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Clinical Program Administrator Edna Baugh Honored by NAACP Chapter

April 13, 2012 – 

Edna Y. Baugh, Assistant Director for Clinical Administration at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been selected as the recipient of the Oranges and Maplewood NAACP 2012 President’s Award. The award recognizes Baugh’s contributions to promoting diversity, civil rights and social justice and for demonstrating a commitment to the ideals of a just nation.

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Edna Baugh (right) at the NAACP Awards dinner with friend Vikki Ash.

At Rutgers, Baugh supports the director and assistant director of the Clinical Program in the overall management of the administrative functions of the law school’s seven clinics, which provide legal services to underrepresented populations in and around Essex County. Baugh also is managing member of Stephens & Baugh, LLC, where she focuses her practice on real estate property tax appeals and transactional real estate.

A New Jersey native and product of the East Orange school system, Baugh has received numerous awards for her professional and community service activities. Those recognitions include:  the Special Merit Award from the Essex County Bar Association, honored as a Woman in Real Estate by the Women’s Fund of New Jersey, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Champions for Social Justice and Equality Award from the Rutgers–Camden Law School Black Law Students Association, and the Jeffrey C. Green Outstanding Board Service Award from Legal Services of New Jersey.

Baugh, who attributes much of her success to her involvement as a young girl in scouting, was the first African-American president of the Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex and Hudson Counties (now Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey). In 2008 the organization honored her with its Distinguished Service Award.

The 2005-2006 president of the Garden State Bar Association, Baugh currently is president of the Essex-Newark Legal Services board of trustees, chair of the Essex County College Foundation Board, a trustee of the Essex County Bar Association, and a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board.

Baugh received a B.A. in economics from Hartwick College and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. The first African-American woman to graduate from the law school, she was appointed to its board of trustees in 2010.