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Rutgers Law in the News > 2013

Asked about a bill that would require websites to give minors the ability to delete information that they regret posting and would ban websites from targeting certain ads to minors, Acting Dean Ronald Chen said: “The law has to be fairly clear as to what is being forbidden and what is not, and in this case I think it would be very difficult to say whether modern websites cater predominantly to minors or not. It would be so hard to determine that it could raise a constitutional isse.” (Star-Ledger, 11/18/13)

“You can’t focus on challenging voters because of expected manner of casting a vote,” explained Professor Frank Askin for an article on a large number of ballot challenges in two Atlantic County municipalities. (philly.com, 11/17/13)

Targeting out-of-town drivers for speeding violations while not ticketing residents violates the equal protection provisions of the Constitution, said Professor Frank Askin. (nj1015.com, 10/23/13)

Said Profesor Paul Tractenberg, commenting on two new reports from the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and the Rutgers–Newark Institute on Education Law and Policy, of which Tractenberg is co-director: “I find it extremely depressing that New Jersey has what I believe is the strongest state constitution requiring racial balance in the schools, and we have done pretty much zero with that.” (Star-Ledger, 10/11/, Record, 10/10, NJSpotlight.com, 10/15/13)

“The issue of immigration is a political one and I believe the legislature is the proper body to address it,” said Professor Frank Askin of efforts to have undocumented students qualify for in-state tuition rates at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities. (Courier News, 9/29/13) 

Acting Dean Ronald Chen and Professor Frank Askin were quoted about the trial court decision finding that same-sex couples have the right to marry in New Jersey. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/30/13)

“If our local law enforcement officers are not trained adequately, they may not know to report suspicious precursor activity so that the dots can be connected,” Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. said at a hearing on human trafficking before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. (Asbury Park Press, 9/24/13)

Professor Bernard Bell commented on the likelihood of the U.S. Supreme Court accepting New Jersey’s appeal of the Third Ciruit ruling that the state’s sports betting law violates federal law. (Record, 9/18/13)

Professor Stuart Green was interviewed about privacy concerns and warrantless smartphone searches. (101.5 AM, 9/12/13) “Firms will have to do a better job of protecting information, through encryption technologies, and consumers will have to take more responsibility for protecting their own identity infromation as well,” he stated for an article about identity theft. (cardhub.com, 9/13)

Interviewed about the history of presidents going to war without prior Congressional approval, Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. said: “It’s an ambiguity at the heart of our constitutional framework. Courts say it’s a political question, and stay out of it.” (Record, 8/30/13)

“Most people don’t know it’s a distinctive feature of America,” said Professor Alan Hyde in the article “Making Choice to Halt at Door of Citenzenship” about the many lawful permanent residents who chose not to become citizens. (New York Times, 8/26/13) Hyde was a guest for a segment on noncompete agreements that aired on the Wall Street Journal program “Lunch Break.” (8/23/13)

Professor Bernard Bell and Professor Frank Askin commented on the privacy and constitutional issues raised by the Freehold Raceway Mall’s use of license plate readers. (Asbury Park Press, 8/15/13)

“The Supreme Court’s ruling striking down DOMA significanrly strengthens the plaintiffs’ claims that New Jersey’s civil unions do not provide the same benefits as marriage,” stated Professor Carlos Ball in commenting on litigation in New Jersey seeking to legalize same-sex marriage. (Los Angeles Times, 8/15/13)

Interviewed about employers’ growing use of “non-compete” agreements, Professor Alan Hyde questioned their overall economic and social advantage: “You have slower growth, fewer startups, fewer patents and the loss of brains to jurisdictions that don’t enforce the agreements.” (Wall Street Journal, 8/14/13)

“This is dubious as a libel suit altogether,” said Adjunct Professor Bruce Rosen of a defamation lawsuit filed by the borough of Alpha, New Jersey and five council members claiming defamation by unknown individuals in Internet postings. (Express-Times, 8/11/13) 

“Backpage.com has ignored these requests and has consciously chosen, as a business, to continue to profit from modern-day slavery,” said Clinical Professor Penny Venetis for an article on the classified ad website’s lawsuit to block the New Jersey law intended to curb online ads for underage sex. (Star-Ledger, 8/7/13) 

Rutgers Today highlighted recent efforts by Clinical Professor Laura Cohen and a coalition of organizations that Professor Douglas Eakeley helped form to end solitary confinment in New Jersey of incarcerated juveniles. (8/7/13)

Professor Bernard Bell was quoted in the article “Learn to Read, Write Like a Law Student Before Classes Start.” (U.S. News, 8/1/13)

George Thomas on Due ProcessProfessor George Thomas (center), author of Confessions of Guilt: From Torture to Miranda and Beyond, was the only guest on the 7/28/13 Due Process show. He is shown here with co-hosts Raymond Brown and Sandra King.

