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NY Chief Judge Kaye, NJ Dept. of Children & Families Commissioner Ryan to Headline Constitution Day Observance

September 10, 2007 – 
On Monday, September 17, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will celebrate the 220th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by focusing on how its Street Law Program helps young people to gain a greater understanding of this historic document and become more active citizens. Distinguished speakers from the bench, bar, and public service will address the Street Law Program and Constitution Day Reception, which will take place from 4:00 – 7:30 pm.

Started in 2006 by two first-year law students and modeled after a 35-year-old national program, Rutgers-Newark Street Law sends law students into local high schools and community organizations to teach young people about their legal rights and responsibilities, the basic workings of government, and the legal issues that pervade daily life. The program is headed by Alycia M. Guichard, Supervising Attorney and New Jersey Bar Fellow. 

The Constitution Day event, to be introduced by Dean Stuart L. Deutsch, will feature: the Honorable Judith Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York, on Constitution Day and the role of Street Law in helping young people learn about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution; Mary Ellen Tully, president of the New Jersey Bar Foundation, on the Foundation’s funding of Street Law; Patrick Campbell, partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, on his long-term involvement with the program; and Kevin Ryan, Commissioner of the NJ Department of Children and Families, on the contribution of law students to helping at-risk youth.

What:  Street Law Program and Constitution Day Reception 
When: 4:00 – 7:30 pm, Monday, September 17, 2007 (Speakers expected to begin at 5:15 pm) 
Who: Hon. Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge, New York State Court of Appeals
Mary Ellen Tully, president, New Jersey Bar Foundation, and partner, Rabinowitz,  Lubetkin & Tully LLC
Patrick S. Campbell, partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, and  vice chair of Street Law, Inc.
Commissioner Kevin M. Ryan, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Where: Third Floor Atrium, Rutgers School of Law–Newark