Albany Law School is excited to announce that Robert Capers ’96 will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2021 at the school’s 170th Commencement Ceremony at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on May 21, 2021.
Currently, he is the Chief United States Probation Officer for the Eastern District of New York and an Albany Law School Trustee.
“It is an absolute honor to address the Class of 2021. It marks 25 years since I sat in their place as an Albany Law School graduate. These resilient folks have defied considerable odds in successfully completing law school and beginning their journey as lawyers at a time where the law matters more than ever before,” he said. “I hope to offer them words to reflect upon their successes and to inspire them in this successful and rewarding career as they look ahead to the future.”
Prior to joining the U.S. Probation Office, Capers was a partner at Arent Fox LLP, where he was an integral part of the firm’s Business Compliance & Integrity Monitorships team.
He has served as a prosecutor for over two decades, beginning his career at the New York County District Attorney’s Office under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.
In 2015, he was nominated by former President Barack Obama to serve as the US Attorney for Eastern District of New York. In that role he oversaw all federal criminal and civil investigations and cases in the district and managed a staff of approximately 180 attorneys and 130 support personnel.
Speaking to Albany Law School classes isn’t new to Capers. In 2017, Capers delivered the keynote address for the Class of 2020’s Orientation.
"Take advantage of it. Make this the most rewarding experience you can. And then, at the end of this, when you are being toasted and being sent off, go out and make a difference,” he said three years ago.