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Omar Bareentto ’16: Driven to Succeed by the Refugee Narrative of His Family

Born into a family forced by the Ethiopian Red Terror to flee their home country, Omar Bareentto grew up hearing stories about refugee camps, tortured political prisoners and village raids. The refugee narrative has shaped his values and made him strive for excellence in all aspects of life. He pursued an interest in public policy at Syracuse University and, during a semester in Istanbul, learned first-hand how critical it is for an outsider to adapt to his surroundings. The Minority Student Program, with its history of opening doors to the disadvantaged, and the growing economic and cultural vitality of Newark brought him to Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Bareentto is determined to use his J.D. to help rid the world of the ignorance and hate that contribute to the kinds of ethnic conflicts that targeted his family. “I feel as though their story is my story,” he says, “and I am connected to their trials and tribulations and, in keeping with that, my future success is also by proxy their success.” November 2014 | Read Story

Rachel Moody ’15: Dual Degree Program and Varied Internships Boost Career Readiness

An undergraduate internship experience with the San Francisco Planning Department showed Rachel Moody that a legal education can have broad application and provide an advantage in various work environments. That insight brought her back to New Jersey – whose fast-paced way of life she missed after seven years in California – to pursue a dual degree program at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The two-degree commitment was an advantage when applying for legal internships, says Moody, and the law curriculum has added depth to her understanding of public policy issues. Moody prizes her five internships, the most recent of which was with the U.S. Department of Justice, for teaching her about the practice of law from varied perspectives and introducing her to a network of dedicated attorneys. In the final year of the four-year program, Moody says that the two degrees fit perfectly into her career goals: “government service, leadership roles, and broad understanding of planning and policy processes.” October 2014 | Read Story

Students Salute a Summer of Substantive and Rewarding Legal Work

Summer jobs for Rutgers School of Law–Newark students take as many different forms as there are legal practice areas. Students explore new areas of the law and reinforce classroom lessons in positions with the federal, state and local judiciary, private law firms, corporations, government offices, NGOs, and public interest organizations in the metropolitan area and across the country. As a law clerk at Fried Frank, Malika Brown ’15 (shown here) was able to test drive “my dream job” to which she’ll be returning after graduation. Caitlin Miller ’16 found the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights a perfect match for her passion to fight for the underserved. At Lowenstein Sandler Wan Cha ’15 appreciated the diverse assignments and commitment to attorney development. The dedication to representing children that Shashwat Dave ’15 experienced at LAS’s Juvenile Rights Program boosted his determination to practice in that area. What was most rewarding to Linda Lee ’15 were the diverse and substantive assignments and supportive and collegial environment that Bressler afforded. For Tiffany Ornedo ’15, an internship at ACLU-NJ solidified her desire to become a public interest lawyer. August/September 2014 | Read Story

Former Dancer Erica Nelson ’07 Leads Effort to Reduce Racial Inequity in Dane County, WI

Dance classes since early childhood. Her first decade lived in rural Wisconsin. Parents whose careers centered around efforts to improve the lives of disadvantaged families and children. Much of her youth spent on the East Coast. For Erica Nelson ’07, it was a natural decision to move to New York City after graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in order to pursue her passion for modern dance. But a legal career was always in the back of her mind and, after six years as a professional dancer, Nelson enrolled at Rutgers School of Law–Newark for its clinics, public service opportunities, diversity, and proximity to the life she had created in Brooklyn. An interest in open space preservation and environmental justice issues drew her to environmental law but a summer internship at Lawyers for Children brought a special fulfillment. Three years after receiving her J.D. and working as a public interest lawyer, Nelson and her husband decided to return to Madison where, as project director of Race for Equity, she is helping to lead an important conversation about racial disparities. August 2014 | Read Story

Mariel Mercado-Guevara ’15 Has Immersion in IP Law, Thanks to HNBA/Microsoft Scholarship

