University of Pittsburgh
May 22, 2005

Pitt Law School Commencement to be Held May 28

Susan P. Koniak, Boston University law professor and former Pitt faculty member, to deliver commencement address
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PITTSBURGH—Susan P. Koniak, Richard L. Godfrey Faculty Research Scholar and professor of law at Boston University School of Law, will deliver the commencement address at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's 2005 commencement at 11 a.m. May 28 in the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium and Museum, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland. A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the Cathedral of Learning Commons Room.

Pitt's Student Bar Association will announce the winner of its Excellence in Teaching Award during the ceremony. In addition, the association will recognize Pitt School of Law Dean David Herring, who is retiring as dean in June and returning to the faculty full-time in fall 2005 as a professor in the school.

Koniak was a Pitt faculty member for five years before joining Boston University's law school in 1993. A distinguished scholar and educator, Koniak has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Cornell universities' law schools and the Yale School of Management.

She has published numerous articles and has coauthored three textbooks, Foundations of the Law and Ethics of Lawyering (Foundation Press, 2004) with George M. Cohen, Leading Constitutional Decisions (Prentice-Hall, 1986) with Robert F. Cushman, and Cases in Constitutional Law (Prentice-Hall, 1994).

Koniak has testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the conduct of lawyers involved in the Enron case and similar corporate scandals, and before the House Judiciary Committee on abusive conduct of class action lawyers.