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Clinical Program’s Edna Baugh Receives Leadership Award From Legal Services of New Jersey

December 16, 2010 – 
Legal Services of New Jersey (LSNJ) has presented Edna Y. Baugh, Assistant Director for Clinical Administration at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, with its Jeffrey C. Green Board Leadership Award. LSNJ recognized Baugh for her many years of dedicated service as a member of the board of trustees of Essex-Newark Legal Services (ENLS). The award was presented at LSNJ’s Annual Legal Services Conference on November 23.

“Edna’s dedication to the cause of equal justice and the delivery of legal services to the poor is inspirational,” said Jon Dubin, Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Professor of Law, and Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar. “Her long-time service and leadership on the board of ENLS have helped advance these causes immeasurably and I am delighted to see her recognized with this award.”

Baugh received a B.A. in economics from Hartwick College and her J.D. from Vermont Law School, where she was the first African-American woman to graduate from the law school. She is also the first African-American graduate of the school to serve on its board of trustees. She has served as corporation trial counsel for the City of East Orange, associate attorney with Medvin & Elberg, and managing partner with Stephens & Baugh LLC.

Active in numerous professional and service organizations, Baugh is a past president of the Garden State Bar Association and past president of the Girl Scout Council of Greater Essex & Hudson Counties, which gave her its 2008 Distinguished Service Award. She currently sits on the New Jersey Supreme Court Disciplinary Review Board, and chairs the Essex-Newark Legal Services Board and the Essex County College Foundation Board.