2016 Commencement Speaker
Erwin Chemerinsky, JD
Dean of the School of Law at the
University of California, Irvine
The 2016 Irvine Valley College commencement speaker will be Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Distinguished Professor of Law and the Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law.
The founding dean of UCI’s law school, Chemerinsky’s expertise includes constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and liberties, and appellate litigation. He also has a joint appointment in political science.
Previously, he taught at Duke Law School for four years, during which he won the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award in 2006. Before that, he taught for 21 years at the University of Southern California School of Law. Chemerinsky has also taught at UCLA School of Law and DePaul University College of Law.
He is the author of eight books, including The Case Against the Supreme Court published in 2014, and more than 200 articles in top law reviews. He frequently argues cases before the nation’s highest courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media. He writes a weekly column for the Orange County Register, monthly columns for the ABA Journal and the Daily Journal, and frequent op-eds in newspapers across the country. In January 2014, National Jurist magazine named Chemerinsky the most influential person in legal education in the United States.
He holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.
We look forward to having Chemerinsky join us May 24, 2016.
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