Going to law school was something that Mariel Mercado-Guevara ’15 always knew she would do “one day.” That’s largely due to the example of her father who, after retiring from the U.S. Army, became a Hispanic consumer advisor to the Governor of Maryland. “My late father’s experience showed me how education can empower communities to be a part of the political process and create a more vibrant, knowledgeable, and cohesive community.” But first Mercado-Guevara pursued two degrees in music, performed around the country as a professional opera singer, worked as a realtor and as a community organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, married and had two children, and took a job with a boutique intellectual property law firm to determine whether law school was right for her. She loved the job and a senior attorney’s question, “Have you ever thought about law school?” sealed her decision. At Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where she is a rising 4LE, Mercado-Guevara has, not surprisingly, found herself drawn to IP law. In early June, she participated in the highly-selective Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)/Microsoft IP Law Institute in Washington, DC. July/August 2014 | Read Story

Alexander Hernandez ’14: JAG Corps Is Opportunity to Serve and to Help

Count yourself lucky to have been born in America, truly a land of opportunity. That oft-repeated declaration by his grandparents was what sparked an interest for Alexander E. Hernandez ’14 in joining the military. Growing up, he came to see the chance both to receive a college degree and serve his country. As a member of the Army ROTC at Fordham University, Hernandez grew more certain that he wanted a career in the military but also became interested in the advocacy that a law degree would enable him to do. He decided to apply for an educational delay from the Army and enrolled at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where be was a co-founder of the Rutgers Veterans Pro Bono Project. The project is modeled after a program started by William S. Greenberg ’67, now a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, when he was at McCarter & English. Hernandez has been accepted into the highly-selective Judge Advocate General’s Corps and in a few months will eagerly report to Fort Benning, Georgia to begin training as a JAG Corps officer. May/June 2014 | Read Story

Rinat Shangeeta ’15: National Recognition for IP Law, Mentoring Commitments

Passionate about both mentoring and intellectual property law, Rinat Shangeeta ’15 has found ways at Rutgers School of Law–Newark to experience the rewards of both – and in so doing, has won national and state recognition. As president of the Intellectual Property Law Society, she developed and launched a Mentoring Program that paired IP law students with volunteer mentors recruited from law firms and top entertainment industry companies. In March her commitment and dedication to the law school and the practice of law were recognized by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. The same month she was selected as the winner of the 2014 Mark T. Banner Scholarship, a national award given to one aspiring IP lawyer each year by the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. It’s the kind of recognition that would not have seemed possible to the 17-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh who felt lost in her small-town Virginia high school. An ESL teacher, her first mentor, helped Shangeeta find a talent for math that would lead to a successful career in engineering and an interest in patent law. April/May 2019 | Read Story

Samuel Dillon ’15: Pulitzer Prize Winner Leaves Journalism for Public Service Law

Attending law school had been a dormant goal of Samuel Dillon for decades. After completing his B.A. at the University of Minnesota, he applied to law school but elected instead to accept an offer from the Columbia J-School. That decision led to a highly successful career as a journalist, including almost two decades with the New York Times, two Pulitzer Prizes, an award-winning book, and thousands of articles on the people, governments and institutions of two continents. Years spent as a news correspondent in Central and South America at a time when reporters, not human rights activists, were often the ones uncovering stories of rights abuses were gratifying and exhilarating. “In short,” he says, “journalism felt like public service.” Over time changes in the newspaper business eroded that feeling and Dillon, his interest provoked by a report about inadequate representation for detained immigrants in removal proceedings, decided to pursue a new career. At Rutgers School of Law–Newark he has found courses and internships that fit his post J.D. goal of representing needy immigrants. March/April 2014 | Read Story

DOJ Honors Program Clerkship Is Ideal Fit for Stephanie Robins ’14

Growing up in a town in which social justice work and helping others were strongly encouraged instilled in Stephanie Robins ’14 the determination to do her part to fight inequality and injustice. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Robins returned to Dakar, Senegal, where she had spent an undergraduate year studying migration and public health issues. For 18 months she taught English to students and professionals and supervised a cultural program. Living in Senegal she came to realize that, even more than grassroots activism, public interest lawyering has the potential not only to improve people’s lives but also to create lasting change. She chose Rutgers School of Law–Newark based on its reputation for valuing and encouraging public interest work. As our first Immigrant Rights Fellow, Robins has enjoyed numerous opportunities to engage in immigrant rights advocacy and education. Her demonstrated commitment to legal and public policy issues that concern immigrants won her a prestigious post-graduation clerkship with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Honors Program in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. March 2014 | Read Story

