Courts & Justice Law Journal
Advocatus Iustitia Aeque
1 Cts. & Just. L.J.
ARTICLE | VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1
Yale Law School Commencement
Address Class of 2019
by Neal K. Katyal, Partner, Hogan Lovells; Former Acting Solicitor General; Saunders Professor Georgetown Law
1 Cts. & Just. L.J. 101 (2019)
Last year, my friend Justice Goodwin Liu stood before the class of 2018. His brilliant speech had 21 footnotes. Now, this isn’t gonna be that kind of speech. I’m going to speak personally, because every day since I received the call from Dean Gerken inviting me to do this, I’ve woken up thinking about it, wondering what to say to you, having improbably received this gift of a chance.
I had hoped to be light today, because that’s part of what the day calls for. But I lost a dear friend and my right-hand Supreme Court researcher 3 months ago, a young man named David Whipple. David was whom I hired when Zoe Jacoby, of your graduating class, left my side to attend school here. As you all know, it’s darn hard to replace Zoe. But David did. And while working with me, he was admitted to the YLS class of 2022 — which means, 3 years from now, he was supposed to be sitting where you are. But he was killed in a car accident. And that got me thinking: If you want humor, you’ve got late-night T.V. — and you can always make fun of Harvard Law kids.
Humoud Y. Alfadhli
/ May 2019 / C&JLJ _____________________________________________