Barbara Underwood speaks at Brooklyn Law School commencement
Brooklyn Law School held its 118th annual commencement ceremony at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Fort Greene on Friday, May 17. Nearly 350 graduates received their degrees and listened to a speech by the New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood.
Underwood, who became the state’s first female attorney general in May 2018, has an impressive legal resume. She used to clerk for late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and has argued 21 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“When you go out into the world and into the legal profession, try to make it a better place,” Underwood said. “Try to make your distinctive voice heard and to listen to as many unfamiliar voices as you can. And also, don’t be afraid of being a pioneer. It turns out to be a pretty rewarding thing to do.”
When Interim Dean Maryellen Fullerton spoke to the graduates, she talked about BLS’ history. It was one of the earliest law schools to admit women, and she expressed her desire to see this class continue the tradition of change.