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Conference Celebrates 40 Years of Clinical Legal Education

The law school held a regional conference on “The Legacy of Arthur Kinoy and the Inspirational and Collaborative Dimensions of Clinical Legal Education: Honoring 40 Years of Clinics at Rutgers–Newark” on April 3, 2009. The conference was part of a series of events commemorating the law school’s Centennial.

After a stirring and personal keynote presentation by Professor Barry Scheck, Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Innocence Project and self-described Clinical Director Emeritus of Cardozo School of Law, the conference explored the service-learning/service-inspiring goals of clinical education as advocated in 1969 by Rutgers professor and legendary civil rights advocate Arthur Kinoy. This included discussion of a survey conducted by Professor Frank Askin on the role and value of clinical education to the participation of clinical alumni in public service and pro bono activity as well as to career satisfaction. The survey revealed a significant perceived correlation between clinical participation and pro bono involvement.

The conference luncheon posthumously honored Kinoy for his vision and leadership in inspiring Rutgers’ adoption of clinical programs. It also honored Professor Askin, the most senior member of the current Rutgers faculty, for creating and implementing clinics during his 43-year tenure at the law school. The conference concluded with an examination of the role of clinical programs in promoting educational and social justice collaborations with law firm pro bono departments, public interest organizations and other partners.

Conference participants included: Jonathan Askin ’90, Clinical Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School; Flor Bermudez ’00, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal Defense Fund; Ronald Chen ’83, New Jersey Public Advocate; Randy Hertz, Professor and Director of Clinical Programs, N.Y.U. Law School; Mary Beth Hogan ’90, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP; Donita Judge ’03, Staff Attorney, The Advancement Project; Marc Kadish ’68, Director of Pro Bono Activities and Litigation Training, Mayer, Brown and Platt, LLP; Marcia Levy, Special Counsel for Pro Bono Initiatives, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Donna Lieberman ’73, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union; Lawrence S. Lustberg, Pro Bono Director, Gibbons, PC.; Carlin Meyer ’74, Professor, New York Law School; Rosie Mendez ’95, Member, New York City Council; Michael Pinard, Immediate Past President, Clinical Legal Education Association, and Professor, University of Maryland Law School; Alexander Saingchin ’06, New Jersey Director, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Joan Vermeulen ’75, Executive Director, Cyrus Vance Center for International Justice Initiatives; Vincent Warren ’93, Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights; Erika Wood ’99, Staff Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; and Kenneth Zimmerman, Partner and Director of Pro Bono and Public Advocacy Initiatives, Lowenstein Sandler, PC.