U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will deliver the keynote address for the University of Baltimore School of Law commencement on May 13, 2019, at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Theatre in Baltimore.
Rosenstein, a Bethesda resident and former U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, became U.S. Deputy Attorney General in April 2017. Following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged ties between individuals associated with the Donald Trump presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 elections, and related matters.
A native of Philadelphia, Rosenstein graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics. He attended Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and graduated cum laude in 1989. While a law student, he was a Wasserstein Fellow and also completed an internship with then-acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Robert Mueller.
After graduation from Harvard, Rosenstein served as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He joined the staff of the U.S. Department of Justice in 1990 and has served the Department in various capacities since. He has taught at UB School of Law as an adjunct professor.
President George W. Bush nominated Rosenstein to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland on May 23, 2005. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and held that post until 2017, when he was named Deputy Attorney General.