March 24, 2010
Oregon Law Announces Commencement Speaker Hon. Ricardo M. Urbina
Oregon Law is pleased to announce that it will welcome the Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina as the 2010 commencement keynote speaker.
Judge Urbina is a member of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. In April 1981, he became President Ronald Reagan’s first judicial appointment and the first Latino ever appointed to the bench in the District of Columbia. During his 13 years on the Superior Court, Judge Urbina garnered distinction for his handling of complex civil and criminal litigation. He also chaired the court committee that worked with the bar and community organizations to create the court’s Office of Interpreter Services, which for the first time institutionalized the practice of providing court interpreters for non-English speakers and the hearing impaired.
Judge Urbina was born in 1946 in New York, New York, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1970. After graduation, he was a staff attorney at the Washington, D.C. Public Defender Service, worked in private practice, was a professor of law and director of the Criminal Justice Program at Howard University, and was an associate judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge Urbina was nominated to his current position by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
Oregon Law’s 2010 commencement exercises will take place at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, located at 7th Avenue and Willamette Street in Eugene.
For more information on this year’s commencement exercises, please visit the Oregon Law Commencement website.