Professor Jon Dubin Honored by Garden State Bar Association for Excellence in Service, Social Justice, and Advocacy
April 29, 2010 –Jon C. Dubin, Professor of Law, Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar, and Director of Clinical Programs at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been selected to receive the 2010 Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association. The award celebrates the legacy of civil rights advocate Oliver Randolph, the first African-American admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey. Randolph was the first African-American assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey and the only African-American to attend the state’s 1947 Constitutional Convention, where he successfully fought for an amendment to abolish segregation in public schools and the militia.
“Jon Dubin’s commitment to the fundamental goal of equal justice is remarkable and unwavering,” said Rutgers Clinical Professor and Deputy Director of Clinical Programs Robert C. Holmes, the 2007 recipient of the Oliver Randolph Award. “He has dedicated himself, in both his career and his work as a volunteer, to achieving that goal and, in so doing, is a constant source of inspiration to students and colleagues alike.”
Professor Dubin oversees the law school’s eight clinics and teaches both clinical and traditional classroom courses. “Jon has provided extraordinary leadership for the clinical programs,” said Edna Baugh, Assistant Director of Clinical Administration, “and is a zealous advocate for clinical legal education within and outside of the law school.” Within the Urban Legal Clinic, Professor Dubin oversees a mixed docket of individual Social Security/disability matters and impact litigation, primarily in the area of fair housing. Most recently, he and his students have been involved in efforts to ensure that low-income, Social Security claimants have access to quality representation, especially in federal court appeals and in administrative hearings requiring the cross-examination of expert witnesses. He also teaches classes in administrative law, civil rights, and poverty law.
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.
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, where his litigation included the Social Security/disability matters that have become the hallmark of his clinical and non-clinical teaching. 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.
Professor Dubin’s passions for clinical legal education and social justice are reflected in his many professional and community volunteer activities. Among other affiliations, he 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, and the Revson Fellowship Board. He currently serves on the Clinical Legal Education Association’s task force on minorities in clinical legal education.