At its 34th Commencement Ceremonies to be held on May 20, 2012, Pace Law School will confer an honorary degree on The Honorable Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr., US District Judge for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
Judge Carter, the youngest sitting judge in the Southern District of New York, was nominated by President Barack Obama in May 2011 and confirmed by the United States Senate in December 2011. Previously, he served as United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York beginning in July 2009.
Early in his career, Judge Carter worked for 13 years as a public defender, representing those who could not afford legal counsel.. He was with the Federal Defenders of New York from 2005-2009, first as a staff attorney and the last three years as a supervising attorney. From 1996-2005, he was with the Legal Aid Society of New York, serving in the criminal defense division and then in the federal defenders division. Prior to his work as a public defender, he fulfilled a two-year fellowship with the Ford Foundation where he conducted legal research and supported the Foundation’s grant making efforts.
From Albany, Georgia, Judge Carter graduated from the University of Texas in 1991 and earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994. While a law student, Carter co-founded the BELL Foundation, an organization that provides educational summer and after school activities for students from low-income communities. He continues to serve on the Foundation’s board of directors.
“We are pleased to have Judge Carter as our commencement speaker. I believe his distinguished record of public service will be an inspiration for our graduates,” said Pace Law School Dean Michelle S. Simon.
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