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October 14 Alumni Association Dinner Will Honor Judge Patricia Costello, Oliver Quinn, and William Greenberg

September 28, 2010 – 

The Honorable Patricia K. Costello, Assignment Judge of the Superior Court, Essex County; Oliver B. Quinn, Senior Counsel, Taft and Partners; and William S. Greenberg, a Partner at McCarter & English, LLP will be honored at the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner.

The dinner will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at the Hilton Short Hills. The event begins at 6 pm with a reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony.

The law school’s Public Interest Law Foundation will hold a silent auction at the dinner to raise funds for students who take summer jobs in the public sector.

Judge Costello, Class of 1978, was in private practice at McAlevy & Costello, attaining certified criminal trial attorney status in 1986, before being appointed to the bench in 1989 by Gov. Thomas Kean. She served first in Hudson County in the Criminal Division and became Presiding Judge, then in the Civil Division where she directly supervised the Special Civil Part, and in the Family Division where she again became the Presiding Judge. In August 2004, Judge Costello was appointed Assignment Judge of Essex County, the largest vicinage in the State. She has served on and been chair of numerous Supreme Court committees and is currently the vice chair of the Judicial Education Committee.

Oliver Quinn, Class of 1975, heads Taft and Partners’ Corporate and Public Affairs Group, which creates communications-based solutions for corporations, NGO’s, academic institutions and foundations. Quinn began his career as a civil rights enforcement attorney with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Among other positions, he has served as Assistant Dean of the law school’s Minority Student Program, Administrative Law Judge, Deputy Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Labor, and Deputy Solicitor for national operations at the U.S. Department of Labor. Most recently, he was Vice President and chief of the business ethics office at Prudential Financial.

William Greenberg, Class of 1967, has been a Partner at McCarter & English since 1993. He is a certified civil trial attorney and has been an active business litigator for more than 40 years, being a founding partner of Sterns and Greenberg and a former partner at Sills Cummis. He is a former president of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, NJ and trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association and Bar Foundation. The Foundation gave Greenberg its highest award, the Medal of Honor, for establishing the NJSBA program for military legal assistance in which New Jersey veterans help reservists called to active duty after 9/11 and wounded overseas. Greenberg is a retired Army Brigadier General, serves as Special Assistant to the Adjutant General of New Jersey for Homeland Security and was recently sworn in as Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board.