Judge Judy to Deliver New York Law School Commencement Address as Her Granddaughter Graduates (2023)

Judge Judy Sheindlin is heading back to her alma mater next month for a commencement ceremony that will feature three generations of Sheindlin women in law.

Judy Sheindlin, a household name from her long tenure on daytime court show “Judge Judy” and IMDB TV’s new “Judy Justice,” will serve as commencement speaker for New York Law School at its May 26 ceremony at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Sheindlin graduated from the school in 1965; her daughter Nicole earned her J.D. from NYLS in 1993. Next month, Judy Sheindlin’s granddaughter, Sarah Rose, will earn her law degree from the school. Rose also appears on “Judy Justice,” serving as law clerk.

At next month’s ceremony, Judy Sheindlin will present Rose’s J.D., while Nicole Sheindlin will present her mother with her second honorary degree from NYLS.

The ceremony will mark the first in-person graduation for NYLS in more than three years. As such, the event will celebrate the graduating classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022.

“We are beyond thrilled for Judge Judy Sheindlin to return to Brooklyn and her alma mater for New York Law School’s first in-person commencement since the pandemic began and are elated for our students who have worked tirelessly towards this moment to celebrate and share with their loved ones,” said Anthony Crowell, NYLS dean and president. “Judge Sheindlin is an outstanding example of the heights grit and hard-work can take our graduates, and her success in our profession began at a time when there were few women. In a year where we celebrate the resiliency of our NYLS community, and that of our City, she embodies this spirit perfectly.”

Founded in 1891, NYLS is based in Tribeca and has about 1,100 students enrolled annually. In January, Judy Sheindlin made significant gift to the school to fund 10 full-tuition scholarships a year for promising female students.

Judy Sheindlin has long been one of TV’s most popular and highest-paid personalities.She served as supervising judge for Manhattan Family Court from 1986 to 1996, after which she began a 25-year run dispensing no-nonsense small-claims jurisprudence on “Judge Judy.” “Judy Justice” debuted last fall as an experiment in daytime-style daily TV shows for streamer IMDB TV. The series was recently renewed for a second season.

“My return to New York Law School to celebrate three classes of graduates, to present a degree to my granddaughter and to receive an honorary degree from my daughter represents the capstone of my career which began over a half century ago,” Judy Sheindlin said. “Grateful is an understatement.”

(Pictured: Nicole Sheindlin, Sarah Rose and Judge Judy Sheindlin)


Does Judge Judy's granddaughter work with her? ›

"Judge Judy" aired for 25 years before it came to an end. The tough-talking former New York family court judge's popularity made her the highest-paid personality on TV. When it came time for her second act, the TV star asked her granddaughter to join her as her new law clerk.

Who is Sarah Rose to Judge Judy? ›

Rose, 25, is, as fans know, the granddaughter of “Judy Justice” creator/host Judy Sheindlin.

How many grandchildren does Judge Judy have? ›

She has three stepchildren with Sheindlin: Gregory Sheindlin, Jonathan Sheindlin and Nicole Sheindlin, and 13 grandchildren. Jonathan is a retinal surgeon, and Greg and Nicole are lawyers. Nicole is the co-creator (along with her stepmother) of the Her Honor Mentoring program.

What is a convocation speech? ›

Convocation includes a featured speaker and individual recognition of each student who has conferred a degree.

Do both sides get paid on Judge Judy? ›

On Judge Judy, both sides are offered appearance fees, a daily wage and travel expenses for the duration of the taping. Once a decision is made, producers pay it to the victorious party.

Is Judge Judy's partner a female? ›

Who is Judge Judy's female assistant? ›

Law Clerk. Sarah Rose is the Law Clerk for Judy Justice, the Emmy Award-winning courtroom program featuring Judge Judy Sheindlin from Amazon Freevee.

Who is Judge Judy's current partner? ›

Jacqueline Weiss is a contributing writer at PEOPLE. She has been working at PEOPLE since 2022. Her work has previously appeared in Food & Wine, Insider and Apartment Therapy. Judge Judy Sheindlin and her husband, Jerry Sheindlin, have been together for over 40 years.

How much is Judge Judy worth? ›

Celebrity Net Worth claims that Judge Judy's net worth is approximately $440 million…for now. And TBH, that is fair since Judy is quite literally daytime television royalty.

How many kids did Judge Judy give birth to? ›

Judy Sheindlin is also a proud mother

Judith Susan Sheindlin was born on October 21, 1942. She is a well-known television personality, producer, author, former prosecutor, and Manhattan family court judge. Sheindlin has five children. She first married Ronald Levy in 1964.

What is Judge Judy's kids? ›

Who is Judge Judy's son? ›

What not to do in a graduation speech? ›

Do not keep on just talking about your achievements! As much as you might think this speech is about you, but it's about the whole class. So make them feel included.

What is a good start to a graduation speech? ›

Start Your Speech with an Introduction

“Thank you [person who introduced you]. And thank you to the students, teachers, parents, and staff who made these four years everything that they were.” “It's my honor today to deliver the commencement address for this incredible student body.”

What makes a good commencement address? ›

A High Story-to-Advice Ratio. If a commencement address has lots of stories and a few pearls of wisdom, chances are that it's pretty good.

Who is Judge Judy's helper? ›

Byrd is best known for his sidekick role as Bailiff Byrd for the entire series run–totaling 25 seasons–of Nielsen top-rated courtroom television program Judge Judy. From his stint on Judge Judy, Byrd is television's longest court show bailiff in history.

Who is Judge Judy's real life partner? ›

What happened to Byrd from Judge Judy? ›

Byrd is particularly humbled by the reaction of fans, who expressed shock at his absence in the Judy Justice trailer. He's now on the hunt for new opportunities, like the guest spot he just had on The Bold and the Beautiful. He's been doing voiceover work, too.

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