U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) will deliver the keynote address at UCLA School of Law’s 67th Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 11.
Through a distinguished career in the military, law practice and state and federal government, Lieu has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the defense of civil liberties, consumer rights and the environment.
Currently, he represents California’s 33rd congressional district, which includes UCLA and the Westwood area. First elected in 2014, he serves as the assistant whip of the 115th Congress and is a member of the House committees on the judiciary and foreign affairs. He is a leading voice in areas including veterans’ affairs, cybersecurity and climate change.
Lieu has also been a regular visitor to UCLA, meeting with students, making a presentation on bail reform in conjunction with UCLA Law’s Prison Law and Policy Program, and supporting UCLA’s 10-year, $16.5 million commitment to develop new services and programs — including the UCLA Law Veterans’ Legal Clinic — at the VA in West L.A.
A former active-duty officer in the Air Force and member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Lieu has received numerous awards and medals for his service and continues to serve as a colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He previously served in the California State Assembly and State Senate, where he wrote legislation that bolstered regulations of the subprime mortgage industry, reformed taxes on small businesses, protected LBGT rights and offered solutions to global warming. Before that, he was a member of the city council of Torrance, California, and worked as the Torrance Environmental Quality Commissioner.
Born in Taiwan, Lieu grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and earned undergraduate degrees in computer science and political science at Stanford University. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Law Journal and graduated magna cum laude. He then served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Tang of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In a letter to the UCLA Law community announcing Lieu’s participation, Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin said, “His dedication to protecting veterans and consumers, promoting global technology and innovation, and tackling issues of climate change, as well as his outspoken advocacy for responsible leadership in Washington, D.C., are just a few of the reasons we are so pleased he will speaking to our graduates, their families and the law school community at commencement.”
UCLA Law’s 2018 Commencement ceremony will be held in Dickson Court North, adjacent to Dodd Hall, starting at 3:30 p.m. on May 11. All are welcome, and tickets are not required.