Professor David Troutt: Fixing the Broken American Dream Demands Greater Interdependency

“I really do love cities and urban dynamics,” says David Dante Troutt. “I discovered a strong sense of place by living in and fighting for cities, which informs my place-based writing and advocacy today.” Troutt, whose teaching and scholarship at Rutgers School of Law–Newark have focused primarily on issues of race, poverty and economic development, traces diminishing access to the American dream to the “culture of localism.” Excesses of localism-based policies which, he argues in his new book The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America, is designed to preserve middle-class stability by keeping poor people in place, have led to “inefficiency, fiscal stress, segregation and gross inequity.” Given changing demographics related to migration and fertility, however, what have been mainly problems of the inner cities are now threatening the well-being of first-ring suburbs and beyond. Troutt makes the case that metropolitan equity strategies which allow for the sharing of burdens and benefits on a more regional, less localized basis expand middle-class opportunities for the next generation. January/February 2014 | Read Story

Stuart Alderoty, Rosemary Alito and Lois Whitman Honored by the Alumni Association

The notable careers of three Rutgers School of Law–Newark graduates were recognized by the Alumni Association at its recent annual dinner. They are: Stuart A. Alderoty ’85, senior executive vice president and general counsel of HSBC North America Holdings Inc.; Rosemary Alito ’78, partner at K&L Gates and co-chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice; and Lois Whitman ’76, founder and former director of the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. While the honorees have taken differing paths since receiving their J.D., they share a commitment to excellence and service that Rutgers–Newark Law instills in its students. The Alumni Association, understanding the dinner as an opportunity to salute current students who epitomize the ideals represented by the honorees, presented the Alumni Recognition Dinner Scholarship to Edwin Mercado and the Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship for Public Service to Stephanie Robins, both from the Class of 2014. December 2013/January 2014 | Read Story

Why Not Naturalize? Students Ask and Immigrants’ Answers Give Professor Core of New Article

Why do so many foreign-born residents of the United States keep their green card status for decades when they could enjoy the advantages of citizenship? Ray A. Mateo ’09 and Bridgit Cusato-Rosa ’11 were students in Professor Alan Hyde’s Immigration Policy Seminar when they independently decided to augment the research on the country’s low naturalization rate by interviewing Dominicans living in New York and New Jersey. “Asking people their reasons for not naturalizing had not been done before,” says Hyde, adding that the students’ papers took the issue beyond cost and inconvenience hurdles and “into the realm of identity.” Mateo (shown above) and Cusato-Rosa are credited as co-authors of Hyde’s article, “Why don’t they naturalize: Voices from the Dominican community?” published this fall in Latino Studies and cited recently in the New York Times. To Mateo, now a deputy attorney general, and Cusato-Rosa, principal of a charter school, both of Dominican ancestry, the research produced new insights into both personal family issues and the larger concept of citizenship. As Hyde says, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, “immigration is not an interesting problem in constitutional or administrative law. It’s our students’ lives.” November 2013 | Read Story

Steve G. Hockaday ’04: Living a Promise-Driven Life

When Steve G. Hockaday was installed as 2013-2014 president of the Garden State Bar Association, he announced that the goal of his tenure was the advancement of two efforts: the Reaching Back As We Climb Mentorship Program and greater outreach to and partnership with other organizations seeking to achieve positive social change. Both efforts draw on skills and values fostered by Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Before law school the Delaware State graduate was a language arts teacher who early on concluded that a J.D. would allow him to broaden his service-oriented work from teenagers to the larger community and further his aim “to live a promise-driven life.” He chose Rutgers–Newark Law for its commitment to the urban community, support of public interest attorneys, tradition of bringing minorities and other historically-disadvantaged and non-traditional students into the legal profession, and extensive clinical program. Now the Essex-Newark Legal Services attorney, whose practice interests are areas that help enhance communities, will apply what he has learned about the power of organizations to achieve social change to his year as head of the state’s oldest special bar association. October/November 2013 | Read Story

