Attorney General Eric Holder Named Michigan Law Senior Day Speaker
By John Masson
Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver the University of Michigan Law School's Senior Day address May 6. Holder, the 82nd attorney general and the first African American to hold that office, will address the school's graduating class at Hill Auditorium.
"A broad base of experience and a long career in public service make Attorney General Holder a compelling choice as Senior Day speaker," Dean Evan Caminker said. "His years of experience and his position atop the Department of Justice mean he will offer a unique and important perspective for our graduates as they begin their law careers." Holder was selected for this honor by the dean after consultation with a student advisory committee.
A New York City native, Holder graduated from Stuyvesant High School, majored in American History at Columbia, and attended law school there. He earned his juris doctor in 1976, then joined the Justice Department, where he helped investigate and prosecute official corruption cases. In 1988, President Reagan nominated him as an associate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. President Clinton named him deputy attorney general in 1998, and President Obama nominated him for the top post in 2008.
Before becoming attorney general, Holder also worked as a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C.
The May 6 Senior Day ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Law Quad.
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