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Alumna Judith A. Livingston ’79 to Deliver 2014 Commencement Address

judy-livingstonHofstra Law alumna Judith A. Livingston ’79, senior partner, Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, will deliver the commencement address and be awarded a Presidential Medal at Hofstra Law’s Commencement Ceremony, to be held on Monday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University.

Livingston was cited in New York Magazine as one of “The 50 most influential women lawyers in America” and was the first woman to be admitted to the Inner Circle of Advocates in the United States. In 2011 and 2013 in Best Lawyers magazine, Livingston was named as the New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the year. She is also a member of the board of directors of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Livingston received her J.D. degree in 1979, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1998, from Hofstra Law.

Below is more information about graduation:

Graduates’ Celebration and Awards Ceremony
Prior to Commencement, the Class of 2014 Graduates’ Celebration and Awards Ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. The program begins with an introduction and welcome by Dean Lane and then speeches by elected 3L speaker, Paul Liggeri, and elected teacher of the year, Professor James Sample. The ceremony continues with the presentation of various awards that recognize student accomplishments throughout law school, and a speech by SBA President Rebecca Ruscito. The students receiving awards will be notified via email on Friday, May 16.

The program will last approximately one hour and a light reception will be served at the Law School immediately following the celebration to which students’ family and friends are welcome. Tickets are not necessary for this event. Please note that students do not wear academic attire to this ceremony.

Commencement Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex. The ceremony will last approximately two hours. Judith A. Livingston, senior partner at Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, will deliver the opening remarks. At the Commencement Ceremony, the President of the University will confer the degrees, and students will walk across the stage to be announced by name, hooded and congratulated by Dean Lane. Tickets are not necessary for this event.

Cap and Gown
To confirm graduation ceremony attendance and order caps and gowns, please visit Simply follow the easy online instructions; carefully check the order and click submit. An order confirmation and graduation information will display. Orders for academic attire must be received by Friday, April 18, 2014.

Students may pick up their academic attire in the Plaza Rooms, Mack Student Center, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15. Please present a valid Hofstra ID when picking up your academic attire.  

Robing and Assembly
Instructions regarding robing and assembly will be given to students when they pick up their academic attire. On the day of Commencement, students should line up in the Physical Education Complex at 6 p.m. The Physical Education Complex is located next to the Arena. Family and friends are free to enter the Arena and sit as they wait for the ceremony to begin. As students enter the Physical Education Complex, please stop by the table near the entrance to pick up a yellow index card.  This card will have their name on it, as it is to be read when they walk across the stage. Please read the name carefully and make any necessary changes, and add a phonetic spelling of the name if needed. Once the processional lines are formed, students will walk into the Arena, and the ceremony will begin.

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