Ashley Higginson ’15: Focused on a J.D. and a Place on the U.S. Olympic Track Team

The time and single-mindedness required to train for the Olympics can postpone or at least interrupt the most certain career plans. But for Ashley Higginson, a member of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Class of 2015, preparing to run the steeplechase at the 2016 Summer Olympics while also studying full time for a J.D. makes sense. Law school offers a pace change which, with its hurdles and water pits interrupting the flat track, is what drew her to take up the steeplechase. Both also demand the high level of preparation and discipline that Higginson has demonstrated since her Academic All-America years at Princeton. The concurrent pursuit of the two dreams means missing some social events, “confident to say ‘no, I have to go run and then read and then sleep.’” Yet the top American finisher in her event at this summer’s World Championships in Moscow is more than willing to make those sacrifices to put herself in the best position possible for success in a legal career and on the track. September/October 2013 | Read Story

Summer Jobs: Eye-Opening, Challenging, and Invaluable

Equipped with varied backgrounds and career interests, Rutgers School of Law–Newark students head in many different directions come summer. Kristin Taylor ’14, for example, experienced diverse practice areas at Lowenstein Sandler, while classmate Alexander Hernandez, recipient of a Public Interest Law Foundation grant, interned for the Army JAG Corps. Harold Brantley Jr. ’15 (above), besides gaining much of practical use interning for Justice Barry Albin, was captivated by the amount of time the justice devoted to teaching and counseling his summer interns. Returning home for a job with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Sascha Rips ’15 left with an even stronger commitment to a public interest-centered career, while Ifeoma Ukwubiwe ’15, in working for the Nassau County DA, got the immersion in criminal prosecution she’s long dreamed about. Angela Yu ’15 found Cisco Systems the ideal summer placement for a JD/MBA candidate; Craig Drachtman ’15, set on becoming a patent attorney, had an invaluable experience at Patterson & Sheridan; and at the Office of the Appellate Defender, PILF grant recipient Michael Woodruff ’14 learned the many issues that can be raised by just one case. August/September 2013 | Read Story

Professor Laura Cohen: A Leader in Juvenile Justice Reform

Within a recent six-month period, Rutgers School of Law–Newark clinical professor Laura Cohen was honored for her advocacy on behalf of juvenile criminal defendants by the National Juvenile Defender Center, the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change program and the ACLU-NJ. The recognition was for her substantive contributions on both the state and national levels to the rights of juvenile criminal defendants. Cohen realized in her third year of law school what it was she wanted to do with her J.D.: represent children and teach a clinic. A member of the faculty since 2001, she is director of the Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic and teaches a class in Juvenile Justice. Among the clinic’s docket is parole advocacy on behalf of clients who were convicted of serious crimes when they were teenagers and have served long prison sentences, a unique focus for a law school clinic. Of her job Cohen says: “I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to meld these passions together, particularly at Rutgers, with its deeply-rooted commitments to both clinical education and social justice lawyering.” July/August 2013 | Read Story

Former Pro Basketball Player Brandon D. Williams ’13 Brings J.D. Skills to League Office Position

Brandon D. Williams followed his dream of playing for the National Basketball Association through seven countries, the minor leagues, and three NBA teams, the highlight of which was a championship run with the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout the journey he prepared for when his pro career would be over – absorbing lessons in leadership from coaches and managers; honing business skills in off-season entrepreneurial ventures; and considering what role he might play in helping to advance the professional, social and personal growth of NBA players. After retiring in 2005, Williams moved into a league office position where he saw that the legal background of senior managers helped them cut to the core of complex issues. Institutional commitment to the public interest, empowerment within the urban community, and the diversity of the student body led him to pursue a J.D. at Rutgers School of Law–Newark while working as NBA associate vice president, basketball operations. With his passion for sports, experience and law degree, Williams sees two logical career paths: NBA general manager or college or university athletic director. July 2013 | Read Story

Lowenstein Professor Doug Eakeley on the Promise of Law and the Legacy of Alan Lowenstein

