Rutgers Law in the News
“The Supreme Court got it right and the appellate court got it wrong,” said Professor George Thomas of the decision in State v. Keith R. Buckley. (Star-Ledger, 5/15/13)
The op-ed “Boost protections for detained immigrants” referred to the Immigrant Rights Clinic’s “Freed but not Free” report, which recommends less restrictive alternatives to detention than those currently used. (Star-Ledger, 5/1/13)
Citing issues raised by the Rutgers Computer & Law Technology Journal's April 24 symposium on cyberbullying, the Record published an editorial urging New Jersey legislators to “craft anti-bullying legislation that encompasses these expanding technologies.” (April 28) The symposium was covered by numerous media, including the Record, WBGO, Thomson Reuters, NJSpotlight, and mycentraljersey.com. In a follow-up story, Acting Dean Ronald Chen was interviewed on the topic of cyberbullying. (WCTC-AM, 4/29/13)
“Theft law turns out to be complicated after all, and Green’s impressive achievement is to provide us with simple tools for thinking about it,” writes the reviewer of Professor Stuart Green’s new book Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age. (Times (of London) Literary Supplement, 4/5/13)
“It’s an agenda about which I have serious doubts,” said Professor Paul Tractenberg about the changes in the Newark public school system tht may occur due to the $100 million donation from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. (Marketplace, 4/4/13) In an article about state control of three school districts and its response to a legal challenge to its continuing oversight of the Newark district, Tractenberg said: “The state's brief reads like the most damning indictment of state control you could ever find, based on how bad the Newark schools are performing." (philly.com, 4/1/13)
Adjunct Professor Andrew Bondarowicz was interviewed for an ESPN Outside the Lines investigative piece about charities established by professional athletes. (March 31) His comments were picked up by numerous media outlets.
Clinical Profesor John Kettle was interviewed about trademark issues related to the use of the “Restore the Shore” phrase in post-superstorm Sandy efforts for commercial purposes. (USA Today, 3/24/13)
The article “Program to track immigrants grows, drawing security” cited the law school’s Immigrant Rights Clinic report “Freed but not Free: A Report Examining the Current Use of Alternatives to Detention.” (Boston Globe, 3/17/13)
Of the possibility of putting same-sex marriage on the ballot in New Jersey, Professor Carlos Ball said: “I do not believe that, as a general matter, it is a good idea for issues of basic civil rights and liberties to be put up for a majority vote.” (msnbc.com, 3/16/13)
In an editorial, the Record supported the Constitutional Litigation Clinic case led by Clinical Professor Penny Venetis challenging New Jersey’s use of electronic voting machines that do not produce a verifiable paper record. (Record, 3/8/12) The Associated Press, Record, and Star-Ledger and newjerseynewsroom.com covered the March 5 Appellate Division argument.
The law school’s plan to launch a non-profit law firm, announced previously by Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. in a New York Times op-ed, was cited in the article “To Place Graduates, Law Schools Are Opening Firms.” (New York Times, 3/7/13)
“If you look at the prison recrods and the arc of his life, he is a person who should be released, regardless of the outcome of the innocence litigation,” said Clinical Professor Laura Cohen of an inmate whose parole appeal is being handled by Cohen and her Urban Legal Clinic students. (New York Law Journal, 3/6/13)
The National Law Journal, ABA Journal, Associated Press, Star-Ledger, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Record were among the media reporting on the news from the Rutgers Board of Governors meeting that the law schools at Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden were considering a merger. (2/28/13)
Recent changes in the law that would permit court-ordered mental health treatment for a person deemed a risk to himself, other people or property in the foreseeable future” raise civil liberties issues, said Vice Dean Ronald Chen. (Star-Ledger, 2/24/13)
Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. recommended “the equivalent of a medical residency” for law school graduates, a move the would benefit the profession and consumers of legal services as well as newly-minted attorneys. (New York Times, 2/18/13) Letters to the editor in response to the column were published on 2/24/13.
“In general, courts do give a fair amount of attention to what the Department of Justice says,” Professor Bernard Bell stated in comments about the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that it would intervene in a suit brought by the NFL and other sports organizations against a New Jersey law that would allow sports betting at the state’s tracks and Atlantic City casinos. (Record, 1/23/13)
Professor Bernard Bell expressed skepticism about a lawsuit filed by the families of three teenagers killed at night in a closed school playground claiming the Newark school district did not provide adequate security. (Star-Ledger, 1/14/13)
“There’s no denying they have political influence in the counties where they serve,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. for a story about county prosecutors. (Record, 1/11/13)
In a “I Am New Jersey” profile of Martin Perez ’86, founder and president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, his wife Patricia Bombelyn ’88 said that Perez lives the late Professor Arthur Kinoy’s mantra: "If you are to be excellent in your profession, you must immerse yourself in the agonies of your time.” (Star-Ledger, 1/6/13)