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Commencement Remarks of the Hon. William Kuntz '68
Posted 05/30/2019 06:06PM

Fordham Prep had the distinct honor of having the Honorable William Kuntz '68 speak at this year's graduation. He is currently a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York. Below are his remarks from graduation. You can watch his speech and the entire graduation on YouTube.

JUDGE KUNTZ REMARKS AT FORDHAM PREPARATORY SCHOOL

              THANK YOU, FATHER DEVRON, FOR THAT OVERLY KIND INTRODUCTION. I CONGRATULATE THE DISTINGUISHED FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS OF THE PREP WHO EDUCATED THE FINE YOUNG MEN ABOUT TO GRADUATE FROM THE BEST INSTITUTION I EVER ATTENDED. I SALUTE THE PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, AUNTS AND UNCLES, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS WHO NURTURED AND RAISED YOU: THE MAGNIFICENT CLASS OF 2019.

I AM DEEPLY HONORED TO SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT MY JOURNEY FROM DEAN STREET IN BEDFORD STUYVESANT BROOKLYN TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT BENCH.  

              IF YOU GOOGLE JUNE 24, 1950, YOU WILL FIND FRONT PAGE NEW YORK TIMES STORIES REPORTING THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT INSISTS THE ALIENS AT ROSWELL WERE NOTHING MORE THAN ERRANT WEATHER BALLONS; STORIES ANNOUNCING THAT IRAQIS WERE DEFYING A UNITED NATIONS ARMS BAN, AND STORIES ANNOUNCING 75,000 NORTH KOREAN SOLDIERS CROSSING THE 38TH PARALLEL. IT WAS A SATURDAY, AND IN BROOKLYN THE TEMPERATURE WAS 90 DEGREES.

              YOU WILL NOT, HOWEVER, SEE ANY REFERENCE TO THE BIRTH OF AN OBSCURE AFRICAN AMERICAN – THE SON OF A NURSE FROM ROSARYVILLE, MARYLAND AND HER HUSBAND, A POSTAL WORKER FROM HARLEM. YOU WILL NOT SEE IN THE REAL ESTATE SECTION THE LISTING OF APARTMENTS IN THE BRONX AND NORTHERN MANHATTAN –IDENTIFYING WHICH ONES WILL AND WHICH ONES WILL NOT RENT TO AFRICAN AMERICANS: ALTHOUGH IF YOU CALL YOU WILL BE TOLD QUITE CANDIDLY WHO DOES AND WHO DOES NOT RENT TO COLORED PEOPLE, AND SO YOU WILL SAVE PRECIOUS CAR FARE BY NOT TRAVELLING FROM DEAN STREET IN BED-STY ONLY TO BE TURNED AWAY WHEN THE LANDLORD SEES YOUR BLACK FACE. AFTER ALL, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL WAS STILL THE LAW OF THE LAND THANKS TO THE SUPREME COURT DECISION IN PLESSY VERSUS FERGUSON, THE 1896 DECISION THAT WAS ONLY 54 YEARS OLD,

AND REMEMBER, BROWN VERSUS BOARD OF EDUCATION OUTLAWING THAT DOCTRINE IS ONLY 65 YEARS OLD TODAY, YET AS YOU ALSO KNOW CERTAIN JUDICIAL CANDIDATES WHEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON WHETHER BROWN VERSUS BOARD OF EDUCATION IS SETTLED LAW, CHANNEL THE WISE RESPONSE OF CHOU EN LAI AND MAO TSE TUNG, WHO WHEN THEY WERE ASKED TO COMMENT ON THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION RESPONDED: “IT’S TOO SOON TO TELL.”