An investiture, said Rutgers president Robert Barchi at the ceremony installing Douglas S. Eakeley (left) as the first holder of the Alan V. Lowenstein Chair in Corporate and Business Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, “is an occasion for celebrating the generosity of the donor family and the brilliance of the recipient – and together, the gift they give to Rutgers.” Alan Lowenstein was a significant presence in the legal and non-profit communities – a businessman, a leading corporate law attorney and a dedicated social justice activist. Roger A. Lowenstein recalled his late father’s intent that the chair be held by a prominent business law practitioner and that it give Rutgers the opportunity to expand its focus on teaching the laws and regulations governing corporations and the commercial bar. Eakeley is nationally recognized both for his success as a commercial litigator and his commitment to increasing legal services for the poor. “There is nobody,” said Lowenstein, “that I could possibly think of who would make my father happier to see in the Alan Lowenstein Chair than Doug Eakeley.” June 2013 | Read Story

National Trial Competition Finish Caps Notable Year for Advocacy Programs

Competing in the National Trial Competition final rounds, the Rutgers School of Law–Newark team left San Antonio with National Quarterfinalist honors. Placing fifth overall out of the 28 best mock trial teams in the country – in a competition that began with 320 law school teams vying to advance in regional tournaments – was very gratifying for Kory Ramkawsky (left) and Amanda Ribustello. Two months earlier, Ramkawsky and Ribustello, along with Class of 2013 classmate David Baumwoll, had a historic win in the regional round, becoming the first New Jersey law school ever to advance to the national finals. The increasing excellence of the school’s advocacy program and the dedication of faculty, administrator and alumni coaches were evident in several other regional, national and international moot court competitions this year. Said Ribustello, co-chair with Joseph Lo Galbo ’13 of the Moot Court Board: “Each team’s success has showcased the talent of our students and highlighted Rutgers School of Law–Newark as a real competitor at these competitions.” May/June 2013 | Read Story

Four Women MSP Students at the Helm of Rutgers Law School Journals

One measure of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark commitment to the principles of excellence, opportunity and impact is the school’s integral role in advancing women in the law and addressing gender discrimination by the legal system. Not only was the law school one of the first to enroll women in large numbers and to have women on the faculty, but it also boasts the oldest legal journal in the country devoted to women’s rights law. This year, four of the five main journals are headed by women and, in another measure of the distinctive culture at Rutgers–Newark Law, the Class of 2013 editors-in-chief on three of the journals are also participants in the Minority Student Program. Their routes to law school and the post-graduation plans of EICs Emmy Acevedo, Alba Aviles, Patrina Ozurumba (shown left to right) and Silvia Medina differ but their testimonials to a supportive environment school-wide and a strong MSP community that has helped them to excel are remarkably similar. April/May 2013 | Read Story

Zerlina Maxwell ’13: Gaining Influence in the Political Conversation

Born into a political-minded family and not shy about sharing her opinions on a range of political and cultural issues, Zerlina Maxwell long ago decided that she wanted to go to law school. Rutgers School of Law–Newark, with its stellar reputation and well-known diversity, appealed to her. A part-time student who worked as a litigation paralegal during much of her time as a law student, Maxwell has enjoyed the Rutgers experience. Still, along the way she discovered an alternative to the practice of law that she finds more suited to her talents and energy. Stoked by her work on the first Obama presidential campaign and taken by the broad possibilities of social media, Maxwell plunged into blogging as way to stay involved in political discussions. Once she broke into Twitter, she soon gained recognition as a legitimate voice in the political conversation. Equipped with a J.D. that has sharpened her political commentary skills, Maxwell aims to remain part of that conversation and to help shape public opinion on several issues. March/April 2013 | Read Story

Distinguished Alumni Recall Inspiring Professors, Gifted Classmates

The three graduates whose achievements and contributions to the profession and to society were honored by the Alumni Association at its Annual Recognition Dinner – Hon. Rosemary Gambardella ’79 (shown with Vincent Warren), Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey; Hon. Hazel R. O’Leary ’66, president of Fisk University; and Vincent Warren ’93, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights – have taken very different paths to success in their extraordinary careers. But in accepting their awards, the alumni offered remarkably similar recollections about the teachers and academic experiences that inspired them and the classmates who shared their dedication to excellence. Seeking to recognize current students who best embody the ideals represented by the dinner honorees, the Alumni Association of Rutgers School of Law–Newark also awards two scholarships at its annual dinner. David Baumwoll ’13 accepted the Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship for Public Service and Silvia Medina ’13 received the Alumni Recognition Dinner Scholarship. January/February 2013 | Read Story

