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Professor Jon Dubin Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Education

September 02, 2010 – 
More than 40 years ago, Rutgers School of Law–Newark helped transform legal education in the United States by establishing a clinical program both to serve the legal needs of the poor and provide practical lawyering experience for its students. In recognition of the importance of the program to the core principles of the law school, Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. has appointed Professor Jon Dubin as the first Associate Dean for Clinical Education. Dubin is Professor of Law and Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar.

“The clinical program is integral to fulfilling both our service and our educational missions,” said Dean Farmer. “As Director of Clinical Programs since 2002, Jon Dubin has expanded access to legal assistance for under-represented individuals and communities and enhanced the clinical curriculum. Students who participate in one of our clinics help those in need, gain an appreciation for public service, and learn the essential lawyering skills, substantive and procedural law governing their clinic’s practice areas, and sense of professional identity and responsibility that are critical for a strong start in the practice of law.”

“At a time when public interest legal advocates are being eliminated or drastically reduced due to scarce resources, our clinics provide an even more vital service to the community,” said Vice Dean and former New Jersey Public Advocate Ronald Chen. In addition to overseeing the clinics, Professor Dubin teaches clinical and traditional classroom courses. Within the Urban Legal Clinic, he handles Social Security/disability matters and impact litigation, primarily in the area of fair housing. His classroom courses are Administrative Law, Civil Rights, and Poverty Law.

Professor Dubin received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from New York University School of Law, after which he clerked for U.S. District Judge John L. Kane, Jr. He was an American Civil Liberties Union Karpatkin Fellow before working as staff attorney and then director of litigation for the New York City Legal Aid Society’s Civil Division, Harlem Neighborhood Office. At the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, he litigated class actions in the area of land use and housing law, including Newark Coalition for Low-Income Housing v. NHA & HUD, a still-active case to which he now assigns his Urban Legal Clinic students.

Prior to joining Rutgers in 1999, Professor Dubin spent nine years at St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he created the first clinic, taught classroom courses, and engaged in award-winning scholarship, including a Columbia Law Review article cited and relied on by the U.S. Supreme Court. His commitment to public service and scholarship has been recognized by the Garden State Bar Association, New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, the Northeast Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, and the National Equal Justice Library.

Professor Dubin has been a board member of the Clinical Legal Education Association, the Clinical Law Review, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the Law School Consortium Project, the NYU Public Interest Law Foundation, the Revson Fellowship Board, and the National Center on Law and Economic Justice.