Honoring Our Veterans text written across an impage of the American flag

Message From the Dean on Veterans Day

Honoring Our Veterans text written across an impage of the American flag

Dear NYLS Community,

Veterans Day is a time for the nation to come together and celebrate our veterans, and to honor their contributions and sacrifices. 

I am deeply proud of the many members of our own NYLS community who have served, or are now serving, in our armed forces. At a time when democracy is in peril across the world, we must appreciate the significant challenges and turmoil in which members of the armed forces carry out their duties with honor and dedication to service. We are grateful for the example they provide, reminding us that as lawyers and advocates, we are a profession in service of others, with an unwavering commitment to upholding the rule of law and our democratic values, and expanding justice.

I am grateful to our chapter of the Student Veterans of America and to our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for ensuring that our NYLS veterans receive the support they need wherever they may be. Thank you as well to all the students, faculty, staff, and alumni, including our Board Chair Arthur Abbey ’59, Dean of Faculty William LaPiana, Professor Ross Sandler, and NYLS Student Veterans of America leader and first year student Andrzej “Zej” Moczydlowski for participating in a very special Veterans Day program earlier this week (see photos).

To our veteran students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are members of the armed forces––thank you for your service, today and every day.

Dean Crowell

Names of NYLS veteran students, alumni, faculty and staff