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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

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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Law Students Learn About Child Immigration on Trip to Guatemala

From visiting a women's collective to learning about the plight of child migrants, Rutgers Law students and professors traveled to Guatemala over spring break to gain a better understanding of the causes of migration. While in Guatemala, they met with doctors, scholars and a human rights organization that helps child migrants who are repatriated back to Guatemala.

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Cyber Security Expert Harvey Rishikof Talks About Cyber Law and Policy

Technological advances will increase the number of driverless cars and the ability to store health care information for a lifetime, but they also bring myriad challenges for cyber security and privacy issues, said Harvey Rishikof, this year’s Paul Miller Distinguished Lecturer.

Rishikof, a well-known cyber security expert,  outlined future technological advances and the risks they bring – from home monitoring systems that can alert people when the air conditioner needs repair – to countries that will hack into computer systems  to conduct acts of espionage or terrorism.

Rishikof is a well-known cyber security expert , former dean of the National War College in Washington D.C. and of Roger Williams School of Law. He currently works as senior counsel in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Government Contracts for Crowell & Moring in Washington D.C.

His talk was titled Cyber Law and Policy: A Framework for the 21st Century, and was funded by Rutgers Law School alumnus Paul S. Miller ’62 and his wife Carol.

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Experts in Corporate Compliance Meet with Rutgers Law Students

Attorneys who work in corporate compliance are key to ensuring their companies and clients meet state and federal laws and regulations and avoid fines and other penalties, whether those companies are involved in investment banking, asset management, pharmaceuticals, medical devices or health insurance.

That was the message a panel of distinguished compliance experts brought to students at Rutgers Law School, at a talk sponsored by the Center for Corporate Law and Governance and the Finance and Business Law Society. Attorneys who specialize in corporate compliance shared advice and traced their career paths before talking with students informally at a reception afterwards.

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Lawyer's Journey from Trusts and Estates to Art Gallery Owner

Rutgers Law School graduate Ann Berger Lesk '77 worked for many years in trusts and estates in New York City and is now enjoying her second career as the owner of a specialty art gallery called Alaska on Madison. She attended Rutgers Law in the 1970s, when it was one of the first law schools in the country to welcome qualified women applicants who were returning to school after taking a break for family or careers. In this article, she reflects on her experience at Rutgers and the her professional journey.

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Noted Legal Education Innovator and Criminal Law Scholar Named Co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden

Michael T. Cahill, a noted criminal law scholar and an experienced law school administrator committed to promoting affordability, public engagement, and student success, was named today as the first permanent co-dean of the Rutgers Law School location in Camden by Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden.  The appointment takes effect on July 1.

Cahill will join Ronald Chen as co-deans of Rutgers Law School, New Jersey’s only public law school.  In July 2015, the American Bar Association approved the unification of Rutgers’ two legacy law schools to become one Rutgers Law School with locations in Camden and Newark. Chen serves as co-dean in residence at the Rutgers University–Newark campus.

As co-deans, Cahill and Chen will supervise the academic and administrative operations of Rutgers Law School, which has approximately 1,100 students, 120 full-time faculty, and 20,000 alumni nationwide. 

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Rutgers Mock Trial Team Defeats Top-Seeded Teams in Competition

The Rutgers National Mock Trial Team started practicing last fall and put their talents to work at a regional competition in Philadelphia where each team - one made up of 2L students and one of 3L students - competed in rounds for three days, defeating top-seeded teams from other Mid-Atlantic states. The students, many of whom plan to go on to be litigators, conducted full trials of a civil case, representing the plaintiff and the defendant, arguing pre-trial motions and giving opening statements and closing arguments. Since two of the members are graduating, there will be openings for new students to join the Rutgers National Mock Trial Team and selections will be made later this spring.

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