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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

New Jersey Law Journal Honors Rutgers Alumni

From retired judges to up and coming stars, Rutgers Law Alumni were recognized in a recent issue of the New Jersey Law Journal, including Professor Penny Venetis, pictured here as a winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Venetis is the director of the International Human Rights Clinic, co-director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic and is currently working as the executive vice president and legal director of Legal Momentum.

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Meet an Outstanding Law School Graduate: Lyanne Prieto

While at law school, Lyanne Prieto dove right in by helping clients through Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and assisted clients with a number of problems - from trying to reinstate their drivers' licenses to understanding the divorce process. Prieto, who will work as a clerk for a family court judge in Passaic County, is one of this year's outstanding graduates. She was one of nearly 200 students who graduated from Rutgers Law School on May 27 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. 

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Meet an Outstanding Law School Graduate: Stephen Sainato

Stephen Sainato's hard work at Rutgers Law School paid off. He graduated top in his class after having the highest GPA three years in a row. In between working and studying, Sainato found time to work at the Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic and serve on the Rutgers Law Record editorial board. He is one of this year's oustanding law school graduates. Sainato received his diploma on May 27 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He heads to a New York City law firm after graduation.

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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 School Graduate: Kylie Huff

While at Rutgers Law School, Kylie Huff '16 fielded call after call from members of the local community who were in dire need of legal help. She and her colleagues at the Civil Justice Clinic assisted a number of clients with problems that ranged from child custody issues to landlord/tenant problems. That experience has helped propel Huff into a career as a civil litigator. Huff was one of the nearly 200 graduates in this year's Rutgers Law School Class of 2016 who graduated on May 27 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. She is another one 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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