A U.S. Court of Appeals judge and the president of Legal Services Corporation will deliver the keynote addresses to nearly 400 graduates of Rutgers Law School during two ceremonies in May.
James Sandman, president of the Legal Services Corporation will be the speaker at the Rutgers Law School commencement in Camden on Thursday, May 18, and the Honorable Patty Shwartz, a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, will speak at the Rutgers Law School ceremony in Newark on Friday, May 26.
Sandman practiced law with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm, Arnold and Porter from 1977 to 2007. Before joining the Legal Services Corporation, he was general counsel for the District of Columbia Public Schools from 2007 to 2011.
He is currently the chair of the D.C. Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee and chair of the District of Columbia Circuit Judicial Conference Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. He is a member of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission and of the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee. Also, he is the chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission’s District of Columbia State Advisory Committee.
Sandman will speak at the Rutgers Law School’s Camden commencement ceremony, which will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden.
Appointed to her current position as a federal judge in 2013, Shwartz began her legal career in 1986 as an associate at the Philadelphia law firm then known as Pepper, Hamilton, & Scheetz , now Pepper Hamilton LLP. She then served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold A. Ackerman, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey. After her clerkship, Shwartz served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.
Shwartz, who received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers in 1983, is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and a lecturer at Rutgers Law School in Newark.
She will speak at the Rutgers Law School’s Newark commencement at on Friday, May 26. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.