The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III to be Graduation Speaker
The Honorable J. Harvie Wilkinson III will deliver the graduation address when Mason Law students meet on Saturday, May 19, for the 2007 School of Law Convocation at 2:00 p.m. at Mason's Concert Hall on the Fairfax Campus.
Judge Wilkinson was nominated to the Fourth Circuit by Ronald Reagan, and his appointment was confirmed by the Senate in August 1984. He served as chief judge from 1996-2003 and continues to serve on the court today.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Judge Wilkinson graduated with honors in 1967 from Yale University, where he was president of the Yale Political Union. After service in the United States Army, Judge Wilkinson began his legal studies at the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1972. He was a member of both the law review and the Order of the Coif.
After graduation from law school, Judge Wilkinson was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr. from 1972-73. Subsequently he returned to academia as an assistant professor, and later an associate professor, at the University of Virginia School of Law, positions that he held for a total of five years before becoming editorial page editor of the Norfolk, Virginia, newspaper The Virginian-Pilot. He later returned to UVA's law school as a full professor. In 1982 he joined the United States Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division.
Judge Wilkinson has served on the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia and as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves. He holds a variety of honorary degrees as well as appointments to the boards of The Federal Judicial Center and the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation. In 2004 the University of Virginia awarded Judge Wilkinson the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law. He is a member of the Virginia Bar, the Virginia Bar Association, and the American Law Institute, as well as the author of four books.
Graduation information for students and faculty, including a timetable for the graduation events, is available online.