Comedienne Mindy Kaling – star of TV’s “The Mindy Project” and before that, “The Office” – was one of the speakers at Harvard Law School’s commencement ceremony this month.
Why? I’m not sure either.
But Kaling apparently was a hit, according to the ABA Journal. She said she knew a lot about the law “because I sue everybody!”
She applauded the class about to join other Harvard law alums, including Barack Obama and Elle Woods. You remember Elle – “from the trenchant documentary Legally Blonde.”
Kaling envisioned a future so bright, the Harvard Class of 2014 ought to wear shades: “Most of you will go on to the noblest pursuits, like helping a cable company acquire a telecom company. You will defend BP from birds. You will spend hours arguing that the well water was contaminated well before the fracking occurred. One of you will sort out the details of my prenup, a dozen of you will help with my acrimonious divorce…”
And some might go into politics, but the Harvard panache actually could work a disadvantage.
“When you run for Senate, you will have to distance yourself from it to seem more like a regular person,” she warned. “You won’t be able to buy a pickup truck rusty enough to distance yourself from this place.”
At least the Harvard law grads got a laugh. You can use your imagination to ponder whether recent commencement speakers in the Old Dominion got as many chuckles when they appeared at law schools here this month:
University of Virginia – Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D-Mass.
College of William & Mary – Justice Antonin Scalia, who observed that law school costs too much.
Regent University – Dr. Benjamin Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins.
Washington & Lee University – Christopher Wolf, a partner at Hogan Lovells LLP and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum.
Wolf is a W&L alum (’80L), but Appalachian School of Law may have the best connection of all to its speaker. Judge Susan Chehardy of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was there to give the talk.
Why pick a judge from down in the bayous?
Chehardy’s daughter, Diana Netterville, was a member of the ASL Class of ’14.