The History Press has published the centennial history of Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The book is edited by Professor Paul Tractenberg; chapter drafts were written by students in his 2008-2009 Centennial Seminar. Tractenberg also has a book contract with Rutgers University Press for New Jersey Goes A-Courting: 10 Legal Cases That Shook the Nation. Most of the cases have a major Rutgers Law School imprint.
For a history of the law school during the period 1984-1995, read “The Wind Was at Our Backs: The Third Golden Period of Rutgers Law School” in the Spring 2009 Rutgers Law Review (61 Rutgers L. Rev. 471) by Professors Gary L. Francione & George C. Thomas III.
A dozen faculty members contributed to the book You Can Tell It to the Judge . . . and Other True Tales of Law School Lawyering, edited by Professor Frank Askin. The 26 essays explain how clinics in constitutional litigation, environmental law, child advocacy, special education, urban justice and animal rights used live clients and current issues to train students to represent the public interest and reform the law while learning the tools of their trade.
“Seizing the Moments: The Beginnings of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and a Personal Journey” in the Spring/Summer 2009 Women’s Rights Law Reporter (30 Women’s Rights L. Rep. 592) was written by Elizabeth Langer ’73. The author was reponsible for establishing the WRLR as a journal at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and was coordinating editor of the first issue published at the school in 1971.
“Rutgers School of Law–Newark and the Legacy of Elizabeth Blume-Silverstein” in the Spring/Summer 2009 Women’s Rights Law Reporter (30 Women’s Rights L. Rep. 635) was written by Kelly Timoney ’09 under the supervision of Professor Paul Tractenberg. Blume-Silverstein was one of the first women graduates of New Jersey Law School (now Rutgers School of Law–Newark).
Start the Party!
The law school kicked off a year-long series of events marking the Centennial with an all-day party on Tuesday, September 9, 2008. Generously supported by the law school Alumni Association, the celebration featured lots of food, stories about the school’s history from a panel of senior faculty, and performances by student musicians. Click here to watch the panel presentation during which several long-time faculty members recalled their special Rutgers memories.
On October 20, 2008 the Centennial Seminar taught by Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Paul Tractenberg held a special program to celebrate a central fact of the school’s history – its commitment to racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender diversity. “Rutgers Law School has changed the face of the legal profession in New Jersey and beyond, and October 20 is a day to celebrate that signal accomplishment,” said Tractenberg. The program featured some of the school’s most notable alumni/ae from every sector of the legal profession. Click here to watch the video.
Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner
A slide show of the law school buildings that preceded the Center for Law and Justice, faculty portraits and candids, and some of the notable alumni programs and events of recent years helped to celebrate the Centennial during the October 22 Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner. The evening also included the presentation to Dean Stuart L. Deutsch of a Centennial Day proclamation from Gov. Jon S. Corzine.
Justice Ginsburg Scheduled to Keynote Celebration of Women Reshaping American Law
For 100 years, Rutgers School of Law–Newark has been a pioneer in legal education. The founders drew inspiration from New Jersey’s groundbreaking legal traditions to establish the law school as a center for innovation. One of their first endeavors was to create a legal education program for women. Fittingly, a premier event marking the Centennial was the February 13, 2009 symposium “Rutgers School of Law–Newark Celebrates Women Reshaping American Law.” U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was scheduled to return to the law school where she began her legal teaching career to give the keynote address. Due to illness, her prepared remarks were delivered by Georgetown Law Professor Wendy Webster Williams. The symposium also featured more than a dozen women, several with ties to Rutgers, who have been pioneers in addressing gender discrimination in the legal system and the profession.
Honoring 40 Years of Clinical Legal Education
An all-day conference on April 3, 2009 both celebrated the Rutgers–Newark clinical program and examined the service learning/service-inspiring goals of clinical education as advocated in 1968 by Rutgers law professor and legendary civil rights advocate Arthur Kinoy. The luncheon posthumously honored Kinoy for his vision and leadership in advocating the school’s adoption of an extensive clinical program and inspiring many students to careers in public interest law. The luncheon also honored Professor Frank Askin (’66), the most senior member of the faculty, for creating and implementing clinics during his more than 40 years at the law school.
Rutgers Law Review Centennial Symposium
The Rutgers Law Review and Centennial Seminar hosted a Centennial Symposium, “A Legal Education Prospectus: Law Schools & Emerging Frontiers in Curriculum, Lawyering, and Social Justice” on April 17, 2009. The symposium explored the means used by innovative law schools to equip graduates with legal theory and prepare them to become well-rounded professionals with social and global awareness. The first half of the symposium highlighted law school deans and professors who are pioneering the future of legal education in the United States. The second half focused on the role Rutgers Law School has played in inculcating students with public service and public interest values, resulting in our graduates assuming central roles in shaping New Jersey law through a variety of landmark cases.