March 25, 2014 - Dean Matthew Diller has announced that Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Of New York, will address graduates at Cardozo School of Law’s 36th Commencement Ceremony.
“I am thrilled that one of the leading prosecutors in the country will speak at Cardozo’s graduation,” Dean Matthew Diller said. “The integrity and conviction that Bharara possesses in approaching his position will be inspirational to our graduates.”
As U.S. Attorney, Bharara has successfully handled some of the most important cases in the nation, overseeing the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Southern District of New York. Bharara has applied renewed focus with his office of more than 220 Assistant U.S. Attorney on large-scale, sophisticated financial frauds, cybercrime, international narcotics trafficking and terrorism, corruption in city and state government, and insider trading schemes.
In his position, Bharara created the Complex Frauds unit and the Civil Frauds Unit. The Civil Frauds Unit has collected close to $500 million in settlements since its inception, including multi-million dollar settlements with Deutsche Bank and CitiMortgage for faulty lending practices and other fraudulent conduct. The Complex Frauds Unit has addressed the threat of cybercrime, prosecuting core members of hacking groups LulzSec and Anonymous, and conducting the largest international takedown of defendants allegedly engaged in the theft of personal identification information and other crimes over the Internet.
In addition, Bharara has devoted significant resources towards combatting transnational acts of terrorism, narco-terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and money laundering; and has continued to combat corruption in city and state government. His office has prosecuted more than 500 members and associates of gangs throughout the region, and prosecuted one of the most notorious arms traffickers in the world, Viktor Bout, who is now serving a 25-year sentence. His office obtained a life sentence for Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, and for one of the Al Qaeda plotters of the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in East Africa.
In addition, his office has convicted many insider-trading defendants, and also secured the guilty plea of Peter Madoff for his role in brother Bernard’s Ponzi scheme.
Prior to becoming the U.S. Attorney, Bharara was Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Previously he was a litigation associate in New York at Swidler Berlin Shereff Friedman from 1996 to 2000, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher from 1993 to 1996. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and from Columbia Law School, where he was member of the Columbia Law Review.
Bharara has visited Cardozo several times in the past to participate in lectures and conferences, most recently at “The Wolf of Wall Street: Behind the Scenes at Stratton Oakmont,” which examined how to protect investors from fraudulent schemes like the one portrayed in the movie.
Commencement will take place May 27 at 4 p.m. at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center.