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New Miller International Initiative at Rutgers Law School Sponsors Israeli-Palestinian Conference on Environmental and Legal Issues

April 26, 2013 – 

A trip to Israel in March by a Rutgers School of Law–Newark delegation produced the first of what is expected to be a series of relationships with university and law school counterparts around the world.

The delegation consisted of John J. Farmer, Jr. who at the time was dean of the law school and is now on temporary assignment as Rutgers’ senior vice president and general counsel; former dean Professor Stuart Deutsch, director of the law school’s global and international programs; and alumnus Paul S. Miller ’62. A retired pharmaceutical industry executive, Miller has established the Miller Family International Initiative Fund to support international opportunities and policy research at the law school as well as faculty and student exchanges. The programs of the Initiative will enhance the ability of Rutgers Law graduates to practice on a global scale.

In its inaugural effort, the Miller Initiative will sponsor the Arava Alumni Peace and Environmental Network Annual Conference on May 9–11, 2013 in Beit Jalla, West Bank Palestine. Located in the Negev Desert, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies conducts research on desert environmental and water issues. Affiliated with Ben-Gurion University, the institute grants graduate degrees to students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan and other countries who study and work together in the Negev.

Paul Miller said, “Our sponsorship for the Arava Institute Alumni Annual Conference will provide $25,000 to support the work of Arava graduates from many nations who show that Jews and Muslims and people of other religions can effectively work together in peace to conquer important environmental and water problems.”

On their trip to Israel, Dean Farmer, Professor Deutsch, and Paul Miller also visited with officials at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at Herzliya, the law school at Haifa University, and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at Hebrew University. Rutgers–Newark Law and the Miller Family International Initiative are working to build relationships with law schools and other institutions in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. The creation of the Initiative was announced in February by Rutgers University President Dr. Robert L. Barchi at the annual Paul S. Miller Distinguished Lecture. 

Miller is special counsel at Kaye Scholer LLP and retired executive vice president and general counsel of Pfizer Inc.