“It’s the fastest growing criminal enterprise globally after drug trafficking,” said Clinical Professor Penny Venetis, commenting on the arrests in an international sex trafficking ring. (Newsworks.org, 7/18/13)

The New Jersey Law Journal op-ed by Professor Frank Askin titled “Why Only Justice Ginsburg Got Affirmative Action Case Right” was picked up by the Huffington Post. (7/17/13)

Clinical Professor Laura Cohen, interviewed about the practice of isolating teenagers who are in detention facilities, said that about 60 percent of the incarcerated juveniles represented by the Rutgers Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic have spent some time in solitary confinement. (Star-Ledger, 7/15/13)

Of the Wildwood ban on wearing sagging pants on the boardwalk, Professor Frank Askin said: “They can use it to try and see if people abide by it, but if they ever had to go to court, the town would probably lose.” (Bloomberg, 7/15/13) 

A paper by Professor Alan Hyde about Silicon Vally labor practices was cited in the article “Silicon Valley’s Anti-Unionism, Now With a Side of Class Warfare.” (New York, 7/11/13)

Chris Jennings, who is expected to be appointed by the Obama administration as a health policy coordinator and strategist, has a “sound, intuitive sense of how to mix politics with policy values to achieve something on both fronts,” said Associate Professor Christina Ho. (New York Times, 7/8/13)

Vice Dean Ronald Chen and Rutgers–Camden law professor Robert Williams submitted a letter to the New Jersey Legislature explaining how the proposed bill to eliminate the Rutgers University Board of Trustees would violate the U.S. and New Jersey Constitutions. (Star-Ledger, 6/26/13) 

Professor Stuart Green commented on reports that former Gov. Jon Corzine would soon face civil charges for his role in the collapse of MF Global Holdings. (Record, 6/25/13)

“Do we want the government to have that much power over the individual?” posited Professor Frank Askin about the National Security Agency’s collection of phone records. “Maybe they’ll use it for good purposes. I hope so.” (Asbury Park Press, 6/13/13)

Commenting on a lawsuit challenging the date selected for the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg, Professor Frank Askin said, “The truth is the statute is a mess and can be read in many different ways.” (Wall Street Journal, 6/12/13)

Interviewed about a bill in the State Senate that would allow police officers at the scene of an accident to check a driver’s cellphone for evidence of talking or texting while driving, Professor George Thomas said: “All the Fourth Amendment requires is that an officer have probable cause before seizing evidence of a crime.” (Star-Ledger, 6/10/13)

Asked to comment about New Jersey’s plan to take over the Camden public schools, Professor Paul Tractenberg said that, in contrast with previous administrations’ desire to return districts to local control, currently “not only isn’t there a desire to reestablish local control, there’s a desire to retain state operation in order to implement or experiment with a certain education reform agenda.” (Education Week, 6/5/13)

Professor Frank Askin was interviewed by numerous print and broadcast reporters about the death of Senator Frank Lautenberg and the announcement by Gov. Chris Christie that a special election would be held on October 16 to fill the vacant seat. (Associated Press, International Business TimesLos Angeles Times, NJTV, 6/3-5/13)

Clinical Professor Penny Venetis was interviewed about a Passaic mayoral candidate's questioning of the reliability of voting machines. (Record, 5/18/13)

“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)

The appointments of Dean John J. Farmer to senior vice president and general counsel of Rutgers University and of Vice Dean Ronald Chen to Acting  Dean of the law school were covered by numerous media, including the New York Times, Associated Press, Philadelphia InquirerStar-Ledger, and Record. (4/12/13)

“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 that 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 Professor 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 records 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 JournalABA Journal, Associated Press, Star-LedgerPhiladelphia 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 that 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)