunders Professor of Law at Georgetown University and a partner at Hogan Lovells. He recently served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States (and before that Principal Deputy Solicitor General), where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against 8 states who sued the nation's leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters. In 2006, he won the landmark Hamdan v. Rumsfeld in the Supreme Court, a case that challenged President Bush’s Guantanamo and Geneva Convention policies. He has argued 17 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, with 15 of them in the last 4 years.
Mr. Katyal received his A.B. with highest Honors from Dartmouth College, and his J.D. from Yale Law School. He clerked for The Honorable Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as well as for The Honorable Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served in the Deputy Attorney General's Office at the Justice Department as National Security Advisor and as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General during 1998-1999.
At Georgetown, Mr. Katyal was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university's history. He is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the Attorney General presented to him in 2011. The Chief Justice of the United States appointed him in 2011 to the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules. Additionally, he was named as One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide by National Law Journal (2010); One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years by Legal Times (2008); Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers USA (2006); Runner-Up for Lawyer of the Year by National Law Journal (2006); One of the Top 50 Litigators Nationwide 45 Years Old or Younger by American Lawyer (2007); and one of the top 500 lawyers in the country by LawDragon Magazine for each of the last six years. He also won the National Law Journal’s pro bono award in 2004. His articles have appeared in nearly every major national law review and newspaper.
Commencement exercises will be held on campus under the Commencement tent on Sunday, May 19, 2013.
10:30 AM Procession begins
11:00 AM Commencement Exercises
Please note: Guests are requested to refrain from bringing pets to commencement exercises.
There will be professional photographers at the ceremony taking photographs of candidates. If you wish to receive a color proof, you must have filled out the address card that will be provided at the ceremony. Proofs will be mailed to the address you provide on the card. If a valid e-mail address is available to the photographer, a link to commencement photograph proofs will also be sent to participating graduates via e-mail.
Members of the audience using hand-held cameras may take photos during the ceremony from areas reserved for that purpose. In order to accommodate everyone, individuals are requested to move to those areas for only a short interval and then return to their seats.
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Jane Thierfeld Brown at (860) 570-5132 by April 26, 2013. Handicapped parking spaces are located in the William F. Starr Hall parking lot accessible via the Sherman Street entrance.
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