Elon Law's 2016 Commencement ceremony will feature Judge Albert Diaz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
United States Circuit Judge Albert Diaz was nominated to the Fourth Circuit by President Obama. His nomination was forwarded to the full U.S. Senate by unanimous vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he was confirmed by voice vote with bipartisan support of the two senators representing North Carolina. Judge Diaz is the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Judge Diaz previously served as a North Carolina Superior Court Judge with the distinction of being the first Hispanic Superior Court Judge in the state. Judge Diaz also served as a Special Superior Court Judge in the North Carolina Business Court, which has a close association with Elon Law. While a member of the U.S. Marines Corps and its Reserves, Judge Diaz served as a prosecutor, defense lawyer and military judge for the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary and Appellate Judge for the U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals. Judge Diaz practiced with Hunton & Williams in Charlotte. He earned his Bachelor of Science in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law and his Master of Science from Boston University. He has held leadership roles in the North Carolina Bar Association and is active in other bar associations.
Elon Law’s Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2016 will take place May 21 at Elon University. More information about Elon Law’s Commencement week activities is available here. Updates will be posted to Elon Law’s Commencement website throughout the spring as events and programs are finalized.