Fellowship Furthers Interest in Public Policy Work in Latin America

As a Patton Boggs Foundation Fellow, Emily Button Aguilar ’14 spent the summer of 2012 in Peru, doing research for the Andean Commission of Jurists (CAJ) on legal protections for indigenous peoples. An earlier two-year stint with an NGO in Peru had made her aware of how marginalized the country’s indigenous population is and steered her towards law school for the tools to effect positive change in the world. Aguilar arrived at CAJ equipped with new research and analytic skills gained during her first year at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and eager to help the organization educate Andean governments, scholars and other groups about indigenous issues. She left more sure than ever of her interest in international human rights law and policy and with a new understanding of the need to strengthen democratic institutions in the region. December 2012/January 2013 | Read Story

Rutgers University Shows Its IP Assets, Thanks to Law Students

Three Rutgers School of Law–Newark students with an interest in intellectual property law gained excellent IP experience last summer as interns at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This fall, two of those students – Eric Ashbahian ’13 and Dana L. Broughton ’14 – returned to USPTO headquarters to participate in the office’s National Trademark Expo. Through the diligent work of Ashbahian and the strong support of the university’s trademark office and legal counsel, Rutgers became the first university to exhibit at the high-profile event. More than 15,000 expo visitors had the opportunity to see examples of Rutgers’ impressive trademark portfolio and to learn about the importance of trademarks and protecting intellectual property. The Rutgers students returned to campus after two days of networking with others in the field and helping the public understand the value of trademarks with an even stronger interest in pursuing a career in IP law. November/December 2012 | Read Story

Laura Deeks ’13 Prizes Her Study–Abroad Experience

For some students, it’s a family experience or a college internship that’s behind the decision to go to law school. For Laura E. Deeks ’13 it was the sight of trees in bloom in what should be the coldest month of the year in New Jersey. The law, she decided, would provide the best preparation for doing something beyond just worrying about the climate change and energy policy issues that so concerned her. With plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature or political science and then to teach put aside, Deeks enrolled in Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Recognizing the global aspect of many environmental issues, she took advantage of the opportunity to study international law for a semester at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She couldn’t be happier with the decision to take part in the Leiden Law Courses or to extend the overseas experience with a summer internship in The Hague. October/November 2012 | Read Story

Faculty Share Some Summer Reading Selections

For some Rutgers School of Law–Newark faculty, the summer break means time to make progress on a publication deadline, prepare to teach a new course, catch up on the writings of other scholars or complete a brief. For others, it offers an opportunity to read something a little different from what their teaching and research require they devote attention to during the academic year. It may be a new work of fiction, a long-neglected classic, the autobiography of a Rutgers Law School alumnus that has been recommended by a colleague for its presidential election year relevance, or, as in the case of Professor Diana Sclar (shown here), a couple of richly entertaining histories populated with the kind of outsized personalities whose influence on the law, she is reminded, can sometimes be overlooked in the teaching of legal concepts. August/September 2012 | Read Story

A Summer of Gaining New Skills, New Interests and New Mentors

Each year Rutgers School of Law–Newark students finish exams and head off to summer jobs with the judiciary, private law firms, government offices, corporations, NGOs, and public interest organizations around the country and overseas. Some like Raymond Baldino ’13 (shown here), who worked at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, are delighted to find themselves in a perfect match with their particular lawyering interests. Others discover a surprising attraction to a practice area they had never considered. Many who work in an unpaid public interest or public service job are especially grateful for a Rutgers Public Interest Law Foundation grant that made it possible for them to accept their position. Wherever they choose to work, students return to classes each August with new skills, friends and mentors, reinvigorated by the legal and personal experiences of their summer job. August/September 2012 | Read Story

