Nabiha Syed to Deliver Northeastern Law Commencement Address


04.29.21 —Northeastern University School of Law will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2021 on Friday, May 14, at 1 pm at Northeastern University’s Parsons Field in Brookline, Massachusetts. Nabiha Syed, president of The Markup, a new online publication illuminating how powerful institutions are using technology in ways that impact society, will deliver the commencement address. Graduates and two invited guests will be permitted to attend the ceremony; the festivities will also be live streamed on the law school’s website

Before joining The Markup, Syed was vice president and associate general counsel at BuzzFeed, where she counseled on newsgathering, libel and privacy matters worldwide. Under her leadership, the company successfully defended against libel litigations arising out of the publication of the Steele dossier and initiated numerous notable access litigations. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, she was an associate at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a leading media law firm, and a First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. She was named a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” by the New York Law Journal in 2016, a finalist for the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Bar Association in 2017 and received the Inaugural Rising Star Award from the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press in 2018.

Syed holds a JD from Yale Law School, where she co-founded the nation’s first media access law clinic, and an MSt from the University of Oxford, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar. She earned her undergraduate degree from John Hopkins University. Syed has been described as “one of the best emerging free speech lawyers” by Forbes magazine.

The faculty address will be delivered by University Distinguished Professor of Law Margaret Burnham. Students Moriah Wilkins ’21, Alysia (Aly) Madan ’21 and Sumit Sachdeo LLM ’21 will also deliver remarks.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences. All students participate in full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 1,500 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

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