R. Lanier Anderson, a senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 commencement ceremony of the Walter F. George School of Law. The commencement and hooding ceremony will take place Saturday, May 1, at 10 a.m. in the University Center.
Judge Anderson, a Macon native, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Aug. 6, 1979 and was reappointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Oct. 1, 1981. He assumed senior status as of Feb. 1, 2009. Judge Anderson served as chief judge of the Eleventh Circuit from 1999 to 2002 and as a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on Codes of Conduct, including chairing the committee for three years. The committee is authorized to give advice on ethical questions that arise under the Codes of Conduct and the Ethics Reform Act.
Judge Anderson is a graduate of Yale College and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. His distinguished career includes military service and private law practice before ascending to the bench.
“I am delighted that someone of Judge Anderson’s stature and experience will be our keynote speaker as we celebrate the Class of 2010,” said Dean Daisy Hurst Floyd.
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