              PERHAPS THE COMMUNIST LEADERS WERE RESPONDING THE LONG RANGE VIEW OF MILLENIA IN DECLINING TO TAKE A POSITION ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION OF 1789; OR PERHAPS THEY WERE INTERPRETING THE QUESTION AS ONE ADDRESSED TO THE PARIS STUDENT/WORKER UPRISINGS OF 1968; OR PERHAPS THEY WERE SUBTLY REMINDING THEIR QUESTIONER THAT HISTORY MATTERS.   AFTER ALL, IF YOU HAD ASKED A SEVENTY YEAR OLD MAN ABOUT IMPEACHMENT IN 1950, HE WOULD HAVE RESPONDED IN THE CONTEXT OF THE IMPEACHMENT DEBATE OVER PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON IN 1868, OR IF YOU HAD ASKED A 70 YEAR OLD MAN ABOUT IMPEACHMENT IN 2010 HE WOULD HAVE REPONDED ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT DRAMA SURROUNDING PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON IN 1973, OR IF YOU ASK YOU GENTLMEN ABOUT IMPEACHMENT 50 YEARS FROM NOW WHEN YOU ARE ABOUT TO TURN 70 YEARS OF AGE, YOU WILL PROBABLY RESPOND ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT DRAMA SURROUNDING. . . ER, WELL, UM, BUT I DIGRESS . . .. IN ANY EVENT, BACK TO 1951. IN THAT YEAR YOU WILL MOVE WITH YOUR PARENTS TO THE NEWLY BUILT COLONIAL PARK POLO GROUNDS PROJECTS – TODAY KNOWN AS THE RANGEL PROJECTS – WHERE A YEAR LATER YOU WILL BE JOINED BY THE BIRTH OF YOUR YOUNGER BROTHER – ERIC, -- WHO IS TODAY THE LEADING PEDIATRIC PSYCHIARTRIST IN THE STATE OF MAINE: A GRADUATE OF FORDHAM PREP, PRINCETON AND DOWNSTATE MEDICAL SCHOOL, A MEMBER OF THE FORDHAM PREP CLASS OF 1970.  WHEN I ASKED ERIC IF HE BECAME A PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRIST BECAUSE I WAS HIS BIG BROTHER, HE SIMPLY SMILED, COCKED HIS HEAD TO ONE SIDE AND SAID: “WHAT DO YOU THINK, BILLY?” I WITHDREW THE QUESTION.

              IN A FEW YEARS, AT THE AGE OF FIVE, YOU WILL ATTEND KINDERGARTEN AT RESURRECTION GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN HARLEM – IN A SINGLE CLASS ROOM WITH A 53 OTHER CHILDREN– AND YOU WILL STAY IN THAT SCHOOL THROUGH THE 8th GRADE, AT WHICH TIME, IN 1964, YOU WILL ATTEND FORDHAM PREP IN THE BRONX. YOU WILL BE VERY UPSET, HOWEVER, WHEN AT THE AGE OF SIXTEEN MID-WAY THROUGH YOUR JUNIOR YEAR YOUR 30-MINUTE COMMUTE TURNS INTO A TWO HOUR EACH WAY COMMUTE WHEN YOUR FAMILY MOVES TO QUEENS VILLAGE.

              YOU WILL BE ONE OF ONLY THREE AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDENTS IN A FORDHAM PREP CLASS OF 256 STUDENTS: THE CLASS OF 1968 AT FORDHAM PREP. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED WHEN NEW HORIZONS ARE OPENED TO YOU:

A SLY JESUIT NAMED FATHER FRANCIS FAHEY WILL INTRODUCE YOU TO THE ONION CONSTRUCTION IN LATIN, AND REMIND YOU THAT IT BEARS THAT NAME BECAUSE OF ITS STRUCTURE, AND NOT BECAUSE OF ITS AROMA.  FOR METROPOLITAN FIELD DAY FATHER SMITH TAKES YOU AND TWENTY OTHER STUDENTS TO YOUR FIRST METROPOLITAN OPERA: THE DIALOGUE OF THE CARMALITES: A TALE OF COURAGE AND FAITH BY WOMEN OF THE CLOTH IN A TIME OF REVOLUTIONARY TERROR. THE GRACE, BEAUTY AND SOUND OF THE HUMAN VOICE, UNAMPLIFIED YET SOARING OVER THE BEST ORCHESTRA ON THE PLANET WILL AMAZE YOU. YOU WILL BE ASTOUNDED WHEN THOSE MAJESTIC CHANDELIERS MAGICALLY RECEDE TO THE CEILING.   YOU WILL LEARN LATIN, AVOID GREEK, AND MAKE LIFE LONG FRIENDSHIPS AS YOUR ARE EXPOSED TO THE FINEST JESUIT MINDS AMERICA.

