Respected Attorney to Address and Receive Honorary Degree at Scranton’s 2012 Graduate School Commencement

05/07/12

In a distinguished career as one of Pennsylvania’s most respected attorneys; one of Scranton’s most revered community leaders; and a scholar, philanthropist and civic activist, Morey Myers, Esq., exemplifies all of the Jesuit ideals. On Saturday, May 26, Myers will serve as the principal speaker and receive an honorary degree during The University of Scranton’s 2012 graduate school commencement, which will be held at 10:45 a.m. at the Byron Recreation Complex.

Myers will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his passionate dedication to the rule of law and to social justice, as well as his intellect, vision and leadership.

Myers served with distinction in the public sector and as a leading private practice attorney.

During the civil rights movement, Myers was among the few lawyers who traveled to the South as a volunteer to provide legal services for those engaged in civil disobedience, specifically in St. Augustine, Fla., in 1964 and in Mississippi in 1965.

From 1987 to 1989, he was general counsel to the late Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey, and as general counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he directed the legal staff of the executive agencies of the Commonwealth and supervised more than 400 attorneys.

A partner in the Philadelphia-based firm of Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis, Myers become a founding partner of the Scranton law firm of Myers, Brier & Kelly. His extraordinary skill in complex litigation as a practitioner in state and federal courts has been recognized throughout his professional life.

Myers’ valued expertise extends from courtrooms to communities. He was a consultant to the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest; chief counsel to Pennsylvania’s Milk Control Commission; and chairman of the Hearing Committee of the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He serves frequently as a mediator in the United States Federal Court.

For his service the community, Myers has received many awards including the Governor Robert P. Casey Medal and the B’Nai Brith Americanism Award.

Myers has served on several boards, including the University’s Board of Trustees, and in a leadership role as chair of the Commitment to Excellence Campaign at Scranton. A sought-after scholar and teacher, he has taught courses on the U.S. Constitution and federalism to undergraduates at his alma mater, Yale University, as well as Hamilton College and Rutgers University, among others.

Myers continues to teach local adult learners through the University’s Schemel Forum.

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