Cornell President Hunter Rawlings will preside over the university's 128th commencement on Sunday, May 26, at Schoellkopf Stadium at 11 a.m. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will present an address at Senior Convocation, an event held to honor graduates and their families, at noon on Saturday, May 25, in Barton Hall.
An environmental attorney, Kennedy's address will emphasize environmental challenges and offer pragmatic suggestions for dealing with such issues as global warming, the greenhouse effect and water pollution. He has successfully prosecuted governments and companies for pollution in the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, argued cases to expand citizen access to shorelines and sued sewage treatment plants to force compliance with the Clean Water Act. He serves as chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Kennedy is a clinical professor and supervising attorney at the Environmental Litigation Clinic at Pace University Law School. Among his published books are New York State Apprentice Falconer's Manual, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr., A Biography.
His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Pace Environmental Law Review and others.
A graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy studied at the London School of Economics and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia Law School.