              THE SOLID JESUIT EDUCATION AT THE PREP -- MORALLY, SOCIALLY, RELIGIOUSLY AND INTELLECTUALLY –STANDS YOU IN GOOD STEAD WHEN YOU ATTEND HARVARD COLLEGE IN THE FALL OF 1968, YOU MAJOR IN AMERICAN HISTORY, GRADUATE MAGNA CUM LAUDE, AND ARE GRATEFUL TO THE PREP FOR ENABLING YOU TO CONFRONT WITH QUIET CONFIDENCE THE SWIRLING BATTLES OVER THE WAR IN VIET NAM, THE RESISTANCE TO ESTABLISHMENT OF AN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES DEPARTMENT, AND THE BATTLES OF RADCLIFFE WOMEN TO BE TREATED AS EQUALS TO HARVARD MEN IN THE MERGER WITH HARVARD.

              UPON YOUR GRADUATION IN 1972 YOU BEGIN YOUR JOINT J.D. -PH.D. PROGRAM AT HARVARD, FOCUSING ON AMERICAN LEGAL HISTORY AND WRITING A BOOK ENTITLED CRIMINAL SENTENCING IN THREE NINETEENTH CENTURY CITIES: NEW YORK, BOSTON AND PHILADELPHIA FROM 1830 TO 1880. YOU WILL LEARN IN 1976, AS A SUMMER ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, ABOUT THE DESTRUCTIVE IMPORTATION OF HEROIN AND COCAINE, ABOUT MONEY LAUNDERING, ABOUT THE CARTELS OF COLOMBIA. YOU WILL BE TUTORED FOR TWO SUMMERS – 1974 AND 1975 -- BY THE BRILLIANT MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN AT THE CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND, TRAVELING TO MISSISSIPPI, NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTH CAROLINA TO LITIGATE CASES AGAINST SOUTHERN SHERIFFS WHO ARE SEGREGATING INMATES BY RACE RATHER THAN AGE, RESULTING IN THE HORROFIC SEXUAL ASSAULTS OF YOUNGSTERS BY ADULTS. OF CHILDREN WHO ARE SIMPLY YOUNG PERSONS IN NEED OF SUPERVISION AND MERE TRUANTS BEING BRUTALIZED AT THE HANDS OF ADULT MALE INMATES. ONE OF THOSE SHERIFFS WILL DRAW HIS GUN, POINT IT AT YOU AND SAY: “BOY, NOBODY SEES MY RECORDS WITHOUT MY SAY SO.”

              YOU WILL COMPLETE THE FINAL DAY OF YOUR BAR EXAM, AND EXHAUSTED, WALK ACROSS THE STREET TO A MOVIE THEATRE IN JULY OF 1977 FOR A VIEW OF SPACE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN A MOVIE CALLED STAR WARS. YOU WILL THEN SPEND THE NEXT YEAR COMPLETING YOUR DOCTORAL THESIS, SENDING IN THE FINAL, APPROVED DRAFT FIVE DAYS BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR LAW PRACTICE AT THE LAW FIRM OF SHEARMAN AND STERLING. YOU WILL BE SENT TO FEDERAL COURT FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE FALL OF 1978 REPRESENTING CITIBANK AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE, TOGETHER WITH A COLLEAGUE REPRESENTING THE BANK AS LENDER, BUT YOU WILL BE DEEPLY ANGERED WHEN OGDEN LEWIS THE THIRD, HAMILTON POTTER THE FOURTH, JONATHAN JEROME AND BARRY OSTRAGER OF MILBANK TWEED, SIMPSON THATCHER, DAVIS POLK AND SULLIVAN AND CROMWELL LOOK AT YOU, SHAKE THEIR HEADS DISMISSIVELY AND SAY: “YOU ARE WILLIAM KUNTZ? YOU COULD NOT POSSIBLY REPRESENT CITIBANK IN THIS CASE.”

