Albany Law School will be closed today until 4pm due to the weather.
Albany Law School is proud to announce that David McCraw, vice president and deputy general counsel for the New York Times, and the newspaper's primary litigator, will be the keynote speaker at the Law School's 166th Commencement, to be held at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on May 19, 2017.
Mr. McCraw is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Times newsroom on issues such as libel, freedom of information, access to the courts, and news gathering. Before joining the New York Times in 2002, he was the deputy general counsel for the New York Daily News, and a litigation associate at Clifford Chance, and Rogers and Wells. Before that he clerked for Judge Richard Simons, Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.
He is a member of Albany Law School's class of 1992 and currently serves on the Law School's Board of Trustees.
He is active in pro bono work in many parts of the world on issues of press freedom and freedom of information, and has been described as "one of the best media lawyers in the country and a tireless defender of the First Amendment."
Mr. McCraw has filed more than 20 lawsuits against the Obama administration regarding Freedom of Information requests, and has engaged in a high profile legal conflict with President Trump's lawyers regarding a request to retract a story.
Mr. McCraw also plays a major role in the paper's security efforts for overseas journalists, where he helps lead crisis response for kidnappings or when journalists are detained.
He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, a master's degree from Cornell University, and his J.D. from Albany Law School.