This year’s Georgetown Law Commencement Speaker is alumna and former Law Center professor Greta Van Susteren (L’79, LL.M. ‘82), according to an announcement published April 30, 2:19 p.m., on Van Susteren’s website. Van Susteren is known for her current role as a Fox News personality.
An excerpt from Van Susteren’s announcment is included below:
“Georgetown Law Center has invited me to be their 2013 Commencement speaker as well as the recipient of an Honorary Degree (I have two law degrees from Georgetown — JD and LLM…but the Honorary degree is particularly fun!)
So how long did it take for me to make up my mind and accept? oh…maybe 1 second (or even a 1/2 second?) It is my alma mater and that’s always particularly fun.
I loved Georgetown. I had so much fun going to law school at G’town and it has shaped my career in so many ways. I also spent years as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown — until the students got just too smart for me and I could not keep up with them.
Yes, going to Georgetown was one of those ‘game changers’ in life.”
Neither Georgetown University nor Georgetown Law administration has publicly confirmed Van Susteren’s status as Commencement Speaker or status as honorary degree recipient. As of May 1, 2013, the Office of Dean of Students and Dean’s Office have both declined to comment. The Georgetown Law Office of Student Life (OSL) also declined to comment, except to note that OSL “does not have a hand in choosing the [Commencement] speaker.”
In a blog post on May 1, Van Susteren noted: “[N]ow I just have to write a good speech! That feels like being back in school!”
Van Susteren currently hosts “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” airing weeknights at 10pm ET on Fox News Channel. Last year, Forbes Magazine ranked Van Susteren #94 on their annual “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list. According to Forbes, Van Susteren is “currently the longest serving cable news anchor - male or female - on television,” and her program is the only primetime cable television show anchored in Washington, DC.
Van Susteren served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law from 1984 through 1999, an experience that later led her to call law school grading a “fraud,” noting that she gave most of her students A’s, as recorded in a Youtube video that has since been removed.
In 2010, the Georgetown Entertainment and Media Alliance (GEMA) awarded Van Susteren the annual GEMALaw Alumni Achievement Award, “given annually to a Law Center graduate who represents outstanding professional accomplishment and a long-standing commitment to sports, entertainment and media,” according to a Law Center press release.
Last year, Georgetown Law’s Commencement Speaker was Gay J. McDougall, former United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues and the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2011, the Law Center’s Commencement Speaker was Brendan V. Sullivan Jr. (C‘64, L‘67), a senior partner at Williams & Connolly LLP.
Is Greta Van Susteren a controversial choice for this year’s Commencement Speaker? We’d love to hear your comments—especially you, Class of 2013!