U.S. District Judge Denny Chin to Address Spring 2009 Law Graduates

Coral Gables (May 21, 2009) — U.S. District Judge Denny Chin will inspire and motivate law school graduates at the University of Miami School of Law’s Spring 2009 Commencement. He will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 17, 2009. The event begins at 2:00 p.m. and will be held in the BankUnited Center, 1245 Walsh Avenue, on the UM Coral Gables campus.

Mr. Chin serves in the Southern District of New York, where he has presided over a number of high-profile cases, including three that were used as plots for the popular Law & Order television series. Aside from the prominence of his cases, Chin is the first Asian-American to be appointed to a federal district court judgeship outside the ninth Circuit, and is one of only six Asian-American federal judges. He was appointed to the federal bench by President Clinton in 1994.

In the time since, Mr. Chin has overseen several prominent cases – most recently, the United States v. Bernard L. Madoff. Chin also presided over the criminal prosecution of Larry Stewart, the handwriting expert who was accused of committing perjury during the trial of Martha Stewart; and the criminal trial of Oscar Wyatt, the Texas oil billionaire accused of working with the Hussein regime during the UN Oil-For-Food Programme.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Chin practiced law for 14 years. He started out as a clerk with the Honorable Henry Werker, and went on to practice with the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell from 1980 to 1982. From 1982 to 1986, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In 1986, he left the U.S. Attorney's Office and started the law firm Campbell, Patrick & Chin. Shortly after, Chin joined the law firm Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., where he specialized in labor and employment law, representing employees and unions. He practiced at Vladeck until his appointment to the bench in 1994.

Denny Chin was born in 1954 in Kowloon, Hong Kong and came to the U.S. in 1956. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1971, and went on to receive his Bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University. After college, he studied law at Fordham University School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Fordham Law Review. He graduated from Fordham in 1978, and has taught there as an adjunct professor for 20 years.

On Saturday, May 16, 2009, the UM School of Law will host a reception for law graduates and their families from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Law School Quadrangle, located at 1311 Miller Drive, Coral Gables. For parents and friends of the graduates who cannot attend the Coral Gables ceremonies, they will be streamed live on the World Wide Web. Visit http://www.miami.edu/commencement to watch the ceremonies live or for more information.

For more information about the School of Law’s Spring 2009 Commencement, visit their Commencement web page at http://www.law.miami.edu/graduation/spring2009/, or contact the Dean of Students Office at 305-284-4551.


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