You have to admit — of all places to be asked to give a commencement speech, one’s alma mater is the most fun (especially since there is some question I could get in to the school now! I fear the answer.)
I was emailed below the email that members of the Georgetown Law community received from Dean William Michael Treanor.
It sure goes to show, anything is possible, right? me?
And congratulations to Walter Pincus! Walter is nothing short of amazing! I have been following his career for years!
To the members of the Georgetown Law community,
This year at graduation we will be celebrating two Georgetown Law alumni who have drawn on the critical thinking and legal skills that distinguish graduates of this law school and made important contributions in the field of journalism. Law Center alumna, former Prettyman Stiller Fellow, and Adjunct Professor Greta Van Susteren (L’79, LL.M.’82) will serve as speaker at the Georgetown Law Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19. Veteran Washington journalist Walter Pincus (L’01) will also be awarded an honorary degree.
Both have deep ties to Georgetown. Van Susteren is a dual degree holder from the Law Center. After she received her J.D. in 1979, she became the first Stuart Stiller Fellow at Georgetown Law, joining the prestigious E. Barrett Prettyman-Stuart Stiller Fellowship Program in criminal defense and clinical teaching, and she received her LL.M. in 1982. She subsequently served as an adjunct professor at the Law Center from 1984 to 1999, teaching Trial Practice, Advanced Evidence Seminar, Criminal Trial Litigation, Trial Practice: Emphasis on Tort Litigation, Civil Discovery Seminar, and Media & the Law. In 2010 she received the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance (GEMA) alumni achievement award. Pincus attended Georgetown Law in our part-time program, graduating in 2001. In the intervening years, he has come back to campus to participate on panels and serve on advisory boards.
Van Susteren is the host of a primetime news and interview program, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” which launched in 2002 on Fox News Channel. A former criminal defense and civil trial lawyer, she joined CNN in 1991 as a legal analyst. She spent 11 years there, where she hosted the primetime news and analysis show, “The Point with Greta Van Susteren,” and co-hosted the daily legal program, “Burden of Proof.”
Van Susteren has been named one of the world’s 100 most powerful women by Forbes magazine. In 2001, she received the Sandra Day O’Connor Medal of Honor from Seton Hall University and the American Bar Association Presidential Award for “Excellence in Journalism.” She was also honored with the 2002 National Headliners Award as part of an investigative team covering the September 11, 2011, terrorist attacks.
Pincus has been a national security reporter at the Washington Post since 1975. He has written about a variety of subjects, including nuclear weapons, arms control, political campaigns, the American hostages in Iran, and investigations of Congress and the executive branch. He covered the Iran-Contra affair, the case of confessed spy Aldrich Ames and allegations of Chinese espionage at nuclear weapons laboratories. He has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University and has taught a seminar at Stanford University’s Stanford-in-Washington program since 2002.
Pincus has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy for columns on foreign policy, a 1981 Emmy for writing a CBS documentary on strategic nuclear weapons and the 1977 George Polk Award for articles exposing the neutron warhead.
I look forward to celebrating the legal and journalistic achievements of these two distinguished alumni.
William Michael Treanor