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Rutgers Law Experts Can Discuss U.S. Supreme Court Rulings in Healthcare, Immigrants’ Rights, Sentencing, Juvenile Justice, Free Speech Cases

June 13, 2012 – 

The following experts from Rutgers School of Law–Newark can discuss the decisions and their impact on various areas of law.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Florida v. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dept. of Health and Human Services v. Florida, and National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius)

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR CHRISTINA HO is a graduate of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as well as Harvard Law School. A member of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Clinton Administration, she later led Senator Hillary Clinton’s health policy legislative staff where she had primary responsibility developing the policies discussed in the Senator’s 2004 New York Times Magazine article “Now Can We Talk About Health Care?” Ho can discuss the healthcare policy ramifications of the Court’s decision.

Contact Professor Ho at 973-353-3098, 301-908-4392 (cell) or cho@kinoy.rutgers.edu.

PROFESSOR FRANK ASKIN, founder and director of the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic, can comment on the Court’s decision regarding the constitutionality of the act’s requirement that almost all individuals obtain health insurance. Regularly included in Best Lawyers in America and one of the ACLU’s four general counsel for 35 years, Askin has litigated many important legal precedents.

Professor Askin can be reached at 973-353-3239 or faskin@kinoy.rutgers.edu.

VICE DEAN RONALD CHEN has litigated constitutional law cases numerous times in state and federal courts. Former New Jersey Public Advocate and 2007 recipient of the New Jersey Law Journal “Lawyer of the Year” award, Chen is a member of the ACLU national board and of the ACLU-NJ Legal Committee. He teaches Federal Courts and works on constitutional issues through the school’s Constitutional Law Clinic.

Dean Chen can be reached at 973-353-5378 or rchen@kinoy.rutgers.edu.


IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS
(Arizona v. United States)

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR ANJUM GUPTA, director of the Rutgers Immigrant Rights Clinic, can comment on the impact of the Court’s decision on the civil rights of immigrants. She has represented immigrants seeking various forms of relief before the Department of Homeland Security, the immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the federal courts of appeals.

Professor Gupta can be reached at agupta@kinoy.rutgers.edu.

CLINICAL PROFESSOR PENNY VENETIS is co-director of the Rutgers Constitutional Litigation Clinic. She can discuss the Court’s finding regarding the role of the states in enforcing federal policy. Among other issues, Venetis has worked on litigation concerning the human rights of political asylum seekers and immigrants detained in the aftermath of 9/11.

Professor Venetis can be reached at 973-353-5687 or pennyv@kinoy.rutgers.edu.


SENTENCING
(Dorsey v. United States and Hill v. United States)

PROFESSOR VERA BERGELSON, who teaches courses in criminal law and punishment and sentencing, is the author of the book Victims’ Rights and Victims’ Wrongs: A Theory of Comparative Criminal Liability. She is a past chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Jurisprudence and a member of the editorial boards of two international publishers of books on legal topics.

Professor Bergelson can be reached at 973-353-3145 or vbergelson@kinoy.rutgers.edu.


JUVENILE JUSTICE
(Miller v. Alabama and Jackson v. Hobbs)

CLINICAL PROFESSOR LAURA COHEN can discuss the Court’s finding in light of developmental research that supports differential sentencing for youth charged with serious crimes. Professor Cohen teaches in the Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic and a seminar on Juvenile Justice. She also co-directs the Northeast Regional Juvenile Defender Center, an affiliate of the National Juvenile Defender Center.

Professor Cohen can be reached at lcohen@kinoy.rutgers.edu, 973-353-3187 or 973-896-3676 (cell).


FREE SPEECH
(FCC v. Fox Television)

VICE DEAN RONALD CHEN has provided pro bono legal representation on a range of civil rights and constitutional law issues, including free speech. Former New Jersey Public Advocate and 2007 recipient of the New Jersey Law Journal “Lawyer of the Year” award, Chen is a member of the ACLU national board and the ACLU-NJ Legal Committee. He can discuss the Court’s finding on the constitutionality of the FCC’s standards for decency on broadcast television.

Dean Chen can be reached at 973-353-5378 or rchen@kinoy.rutgers.edu.

PROFESSOR BERNARD BELL is an expert on issues related to constitutional law, law and mass communications, and privacy law. His articles have appeared in several journals, including the Federal Communications Law Journal. Appointed a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States, he currently is completing a study of the Government in the Sunshine Act.

Professor Bell can be reached at 973-353-5464 or bbell@kinoy.rutgers.edu.