Judge Thomas M. Hardiman Slated as Duquesne Law Commencement Speaker

The Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit will address the Duquesne University School of Law's Class of 2018 at commencement exercises on Friday, May 25, at 11 a.m. in the A.J. Palumbo Center on campus.

Appointed by President George W. Bush, Hardiman has served the Third Circuit since 2007. He previously served the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania as a trial judge.

For the last six years, Hardiman has taught Advanced Constitutional Law: Current Issues to Duquesne Law's upper-level students. During the time period, he also created the Robert and Judith Hardiman Scholarship for current or prospective law students, including first-generation law students who demonstrate academic aptitude and financial need. Duquesne Law named the scholarship for the judge's parents who emphasized the importance of education to their five children.

Among his many contributions enriching the Duquesne Law community, Hardiman has shared his judicial experiences with students through career programs and panel discussions. In 2013, he directed a wide-ranging conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during a program organized and moderated by Duquesne President Ken Gormley, then Duquesne's law dean. An Afternoon with Justice Clarence Thomas aired nationally on C-SPAN and attracted an audience of 1,200 people to view the program live.

"Judge Hardiman has made extraordinary contributions to the Duquesne Law community," said Dean Maureen Lally-Green. "We are greatly honored to have him address the Class of 2018 and play a central role in the law school's 104th law commencement."

The Student Bar Association recommends the commencement speaker for the law dean's consideration each year.

One hundred and twenty students are earning juris doctor (J.D.) degrees at Duquesne Law in 2018. Gormley will confer J.D. degrees on 119 graduates. An additional graduate, who cannot attend the event, is earning a Master of Laws (LL.M.) for Foreign Lawyers degree.

Hardiman received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1987. His remarks addressing the Duquesne Law graduates will be streamed live via a link on the Duquesne Law commencement 2018 website.

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