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Associate Dean Jon Dubin to Receive Top Social Security Advocacy Award

January 13, 2014 – 

The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) will present its highest honor, the Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award, to Associate Dean Jon C. Dubin at its May 2014 national conference. An expert in Social Security disability law, Dubin will be recognized for his work in advancing the quality and availability of advocacy for disability claimants and in improving the Social Security adjudicatory process.

Jon Dubin
Associate Dean Jon Dubin

“In his scholarship, clinical practice, and public service, Jon Dubin is an astute and dedicated advocate on behalf of the rights of SSI and Social Security disability claimants and other low-income persons,” said Ronald K. Chen, Acting Dean. “We are delighted that NOSSCR has selected Jon for this prestigious award.” Eileen P. Sweeney, who at the time of her death in 2006 was a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, was a nationally-recognized expert on issues affecting people with disabilities and the federal social welfare benefits’ programs.

Professor Dubin teaches clinical and traditional classroom courses at Rutgers–Newark Law School and, as Associate Dean for Clinical Education, directs one of the country’s oldest and most extensive “live-client” clinical programs. Within the Civil Justice Clinic, he handles social welfare benefits cases, including co-counseling the successful appeal and drafting the principal brief in a Social Security disability case before the U.S. Supreme Court in Sims v. Apfel (2000)—a case in which the high court also twice cited Dubin’s Equal Justice Library Award-winning Columbia Law Review article, “Torquemada Meets Kafka,” in its decision. Dubin also successfully litigated and argued Sykes v. Apfel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit which produced a rare SSA “Acquiescence Ruling,” agreeing to change policy and apply the Sykes case to thousands of disability claimants within the Third Circuit region each year. His classroom classes are Administrative Law, Poverty Law, and Civil Rights.

Professor Dubin’s recent relevant publications include “The Labor Market Side of Disability Benefits Law and Policy” in the University of Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice (2011); and co-authorship of Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court, 2013 ed. (West/Thomson/Reuters Pub.) (with Carolyn A. Kubitschek) and “Scapegoating Social Security Claimants (and the Judges Who Evaluate Them)” (with Robert Rains) in Advance: The Journal of the ACS Issue Groups (2012). The University of Miami Law School’s JOTWELL (Journal of Things We Like Lots) selected “Scapegoating” as “one of the best works of recent scholarship related to administrative law.” 

In 2012, Dubin was appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Social Security Disability Adjudication Project Working Group. He has also been chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Poverty Law Section, a board member of the National Center on Law and Economic Justice (formerly Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law) and New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and member of the ABA Commission on Poverty and Homelessness.