UB School of Law Commencement Features Keynote Speech by Andre Davis, Baltimore City Solicitor and Former Federal Judge, May 22

WEBCAST UPDATE: Technical difficulties during the May 22 Commencement prevented us from hosting a live webcast for the Commencement. Instead, here is a recording from the ceremony. The larger screen is devoted to a sign language interpreter, while the smaller screen shows the event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The University ofAndre Davis Baltimore School of Law will host its annual commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 22 at 1 p.m. in the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, adjacent to the UB campus. Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis, a former judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, will deliver a keynote speech.

UB School of Law Dean Ronald Weich and UB President Kurt Schmoke will offer a welcome to the 2018 graduates and their guests. Katrina Dennis, J.D. ’04, a member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, will bring greetings from the board.

A native of Baltimore, Andre Davis served as an appellate attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 1980-81. He was named Assistant U.S. Attorney for Maryland in 1981, holding that post until 1983, when he moved into private practice. From 1984 until 1987, he was an assistant professor in the University of Maryland School of Law. He was appointed an associate judge for the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City in 1987, then, in 1990, named an associate judge for the city’s Circuit Court.

President Bill Clinton selected Davis to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of Maryland in 1995; his nomination was unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate. He continued in that position until 2000, when he was named a judge for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals before the end of Clinton’s term. Clinton’s successor, George W. Bush, decided not to renominate Davis to the position, but President Barack Obama nominated him in 2009. He served as a judge until 2017, when he was named City Solicitor by Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Davis earned a B.A. in American history from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1978.

Learn more about the School of Law’s Commencement.

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