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T&T Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, who gave the keynote speech at NYU, and Anthony Welters, NYU New Chair of Trustees, arrive at the Beacon Theater, in New York City, for NYU's 2012, School of Law Graduation ceremony. (Hayden Roger Celestin)
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 18, 2012: Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, addressed the Class of 2012 at NYU School of Law’s J.D. Convocation on Friday at the Beacon Theater in NYC.

Persad-Bissessar spoke to graduates, along with Patricia O’Brien, the United Nations’ under-secretary-general for legal affairs and legal counsel and Anthony Foxx ’96, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Persad-Bissessar became the first female prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago in 2010. She was previously the first woman to serve as attorney general in that state as well as a member of the parliament, minister of education, and minister of legal affairs. Before pursuing politics, Persad-Bissessar was first a social worker and teacher, and later a lawyer.

In her absence from T&T, Minister Jack Warner is at the helm.
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