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O’Connor Speaks at Fontbonne Commencement

SAINT LOUIS – Peter J. O’Connor, a nationally prominent legal services attorney and social justice advocate, served as the guest speaker at Fontbonne University’s winter commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 11. O’Connor received an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony.

“Peter O’Connor exemplifies Fontbonne’s values and commitments to those most in need on a daily basis, ” said Dr. Dennis Golden, president of Fontbonne. “We’re honored to have him here to offer insight, inspiration, courage and conviction to our most recent graduates.”

O’Connor has practiced law for more than 40 years. He is the founder and executive director of the Fair Share Housing Center, a public interest law firm that advocates for regional equity for low- and moderate-income families and the elderly. He is also the founder of the Fair Share Housing Development, which builds and maintains affordable housing developments throughout southern New Jersey.

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University, O’Connor is involved in reform efforts in several areas of law, including landlord-tenant, consumer, housing, mental health, as well as state and federal civil rights. His efforts have led to fair housing requirements in New Jersey and have set precedents for housing laws throughout the United States.

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