Judge Lucy Haeran Koh, a federal district court judge for the Northern District of California, will deliver the address at William & Mary Law School’s diploma ceremony on May 14.
Degrees will be awarded to approximately 260 students in the J.D. and LL.M. programs. The ceremony is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. and will be held at the Martha Wren Briggs Amphitheater at Lake Matoaka. Seating will be limited to graduates and their guests.
Student Bar Association President Spencer Anderson J.D. ’17 said he and his classmates were honored that Koh accepted the graduating class’s invitation to speak.
“We are excited to host someone who has contributed so much to her community and country as a skilled lawyer and accomplished member of the judiciary,” he said. “Judge Koh's incredible background, experience and advice will be a wonderful addition to the celebration of our graduating citizen lawyers.”
President Barack Obama appointed Koh to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in June 2010. She was confirmed by a 90-0 vote in the U.S. Senate. During her tenure on the court she has presided over a number of high-profile legal suits involving the technology industry.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Koh to the California Superior Court for the County of Santa Clara in January 2008. She was formerly a litigation partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Palo Alto and an assistant U.S. attorney in the major frauds section of the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles.
She began her career in Washington, D.C., as a women’s law and public policy fellow on a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee and as a special assistant to the U.S. deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice. She earned her undergraduate and law degrees at Harvard University.