Hannah Pennington ’01: Making a Difference for Domestic Violence Victims

As a student at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Hannah Pennington ’01 co-founded the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. She clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein, then spent seven years as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. The work was fascinating, both the commercial litigations and government investigations as well as the representation of pro bono clients in domestic violence cases. But public interest law was her real passion, so 10 years after she was introduced as a summer intern to the domestic violence advocacy community, she accepted an offer to head the Sanctuary for Families’ Bronx Legal Project. Recently honored by the New York Legal Assistance Group for her dedication to public service, Pennington is a strong proponent of the value of public and private sector partnerships in providing legal services to the underserved. July/August 2012 | Read Story

Professor Stuart Green Explores the Moral Underpinnings of Criminal Offenses

When does savvy investing become insider trading? What’s the distinction between witness preparation and witness tampering? Is it stealing to piggyback your neighbor’s wireless connection? Those are the types of questions that absorb Stuart P. Green, newly-named Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. In two books and dozens of scholarly writings that have secured his reputation as one of the most influential criminal law theorists, Green has considered what he terms the “moral content” of criminal law, especially of offenses that are described as white-collar crimes. His new book, 13 Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age, takes note of the many changes – in technology, the law, the economy, legal theory – since the last major revisions to theft law and advocates a broad rethinking of what should count as stealing and what types of things can be stolen. June/July 2012 | Read Story

Class of 2012 Standouts in Fostering a Stronger Public Interest Community

In presenting the Minority Student Program’s 2012 Community Service Award, Jessica Kitson, Associate Director for Career Services, described the recipient as “someone who recognizes that there are people with needs and announces I want to meet those needs.” Kitson, who also is co-director of the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program, was describing Laura Marchini but could have been talking about dozens of others in the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Class of 2012. They are students like Laura Marchini and Timothy D’Arduini (shown here) who are passionate about using the law to advance social justice, committed to serving the public interest, and proud of the school’s support for those focused on a public service career. “With clarity about why they came to law school and a can-do attitude,” says Kitson, “these students have invigorated existing programs, started new programs, and planned other initiatives for the next group of public interest leaders at Rutgers Law to realize.” May/June 2012 | Read Story

Professor Penny Venetis Brings International Human Rights Law Focus to Clinical Program

When Penny Venetis joined Rutgers School of Law–Newark, she had experience both in complex commercial litigation and in projects focused on human rights abuses, including investigating war crimes in Bosnia and human rights violations in Peru. That kind of experience was what the Constitutional Litigation Clinic sought when it decided to expand the scope of its cases and projects to international human rights. With her scholarship and much of her litigation focused on methods of integrating human rights law into U.S. jurisprudence, Venetis, who is Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic, has furthered the conversation about an important area of law and enhanced the clinic’s reputation for litigating landmark cases. The New Jersey Law Journal lauded the clinic’s work on the precedent-setting Jama case, a decade-long endeavor by faculty, students and alumni, as “a tribute to the profession.” On an issue with more direct impact on New Jersey residents, Venetis and her students continue to pursue a remedy for unreliable voting machines. April/May 2012 | Read Story

First-Hand Lessons in International Human Rights Issues for Students on Trip to Israel

Clinical Professor Jennifer Rosen Valverde and eight law students from the Rutgers School of Law–Newark spent their spring break in and around Beer Sheva, Israel, as part of an exchange opportunity with Ben Gurion University. The purpose of the trip was to learn about children’s rights, identity and advocacy in the country. The group planned to study the Israeli legal system and meet with representatives of social service programs that help the indigent, the marginalized and underserved, such as the Bedouin population, and immigrant populations, including those from Russia and Ethiopia. With the visit coinciding with a period of turmoil in the region, unexpected changes had to be made to the itinerary. Lasting, first-hand lessons in international human rights law and policy replaced some planned classroom lectures. For the Rutgers students, whose backgrounds reflect the diversity of the law school community, the experience forged enduring bonds both among each other and with the Israeli students. March/April 2012 | Read Story

In Redistricting Work, Students Engage in the Intersection of Law, Policy and Politics

