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Child Advocacy Clinic Director Randi Mandelbaum’s Accomplishments Recognized in Appointment as First Annamay Sheppard Scholar

August 25, 2011 – 
In recognition of her considerable community education, litigation, and scholarly achievements, Randi Mandelbaum, Clinical Professor of Law and founding Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been awarded Rutgers’ version of “clinical tenure” and also named the law school’s first Annamay Sheppard Scholar. The Scholar designation honors Professor Emerita Annamay Sheppard, who was the founding Associate Director of Newark’s first legal services program in 1966,  the founder of the Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic in 1970, the first woman to teach in a Rutgers clinic, and the first primarily clinical professor to receive tenure at Rutgers.

Mandelbaum Dubin Sheppard     
Associate Dean Jon Dubin is shown with Emeritus Professor Annamay Sheppard (r) and Clinical Professor Randi Mandelbaum, who has been named the first Annamay Sheppard Scholar.
   
In announcing the appointment, Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. said: “Annamay Sheppard is truly a pioneer of clinical legal education whose legal practice experiences, classroom teaching, and scholarship advanced her clinical work.” Added Associate Dean for Clinical Education Jon Dubin, “As Annamay significantly shaped clinical education and public interest advocacy during her 22 years at Rutgers, so today does Randi Mandelbaum in her stewardship of the Child Advocacy Clinic, national leadership of the clinical legal education community, and scholarly publications. Her work has also substantially advanced the delivery of legal representation and other critical services to low-income children and their families.”

Professor Mandelbaum is the first internal member of the clinical faculty to complete the Clinical Scholar Series (CSS) and receive Rutgers’ version of clinical tenure. The goal of the CSS is to promote greater integration of clinical faculty into the Rutgers law faculty community through extension of comparable faculty security and governance rights, and support for the production of scholarship including writings relevant to clinical education and lawyering.

Former co-chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools’ Clinical Section, Professor Mandelbaum has devoted her career to working with children and families. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the Child Advocacy Unit of the Legal Aid Bureau in Baltimore, then went to the Georgetown University Law Center where, with another professor, she created a clinical program addressing the legal needs of families living in poverty. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

In addition to directing the interdisciplinary and collaborative Child Advocacy Clinic program, Professor Mandelbaum has written extensively about the legal representation of children, the legal and financial needs of kinship caregivers, and public policies concerning child welfare. Her latest article, “Delicate Balances: Assessing the Needs and Rights of Siblings in Foster Care to Maintain Their Relationship Post-Adoption,” will be the lead article in the upcoming issue of the New Mexico Law Review.

Professor Mandelbaum received a B.S. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.