HLS professors receive honorary degrees, deliver commencement addresses

Top: Nancy Gertner, Noah Feldman and Martha Minow; Bottom: Elizabeth Warren, Laurence Tribe ’66 and Annette Gordon-Reed

Top: Nancy Gertner, Noah Feldman and Martha Minow; Bottom: Elizabeth Warren, Laurence Tribe ’66 and Annette Gordon-Reed

Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Professors Elizabeth Warren, Laurence Tribe ’66, Nancy Gertner, Noah Feldman and Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 all received honorary degrees at college and law school commencement ceremonies this spring.

Minow, the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, received an honorary degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, on June 3, and one from Hebrew College in Boston on June 5. She gave the commencement address at Hebrew College and she also delivered the commencement address to the new graduates of the the McGill Faculty of law.

Gertner, who will join the HLS faculty as a professor of practice in September, was awarded an honorary degree at Brandeis University’s commencement on May 20. A judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts since 1994, Gertner will retire from the bench in the fall.

Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor, received an honorary degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law on May 21. He also received an honorary doctorate on March 29 from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Penales (INACIPE), or National Institute of Criminal Science. A constitutional law scholar who most recently served as senior counselor for Access to Justice in the Department of Justice last year, Tribe plans to return to teaching in the fall.

Warren, the Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law, received an honorary degree from Rutgers University. She joined the HLS faculty in 1992, and has served as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and chief adviser to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. She is currently on leave as she serves as Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury, charged with setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In addition to receiving an honorary degree, Warren also spoke at the Rutgers School of Law-Newark’s convocation on May 27.

“Law school opened a thousand doors for me,” said Warren, a graduate of Rutgers School of Law. “Students come here from different backgrounds and have different experiences here, but one way or another, this place opens doors. Now that doors are open to you, you can open doors for others. You have the tools to effect change in institutions and in our country.”

Feldman, the Bemis Professor of International Law, received an honorary Doctor of Law and gave the commencement address at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., on June 12.

Gordon-Reed received honorary degrees from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., on April 29, and from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., on May 21. On May 16, Gordon-Reed gave an address to graduates of the Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences and the University College.

Jesse Climenko Professor of Law Charles Ogletree ’78 gave the address at Morehouse College’s May 15 graduation.