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Law School Welcomes Four New Faculty

June 28, 2010 – 
Four rising young scholars will begin teaching at Rutgers School of Law–Newark during the 2010-11 academic year. “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to hire four excellent entry-level people who show every indication of becoming leaders in their fields. The appointment of these new faculty members demonstrates that Rutgers–Newark remains highly attractive to top candidates entering the teaching market,” said Gary L. Francione, Distinguished Professor of Law, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law & Philosophy, and Co-Chair of the Appointments Committee.

The new Rutgers Law School faculty are:

Taja-Nia Y. Henderson, an associate in the Litigation Practice Group of Arnold & Porter LLP in New York, where she focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation. Prior to that she was a law clerk for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and a postgraduate teaching fellow in constitutional law with Visiting Professor Derrick Bell at New York University School of Law. Her teaching and research interests are local government law, mass incarceration and prisoner reentry, land use/property, and consumer protection and advocacy. Henderson received her M.A. from New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she was a MacCracken Fellowship recipient, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law where she was a Dean’s Scholar, senior notes editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review, and recipient of the Gary E. Moncrieffe Graduation Award.

Christina S. Ho, a Senior Fellow and Project Director of the China Health Law Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She was previously Country Director and senior policy advisor for the Clinton Foundation’s China program. During the Clinton Administration, she worked on the Domestic Policy Council at the White House and later led Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s health legislative staff. Ho’s core teaching and scholarly interest is health law and policy. She also writes in the areas of race relations and Chinese law and governance. Ho received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was articles editor of the Harvard Civil Rights‑Civil Liberties Law Review, and her M.P.P from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Chrystin Ondersma, most recently an associate in the Business Finance and Restructuring Department at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York. Prior to that she clerked for the Hon. Michael Daly Hawkins of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Ondersma’s scholarship and teaching interests are bankruptcy and commercial law. Her current work focuses on the financial experiences of undocumented borrowers. Ondersma received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where she was the recipient of a Goldsmith Academic Fellowship and an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.

Reid K. Weisbord, law clerk to the Hon. Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He previously clerked for the Hon. Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and practiced in the litigation department at Dechert LLP in Philadelphia. Weisbord’s research and teaching interests include nonprofit law, property, tax policy, and trusts and estates. Weisbord’s published work has been cited in the Restatement (Third) of Trusts, and his most recent publication, “The Effects of Donor Standing on Philanthropy: Insights From the Psychology of Gift-Giving” (with Peter DeScioli, Ph.D.), appeared in the Gonzaga Law Review (2010). Weisbord received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was comment editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.