May 14, 2018
Tulane Law School 2018 Commencement is scheduled May 19 at 1 p.m. at Fogelman Arena located in Devlin Fieldhouse.
This year, Terry O’Neill, former
president of the National Association for Women (NOW), alumna and former
faculty member, is the commencement speaker.
For the first time, law school graduation ceremonies will be streamed live on the Law School's website for friends and family of graduates who cannot attend.
in the day, law school graduates are welcome to join Tulane's unified
ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which includes all
2018 graduates. Details are here.
National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who has been hailed as the heir
to William Faulkner and one of TIME magazine’s Most Influential People
of 2018, will deliver the keynote address at the Superdome ceremony.
Law School Dean David Meyer said he asked
O'Neill to address law graduates because she has long established a
reputation as one of the country’s leading advocates for equality and
“O’Neill has been a strong national voice against
discrimination and abuse of power,” said Meyer. “We are very excited to
welcome Terry O’Neill back to campus and celebrate with the Class of
In January, O’Neill (L’80), stepped down as the head of
NOW and was named Executive Director of the National Employment Lawyers
Association (NELA), a leading organization dedicated to advancing the
cause of equality and justice in the workplace.
O’Neill graduated from Northwestern
University and from Tulane Law School magna cum laude in 1980. After
practicing corporate and securities law, O’Neill became a law professor
at the University of California at Davis and Tulane University, teaching
corporate law, legal ethics, and feminist legal theory.
in her 12-year tenure on Tulane’s faculty, O’Neill became politically
galvanized while campaigning door-to-door against the campaign of former
Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and served as president of the New
Orleans and Louisiana chapters of the National Organization for Women.
In 2009, O’Neill was elected President of NOW and led the 500,000-member
organization for eight years.
As NOW president, she was a
national leader on issues ranging from gender pay equity and
reproductive rights to domestic violence in the National Football
League. She also led a drive to expand the organization’s focus to
emphasize concerns relating to discrimination on grounds of race, sexual
identity, and socioeconomic status.
At NELA, O’Neill will continue to play a
key role in the unfolding national debate over sexual harassment and
other forms of discrimination and abuses of power.