Professor Don Doernberg to Present Totenberg with Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree

[WHITE PLAINS, NY – May 15, 2009] – Nina Totenberg, Legal Affairs Correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), will give the keynote address to the graduating class of Pace Law School and receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during its 2009 commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, at the law school’s campus in White Plains, NY.

Michelle S. Simon, dean of Pace Law School, will preside at the commencement ceremony.  Ms. Totenberg will serve as the keynote speaker for the event, addressing the 295 graduating students and an audience consisting of faculty members, parents, family and friends.  Additionally, in recognition of her achievements, on behalf of Pace Law School, Professor Don Doernberg will present Totenberg with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, placing her among the ranks of other notable past keynotes, including NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly; US Court of Appeals Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor; and former US Attorney General Janet Reno.  Additional awards will be presented to students and staff members in recognition of their dedication and exemplary work.

“Nina Totenberg is one of this country’s most distinguished journalists and has performed the great public service of helping millions of us better understand the law, one of the great mechanisms for an orderly society,” said Dean Simon.  “More than that, by making the law less mysterious and more transparent, she has made it more accountable.”

Nina Totenberg is NPR’s award-winning legal affairs correspondent, who has received widespread recognition for her coverage of the Supreme Court and legal affairs.  Her ground-breaking report about University of Oklahoma Law Professor Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment by Judge Clarence Thomas helped earn NPR the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.

That same coverage earned Totenberg additional awards, among them: the Long Island University George Polk Award for excellence in journalism; the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative reporting; the Carr Van Anda Award from the Scripps School of Journalism; and the prestigious Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based national affairs/public policy reporting, which also acknowledged her coverage of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s retirement.

Totenberg has been honored seven times by the American Bar Association for continued excellence in legal reporting and has received a number of honorary degrees. On a lighter note, in 1992 and 1988 Esquire magazine named her one of the “Women We Love.”

Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 6,700 alumni throughout the country and the world. It offers full- and part-time day and evening JD programs on its White Plains, NY, campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law, Real Estate Law and in Comparative Legal Studies and an SJD in Environmental Law. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County

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