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“Celebrating a 100-Year Tradition of Diversity: Reflections on Its Success” Topic of October 20 Program

October 08, 2008 – 
As part of a series of events marking its Centennial, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will hold a special program from 4 – 7 pm on Monday, October 20, to celebrate a central fact of the law school’s history – its commitment to racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender diversity. “Rutgers Law School has changed the face of the legal profession in New Jersey and beyond, and October 20 is a day to celebrate that signal accomplishment,” said Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Paul Tractenberg. The Centennial Seminar taught by Tractenberg is hosting the program. The program will feature some of the school’s most notable alumni/ae from every sector of the legal profession. 

What:  “Celebrating a 100-Year Tradition of Diversity: Reflections on Its Success”  
Who:  Professors Emeriti Alfred Slocum ’70 and Annamay Sheppard ’58, on the law school’s 40-year commitment to racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender diversity
The Hon. Robert Menendez '79, U.S. Senator, New Jersey
Justice Jaynee LaVecchia ’79, Supreme Court of New Jersey
The Hon. Betty Lester ’71, New Jersey Superior Court, representing the first Minority Student Program graduating class
The Hon. (Ret.) Barbara Byrd Wecker ’74, representing the “band of mothers”
Ronald Chen ’83, New Jersey Public Advocate
Yvonne Smith Segars ’84, New Jersey Public Defender
Jennifer Velez ’96, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services
Hubert Williams ’74, President, Police Foundation
Donna Lieberman ’73, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
Ann Lesk ’77, Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, and President, New York County Lawyers Association
Alberto Rivas ’85, Member, Lite DePalma Greenberg & Rivas, LLC
Nancy Erika Smith ’80, Member, Smith Mullin, PC
Professor Mary Cheh ’75, George Washington University Law School
Professor Okianer Christian Dark ’79, Howard University Law School
Professor Bernard Freamon ’74, Seton Hall Law School  
When:  4 – 7 pm, Monday, October 20, 2008. Reception will follow. 
Where:  Rutgers School of Law–Newark