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John J. Farmer, Jr. Named Dean of the Law School

A widely admired former public official and attorney with outstanding legal and administrative accomplishments, John J. Farmer, Jr. has had a prominent career in government service at the state and national level and in private practice. Notable positions include Senior Counsel and Team Leader of the 9/11 Commission, Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, and Chief Counsel to former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Upon graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, he clerked for Justice Alan B. Handler (Ret.) of the New Jersey Supreme Court and later served as an assistant U.S. attorney. Currently in private practice handling matters ranging from white collar criminal defense to governmental and regulatory affairs, Farmer has also served as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security. “John Farmer is known throughout the legal community for his integrity, his intelligence, his determined yet collegial management of difficult issues, and his steadfast commitment to the rule of law,” commented Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz (Ret.). April 2009 | Read Story

Meet an Outstanding Law School Graduate: Nayomi Deen

Nayomi Deen's hard work and compassion showed in her time with the Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Women's Rights Law Reporter. Her ability to help a man who had been imprisoned and tortured in his native country gain asylum in the United States will have an impact long after she graduates Friday, May 27. Deen is one of this year's outstanding graduates of Rutgers Law School and will receive her diploma at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center along with nearly 200 other graduates this year.

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Meet an Outstanding Law School Graduate: Azeem Chaudry

Trying to make sense in a Post-9/11 world, Azeem Chaudry chose to go to Rutgers Law School. This Morris County resident had studied public affairs as a Rutgers undergraduate and sought to mentor other students at Rutgers Law after he became the co-editor of the Race and Law Review. Chaudry is one of nearly 200 students who will graduate from Rutgers Law School on Friday, May 27 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He will serve as a judicial law clerk after graduation and has the goal of becoming a litigator. Azeem's story is one in a series introducing some of this year's outstanding graduates. 

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Meet an Outstanding Law Schoool Graduate: Caitlin Miller

From defending teenagers and disenfranchised adults, to helping people maintain their voter rights, Caitlin Miller was an active advocate for Constitutional Rights issues during her years at Rutgers Law School. She's taking that experience to launch her career as a civil rights attorney. Bravo Caitlin! As Rutgers Law School celebrates its commencement on May 27, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Miller will be one of the nearly 200 graduates. Caitlin's story is one in a serires introducing some of this year's outstanding graduates. 

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Meet an Outstanding Law School Graduate: Nikolas X. Rodriguez

Rutgers Law School will celebrate its commencement on May 27, 2016 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where nearly 200 students will graduate from law school in Newark. This is the first in a series of short stories to introduce some of this year's outstanding graduates, hear their stories and find out where they are heading next. First up is Nikolas Rodriguez, the co-editor of the Rutgers University Law Review,  who also was a member of the Rutgers Moot Court Board. After graduation, he will head to Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City where he will start out as a corporate associate.

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Judge Pratt's Idea of Justice Means Dignity and Fairness in the Courtroom

Newark Presiding Municipal Court Judge Victoria Pratt '98 calls her method of treating courtroom defendants "a simple idea." But her policy of procedural justice, which includes treating people appearing in her courtroom with courtesy, respect and giving them a chance to tell their stories - has gotten international attention. Pratt shared her method of procedural justice and her successful outcomes with students, faculty and guests at Rutgers Law School. Pratt was this year's speaker for the 33rd annual Chief Justice Joseph Weintraub Lecture. 

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Professor Bob Holmes Honored with Human Dignity Award

The award, recently renamed after the late Dr. Clement A. Price, honors members of the university community "who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and commitment" in promoting diversity, community inclusion, equity, and access." Prof. Holmes was recognized for numerous achievements - among them, founding New Jersey's first clinical program focusing on community and economic development in New Jersey's urban centers 20 years ago.

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Rutgers Law Student Chosen as NEBLSA Chapter President of the Year

When Leslyn Moore became the president of the Association of Black Law Students at Rutgers Law in Newark, one of her goals was to establish a relationship with undergraduate students who were considering law school.

She paired up with the pre-law undergraduates along with the co-chair, Alaina Thomas, of the National Lawyers Guild-Rutgers Newark Student chapter and started an LSAT book drive. “We were providing them with resources,” she said. “We wanted them to know what it’s like in law school and what is involved in the law school application process.”

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Professor Frank Askin Awarded the Rutgers Medal

Professor Frank Askin was awarded the Rutgers Medal by Chancellor Nancy Cantor of Rutgers University –Newark at an event honoring Askin for 50 years of service to Rutgers Law School.

 The Rutgers Medal, also called the Rutgers Award, is the university’s highest honor and recognizes the unique and lasting contributions made by individuals to the university and to the public.

 "It is really just an incredible honor to present Frank with the Rutgers Medal,” Cantor said at the event on April 13. She read a citation about Askin that said, in part, “Frank Askin is a dedicated professor and civil rights pioneer. Your life of service to the university and to the community has been an inspiration and a shining example of the difference one individual can make.”

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Rutgers Law Students Study Legal System in Cuba

They visited with jurists, professors, attended lectures and met with nonprofit organizations. Students, professors and alumni visited Havana, Cuba this spring on a trip led by Professor Charles Auffant. While there, they discussed the Cuban penal code, court procedures and compared the Civil law system and also formed their own opinions about the future of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

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