Dennis Brown | March 27, 2019
Four distinguished U.S. and international leaders, as well as a longtime University of Notre Dame faculty member and administrator, will join the principal speaker, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and renowned speechwriter Peggy Noonan, as honorary degree recipients at Notre Dame’s 174th University Commencement Ceremony on May 19.
Noonan, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The other honorary degree recipients are:
Carol Corrigan (doctor of laws)
An associate justice of the California Supreme Court since 2006, Corrigan is recognized as one of the leading jurists in the state, receiving, among many honors, the Saint Thomas More Award, the California Judicial Council Jurist of the Year award and the Robert E. Keeton Distinguished Faculty Award from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She served as co-chair of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System, a role that concluded in 2017 with the release of a 290-page report with 13 recommendations. In the November 2018 elections, Corrigan, who was retained for another 12-year term by California voters, and a fellow associate justice were described by the Los Angeles Times as judges whose “votes and opinions peg neither as an obvious liberal or conservative, ideologue or pragmatist. Both are considered deft thinkers and writers.” Corrigan previously served on the state’s 1st District Court of Appeal, Alameda County Superior Court and Oakland, Emeryville Piedmont Judicial District. Before her appointment to the bench, she was senior deputy district attorney for Alameda County. A magna cum laude graduate of Holy Names University, she earned her juris doctor degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law.
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