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Commencement Speaker

Brian Cuban to serve as Pitt Law's 2021 Commencement Speaker

Brian Cuban (JD '86) attorney, best-selling author, and addiction recovery advocate, will deliver the keynote address at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's commencement ceremony on May 7, 2021. As a Pitt Law alumnus, Cuban launched the Law Student Wellness Fund to support the advancement of students' mental and phsyical health during Law School and prepare them for wellness in the legal profession.

Cuban is a graduate of Penn State University and earned his JD from Pitt Law in 1986. He has been in long-term recovery from alcohol, cocaine, and bulimia since 2007.

Cuban's first book, Shattered Image: My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder, chronicles his experiences living with and recovering from eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. His most recent, best-selling book, The Addicted Lawyer, Tales of The Bar, Booze, Blow, & Redemption, looks at how addiction and mental health issues destroyed his career as a successful lawyer and how he, and others in the profession, redefined their lives in recovery. He has spoken at universities, conferences, and legal events across the country. His writing on addiction and recovery may be read in outlets like the New York Times, the Huffington Post, and Above the Law.

As a Pitt Law alumnus, Cuban launched the Law Student Wellness Fund to support the advancement of students' mental and physical health during Law School and prepare them for wellness in the legal profession. "Brian’s honest, straightforward account of his personal journey to finding wellbeing is particularly fitting at this moment. We are thrilled to celebrate all he has done to increase our awareness of wellness at Pitt Law and so many other institutions. His will undoubtedly be a memorable and meaningful message to the graduating class," said Dean Amy J. Wildermuth.