PITTSBURGH—Two notable University of Pittsburgh alumni will each address a graduating class at this year’s commencement ceremonies. Biographical information on this year’s commencement speakers follows. For more information regarding the events, see Pitt’s commencement website.
Graduate Ceremony Speaker: David C. FrederickOn Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center, David C. Frederick (A&S ’83) will speak to students who have earned master’s, professional doctoral and doctoral degrees.
Frederick, a prominent Washington, D.C., attorney, has argued more than 100 appeals cases, including 50 before the U.S. Supreme Court. At the Supreme Court, he has represented individuals, workers, investors, immigrants, classes of consumers, farmers, Native Americans, small corporations, public-sector unions, trade associations, large companies, foreign governments, U.S. states, the European Union and the United States.
In the lower courts, Frederick also represented retired football players in their historic settlement with the National Football League for concussion-related injuries and illnesses.
Frederick graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law; the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar; and the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a Truman scholar and the first-ever Pitt student to receive the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor wrote forewords to two of his three books on oral arguments before the Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, respectively.
Since 2001, Frederick has been a partner at Washington, D.C., law firm Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick, P.L.L.C.
At Pitt, Frederick created a scholarship to support tuition for six full-time undergraduate students who work part- or full-time jobs to pay for their education. He also established the David C. Frederick Public Service Internship Award, which supports unpaid public service summer internships, granted by the University Honors College and the Department of …