Voices of the Bar 5/21/15: Who is the best commencement speaker you’ve ever seen?

It’s commencement season, and the BBA wants to offer a hearty congratulations to the graduating classes of our five sponsor law firms, as well as to all of the other graduates in the Boston area. We’re also looking forward to hearing about the inspiring words of advice that they’ll be hearing from this year’s commencement speakers, who include Chief Justice of the SJC Ralph Gants, Senator Edward Markey, and David Simas.

With this in mind, BBA Week reached out and asked:

“Who is the best commencement speaker you’ve ever seen??”

Harvey Weiner – Peabody & Arnold LLP
“I will never forget the 2008 Harvard Commencement address of J. K. Rowling.  She spoke of the fringe benefits of failure and the importance of imagination.  Her address was original and devoid of platitudes, just what you might expect from the creator of Harry Potter.”


Paul C. Bauer – Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
“My sister’s school gave an honorary degree to Stevie Wonder and he rocked out with his band for about 20 minutes.  So that by far was the best “Commencement Speaker” I have seen.”


Michael Sommerville – Cetrulo LLP
“William E. Bailey Esq. (deceased  brother of F. Lee Bailey and also a great speaker) is far and away the best speaker I have ever seen.  Intellectually brilliant, warm, personable and funny. Saw him speak many times, always to a standing ovation.”



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