              YOU ARE READY TO SAY SOMETHING QUITE RUDE, BUT SUDDENLY ARE GRATEFUL YOU HELD YOUR TONGUE AS A YOUNG, CAUCASIAN LAWYER ABOUT YOUR AGE WALKS IN AND STATES THAT HIS NAME IS WILLIAM KUNTZ THE THIRD, AND HE IS HERE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE W.T. GRANT BANKRUPTCY CONFERENCE. IT TURNS OUT, HE WAS AN ATTONEY AND A PURCHASER OF DISTRESSED DEBT WHO HAD SUED ALL THE MONEY CENTER BANKS, INCLUDING CITIBANK, WHO WERE LENDERS TO THE DEBTOR. NATURALLY HE WAS WELL KNOWN BY NAME TO THE COLLECTIVE BANK COUNSEL WHO CORRECTLY CONCLUDED THAT WILLIAM KUNTZ LITERALLY COULD NOT POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN RETAINED TO SERVE AS COUNSEL TO CITIBANK IN THAT CASE.

              YOU WILL SLOWLY, BUT STEADILY RISE THROUGH THE RANKS AS AN ASSOCIATE AND PARTNER AT LEADING WALL STREET LAW FIRMS AND IN BAR ASSOCIATIONS: THE NEW YORK COUNTY LAWYERS; THE ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK; THE FEDERAL BAR COUNCIL, THE PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE. AT THE TIME OF YOUR APPOINTMENT TO THE FEDERAL BENCH YOU WILL HAVE BEEN A LITIGATION PARTNER AT BAKER AND HOSTETLER AND CHAIR OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE. HAVING SERVED AS COMMISSIONER OF THE CIVILIAN COMPLAINT REVIEW BOARD FROM 1987 UNTIL OCTOBER OF 2010, WHEN YOU WILL RESIGN FROM THE CCRB WHEN SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER TELLS YOU HE WILL PUBLICLY ANNOUNCE HIS DECISION TO RECOMMEND YOU TO PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. WHEN ALL ONE HUNDRED UNITED STATES SENATORS VOTE TO CONFIRM YOUR APPOINTMENT, YOU BECOME ONLY THE FOURTH AFRICAN AMERICAN APPOINTED TO THAT BENCH SINCE PRESIDENT LINCOLN CREATED IT IN 1865.

              YOU WILL LEARN WHEN YOU ATTEND BABY JUDGE SCHOOL THAT YOU MUST MASTER A BRAVE NEW WORLD OF CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE – BOTH STATUTORY AND JUDGE MADE – IF YOU ARE TO SUCCEED AS A UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE APPOINTED FOR LIFE. YOU WILL LEARN THAT THE APPROACH OF PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ONE’S ACTIONS – A FOUNDATION OF CRIMINAL LAW ONE MIGHT THINK – IS UNDER SYSTEMATIC ATTACK FROM EXPERIENCED DEFENSE COUNSEL ARGUING: “THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE, BUT AN EXPLANATION FOR THE CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR OF MY CLIENT,” WHETHER THAT CLIENT IS A MEMBER OF A RACIAL MINORITY WITH FEW ASSETS AND POOR PARENTAGE, A FOREIGN OR DOMESTIC DEFENDANT ACCUSED OF TERRORIST ACTIVITY OR A WEALTHY MEMBER OF A RACIAL MAJORITY WITH AN UPPER CLASS UPBRINGING FROM THE FINEST ZIP CODES IN AMERICA AND A VAST ARRAY OF PERSONAL AND FAMILY ASSETS AT HIS OR HER DISPOSAL, SUPPORTED BY A LOVING AND ENGAGED FAMILY. THE DEPRIVED DEFENSE; THE AFFLUENZA DEFENSE; THE ABUSED AS A CHILD DEFENSE; THE MISLED BY HIS OR HER PEER GROUP DEFENSE. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE FANS OF WEST SIDE STORY, I OFTEN REFER TO THIS IN MY CHAMBERS AS THE OFFICER KRUPKE DEFENSE.

