The Catholic University of America

May 21, 2007

Veterans Affairs Secretary to Speak at Law School Commencement

Catholic University's Columbus School of Law will hold its annual commencement on Friday, May 25, 2007, at 2 p.m.

This year's law school commencement speaker will be R. James Nicholson, secretary of veterans affairs.

Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson

As director of the nation's largest Cabinet department, Secretary Nicholson is the principal advocate for U.S. veterans. His earlier positions include U.S. ambassador to the Holy See (2001-2004) and chair of the Republican National Committee for almost four years. He was sworn in as secretary of veterans affairs on Feb. 1, 2005.

"Jim Nicholson has been an honorable public servant who has never hesitated to demonstrate the importance of his Catholic faith to who he is and what he does," says Father O'Connell. "I first met him in his role as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican and our paths have crossed many times since then. CUA Law is privileged to welcome such a distinguished man to this year's commencement ceremonies."

"I am delighted that Secretary Nicholson will address the law school's class of 2007. He is a public servant of exceptional achievement," says Veryl V. Miles, dean of the Columbus School of Law. "We have always encouraged our students to reflect upon the lawyer's role in society, and to put their legal skills and training in service of the common good. Secretary Nicholson is an outstanding example of the lawyer-citizen that we hope all of our graduates aspire to be. The law school community looks forward to hearing his message."

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To cover the law school commencement, contact Tom Haederle in the law school's Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5438.