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USF Commemorates Law School Centennial

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Headlines Convocation


Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will speak at the USF School of Law centennial convocation Sept. 19.

The University of San Francisco School of Law kicked off its 100-year anniversary celebration with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. headlining the centennial convocation on Sept. 19.

Kennedy spoke to students about the role of legal education and lawyers in ensuring justice around the globe, as well as about his career as an environmental lawyer.

The event was part of a yearlong celebration honoring the school’s 100th anniversary. On Sept. 27, Clarence B. Jones, speechwriter and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and 2012 USF diversity scholar visiting professor, presented a talk titled "Pivotal Legal and Leadership Policy Decisions Faced by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." On Oct. 12, School of Law alumni gathered for a reception at the California Bar Association annual meeting in Monterey. And on Feb. 5, 2013 the California Supreme Court will be in session on campus in the McLaren Conference Center, among other events.

Kennedy, who worked on the presidential campaigns of former Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, is an environmental law professor at Pace University and co-director of the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic. He is the senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, the chief prosecuting attorney for the clean water advocacy nonprofit Hudson Riverkeeper, and the founder and president of the multinational clean water advocacy nonprofit Waterkeeper Alliance

In 2010, Kennedy was recognized as one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for leading the restoration of New York’s Hudson River. In 2009, he was honored as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Agents of Change.” Kennedy is the author of “Crimes Against Nature: How George W. Bush and His Corporate Pals Are Plundering the Country and Hijacking Our Democracy” (2004). His articles have appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Newsweek magazine.

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