              ABOVE ALL, YOU WILL COME AWAY WITH A SENSE OF HAVING BEEN TRULY BLESSED: OF HAVING WONDERFUL, HARDWORKING PARENTS WHO VALUED EDUCATION AND PERSONAL MORAL RESPONSIBILITY; OF A FIRST RATE EDUCATION AT THE PREP AND AT HARVARD COLLEGE; OF GOUNDED LEGAL TRAINING AT THE HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, IN SUMMER JOBS, IN THE ACADEMY, IN WALL STREET LAW FIRMS, THROUGH BAR ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES AND SERVICE AS A COMMISSIONER ON THE CIVILIAN COMPLAINT REVIEW BOARD SERVING WITH THE GREATEST POLICE OFFICIALS AND CIVIL LIBERTERIANS IN AMERICA; AND THROUGH THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF YOUR WONDERFUL WIFE, DOCTOR ALICE BEAL, WITH WHOM YOU WILL CELEBRATE FORTY YEARS OF MARRIAGE ; YOU WILL BE AMAZED BY THE GROWTH AND LOVE OF YOUR THREE CHILDREN; AND YOU WILL BE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES IN THE CHURCH.

              MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2019, IF ONE STORY FROM MY LIFE PROVIDES YOU A BIT OF CANDID ADVICE, I NOW TELL IT TO YOU: WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH THE JUDICIAL CONFIRMATION PROCESS, AN ATTORNEY NAMED JEREMY BARBER WAS MY ASSIGNED GUIDE. A DEPUTY WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL, THE DAY SENATOR SCHUMER PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED HIS RECOMMENDATION OF MY APPOINTMENT TO THE BENCH, MR. BARBER CALLED ME TO ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTION: “DOCTOR KUNTZ, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?” WHEN I SAID SOMETHING ABOUT IT BEING A GREAT HONOR, HE LAUGHED AND SNORTED: “IT MEANS NOTHING. THE WHITE HOUSE OFTEN REJECTS SUCH RECOMMENDATIONS.” WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA PUBLICLY ANNOUNCED MY NOMINATION, MR. BARBER AGAIN CALLED AND ASKED ME,

“DO YOU KNOW THIS MEANS?”  I SAID WELL IT IS TRULY A WONDERFUL HONOR, HE AGAIN LAUGHED AND SAID: “IT MEANS NOTHING. DO YOU KNOW HOW OFTEN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE REJECTS THESE NOMINATIONS? DO NOT EVEN THINK OF SETTING FOOT IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT COURTHOUSE. IF YOU DO AND ONE OF YOUR MANY FRIENDS ON THE BENCH INVITES YOU TO COME FORWARD CHARACTERIZING YOU AS SOME ONE ABOUT TO BECOME HIS OR HER COLLEAGUE, YOU ARE FINISHED.” AS I SAT IN HARVARD YARD AT THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER SEVERAL MONTHS LATER, I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM JUDICIARY COMMITTEE COUNSEL INFORMING ME THAT I HAD BEEN UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED. I WAS ECSTATIC. WHAT A DAY. THAT EVENING AS I WAS ABOUT TO TAKE MY FAMILY OUT TO DINNER IN CAMBRIDGE TO CELEBRATE, MY CELL PHONE RANG. IT WAS MR. BARBER. “SO, I SEE JUDICIARY APPROVED YOU TODAY. DO YOU WHAT THIS MEANS?” I SAID I WAS SO GRATEFUL AND.   HE CUT ME SHORT: “LOOK, IT MEANS NOTHING! DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE APPROVED NOMINEES NEVER EVEN GET A FULL SENATE VOTE? STAY AWAY FROM THE COURTHOUSE.”

              SEVERAL MONTHS LATER, ON OCTOBER 3, 2011, I STAYED HOME, NEVEROUSLY WATCHING C-SPAN WITH MY WIFE, AND AWAITING THE SCHEDULED FULL SENATE VOTE ON MY NOMINATION. THE FULL SENATE FINALLY VOTED: UNANIMOUSLY APPROVING OF MY NOMINATION. I WAS THRILLED. JUST THEN THE PHONE RANG. IT WAS MR. BARBER: HE SAID, “I SEE THE FULL SENATE JUST VOTED ITS UNANIMOUS APPROVAL OF YOUR NOMINATION. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?”  

