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NY Times lawyer to speak at Albany Law graduation

NY Times lawyer to speak at Albany Law graduation

1992 graduate serves on school's board
NY Times lawyer to speak at Albany Law graduation
Graduates at the 2016 Albany Law commencement.
Photographer: Erica Miller

ALBANY — The New York Times' top litigator, David McCraw — whose letter in response to a request President Donald Trump's campaign went viral — will deliver Albany Law School's commencement address in May.

McCraw, the Times' vice president and deputy general counsel, graduated from Albany Law in 1992 and serves on the school's board of trustees. 

He works on a wide range of legal issues for the Times newsroom, including libel, freedom of information and access to the courts. He also helps lead a crisis response team when overseas journalists are kidnapped or detained.  

But McCraw entered the national spotlight in the fall, thanks to a letter he sent to one of Trump's attorneys. The Trump lawyer had demanded the Times retract an article about two women who accused Trump of groping them. 

"We refuse to do so," McCraw wrote in the letter, which led the Times' most emailed and shared lists after it was published. In the letter, he listed examples of Trump's own comments about touching women and intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their changing rooms.

"Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself," McCraw wrote.  

The law school commencement is scheduled for May 19 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

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