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Commencement Speakers

Undergraduate Ceremonies Speaker

Joey Jackson Mr. Joey Jackson '88 is a nationally recognized criminal defense attorney who has for nearly two decades represented individuals and labor unions in state and federal court. After graduating from Hofstra Law School, Mr. Jackson was appointed Assistant District Attorney under Robert Morgenthau. Following a successful career as a prosecutor where he received the Distinguished Public Service Award, Mr. Jackson joined the firm of Koehler & Isaacs LLP where he serves as Senior Trial Counsel specializing in Criminal Defense and Labor & Employment.

Prior to law school, he earned his MPA from SUNY Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. While earning his master's degree, he worked for the NYS Assembly Speaker as a Legislative Analyst. He also holds a BA from The College at Brockport, where he participated in the Honors College, directed the student-run Legal Information Service, served as student body president, and interned with the NYS Education Department as well as Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) in Washington, DC.

In addition to defending clients criminally and representing them in other related matters, Mr. Jackson also is employed by CNN/HLN as a Legal Analyst.

Graduate Ceremony Speaker

Leonard BrockDr. Leonard M. Brock '03/'05, director for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative at United Way, is a certified leadership coach, scholar-practitioner, consultant, business owner and non-profit executive.  

In May 2011, Dr. Brock completed the Leadership Coaching Certificate Program at the University of Rochester and McArdle Ramerman Co. Dr. Brock earned his Doctorate of Education in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College in August 2009. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Master of Public Administration, both obtained from The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

Dr. Brock has extensive experience working with inner-city youth and young adults in non-profit, government and collegiate settings. He is a nationally recognized scholar-practitioner, having worked in various states throughout the country to advance education reform and black male achievement.

Dr. Brock is recognized for his many contributions to the Rochester community with numerous awards and accolades, including:

  • Democrat and Chronicle Emerging African American Leaders Under 40
  • Author O. Eve Opportunity for Higher Education Program Alumni of the Year Award at The College at Brockport
  • Top African American Leaders Under 40
  • New York State TRIO Achiever Award
  • ochester Business Journal Top Forty Under 40 Award
  • Black Men ROC Awards

Last Updated 4/22/16