              I BEGAN BY SAYING, “WELL SURELY . . . “ HE CUT ME OFF AND SAID:

“IT MEANS NOTHING, DOCTOR KUNTZ. YOU HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED YOUR SIGNED COMMISSION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER. THE CHIEF JUDGE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK HAS NOT YET SWORN YOU IN.  YOU ARE NOT A JUDGE.”

              THE NEXT DAY, OCTOBER 4, 2011, I RECEIVED THE SIGNED CERTIFICATE OF APPOINTMENT SIGNED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND ATTORNEY GENERAL HOLDER.   THE FOLLOWING DAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011, CHIEF JUDGE CAROL BAGLEY AMON ADMINISTERED THE OATH OF OFFICE TO ME IN FRONT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

              LATER THAT AFTERNOON, AS I SAT IN MY EMPTY NEW CHAMBERS, I GOT MY FIRST LANDLINE CALL. IT WAS MR. BARBER. HE SAID: “I UNDERSAND YOU HAVE RECEIVED YOUR SIGNED COMMISSION AND WERE JUST SWORN IN BY CHIEF JUDGE AMON. DO YOU KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?”

              I SIGHED AND SAID, “NO, SIR. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?” HE LAUGHED AND SAID:“IT MEANS CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR HONOR. YOU ARE NOW AN ARTICLE III FEDERAL JUDGE.”

              I PAUSED AND SAID, “THANK YOU, SIR. BUT MAY I NOW ASK YOU A QUESTION?”

              HE SAID, “SURE. WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION?”

              I SAID: “YOU REALLY LOVE YOUR JOB, DON’T YOU?”

              HE PAUSED, AND SAID: “YES, YES I DO. AND REMEMBER, JUDGE KUNTZ, THE TERM IS NEVER, “MY HONOR” THE TERM IS ALWAYS “YOUR HONOR.” IF I HAVE HELPED YOU UNDERSTAND HOW YOU GOT THAT TITLE, HOW PRECARIOUS YOUR JOURNEY, AND HOW IMPORTANT THE PRESIDENT, THE SENATE, THE BAR AND THE NATION TREAT YOUR APPOINTMENT, THEN I AM PLEASED.”

              AND IF I HAVE GIVEN YOU, MY VERY PATIENT AND ATTENTIVE AUDIENCE, A VIEW OF MY JOURNEY FROM DEAN STREET IN BED-STY TO THE FEDERAL BENCH, THEN I, TOO, AM PLEASED. AND I TRULY AND HUMBLY THANK YOU.

FOR THE HONOR OF LETTING ME ARM YOU FOR THE STORIES YOU WILL TELL UPON YOUR RETURN TO THE PREP FOR YOUR FIFTIETH REUNION IN THE YEAR 2069 – STORIES AND TALES THAT WILL PROVE THE WISDOM OF THE ADDAGE: YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS WILL PROPHESY, YOUR YOUNG MEN WILL SEE VISIONS, YOUR OLD MEN WILL DREAM DREAMS. AND FOR LETTING ME BE A PART OF THAT VISION, I THANK YOU SO VERY, VERY MUCH. THE LIFE OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, THE ONE WHO GAVE HIS NAME TO THE JESUITS WHO EDUCATED EACH OF US, EXEMPLIFIED WHAT WE ALL KNOW: WE COME THROUGH THE CROSS OF OUR STRUGGLES, OUR FAILURES AND OUR SUCCESSES, TO REACH OUR ETERNAL GOAL: PER CRUCEM AD LUCEM. THROUGH THE CROSS-TO THE LIGHT. THANK YOU, AND GOD BLESS YOU.

                                                                                                     HON. WILLIAM F. KUNTZ, II
                                                                                                     UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
                                                                                                     EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
                                                                                                     BRONX, NEW YORK MAY 29, 2019

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