Once Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. was selected as the 13th member of the bipartisan New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission, he tapped Vice Dean Ronald Chen to serve as his counsel. They, in turn, seeing a considerable learning opportunity for future lawyers, recruited upper-class students from the law schools at Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden to provide legal counsel services and general recommendations. Over a period of close to four months, 20 Rutgers law students helped guide the commission to its adoption of a new map of 12 congressional districts (one fewer than that mandated by the 2000 census) of equal population. Political figures on both sides of the aisle acknowledged the value of their work. As for the students, the experience taught academic as well as practical lessons. Not only did they learn the legal principles of redistricting but, called on to advocate effectively for a position regardless of whether they agreed with it ideologically, they also grew as legal thinkers. February/March 2012 | Read Story

A Winter Break of Public Service and Lessons in the Creation of a Non-Profit

On a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic, 13 Rutgers School of Law–Newark students helped build a home for a local family and establish a non-profit that will send physical therapists to underserved communities around the world. The concept for the Winter Session grew out of an earlier service trip to the country by Associate Dean Andy Rothman ’90 and his wife, Dr. Beth Rothman, a college professor and long-time physical therapist. The Rothmans envisioned a return trip with students from the law school, UMDNJ, and NJIT that would combine clinical training and education with community building and construction. After working on “the build” with people from the village, Rutgers students studied non-profit corporations law, Dr. Rothman and the UMDNJ students treated villagers with various physical impairments and injuries, and the NJIT team explored introducing new technologies that would improve public health. In working to develop the new non-profit, the law students experienced “collaborative lawyering” in a way not possible in the traditional classroom. January/February 2012 | Read Story

Professor Twila Perry Wins Prestigious AALS Clyde Ferguson Award

For so many reasons, it is fitting that Twila Perry has won the 2012 Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools. The award recognizes “an outstanding teacher, who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship.” The award is particularly intended for law professors “who have provided support, encouragement and mentoring to colleagues, students and aspiring legal educators.” Professor Perry is one of the premier legal scholars in the country on issues of race and family law and a pioneer in her insightful writing about transracial adoption. A member of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark faculty for 28 years, she is a dedicated professor who clearly enjoys teaching Torts to first-year students as much as she does her electives of Family Law, Children and the Law, and Race, Gender and Tort Law to upper-level students. However, it is in the area of public service – to the law school as an advocate and leader on student and faculty diversity issues, to the academy as a collegial mentor of junior scholars, to minorities and communities of color as a champion of social justice – that Professor Perry most clearly exemplifies the ideals of the Ferguson Award. December 2011/January 2012 | Read Story

Alumni Awards Recognize Excellence in the Profession and Service to the Community

The four recipients of 2011 Alumni Association awards represent “the very best of Rutgers School of Law–Newark alumni,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. Now in the private sector, Hon. Louis J. Freeh ’74 was previously a special agent with the FBI, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a U.S. District Court Judge, and Director of the FBI. As a Deputy Attorney General, Joseph A. Hayden, Jr. ’69 tried the first wiretap case brought by the State and in private practice has tried high-profile criminal cases in state and federal court involving political corruption, fraud, environmental offenses, and homicide. Justin P. Walder ’61, who has focused his practice on white-collar criminal defense, has served on numerous U.S. District Court and New Jersey Supreme Court Committees and frequently been honored for his professionalism and dedication to the law. Sara Manzano-Diaz ’84 has spent her career in public service advocating on behalf of working-class families, women, and girls. November/December 2011 | Read Story

Prominent Role for Law School Alumnae in NAWJ Annual Conference

More than 300 federal, state, administrative, and military court judges from 26 countries as well as legal scholars and attorneys gathered in Newark from October 12–16 for the 33rd Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Judges. Eight alumnae of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, led by Hon. Sue Pai Yang ’84 (shown at right), conference chair, and Senior Associate Dean Fran Bouchoux ’87 (left), co-chair, played an essential role in planning and organizing the four-day program. Keynote speakers were Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Hon. Luis CdeBaca, U.S. Ambassador on Human Trafficking; and Hon. Alice C. Hill, Senior Counselor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary. Topics at the conference symposium, which was held at the law school on October 14, and at other programs at venues throughout Newark ranged from ending violence against women and ensuring economic equality for women in a global society to cross-cultural issues in the courts and effective leadership styles for judges. October/November 2011 | Read Story

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Rutgers Law Review Editors on Groundbreaking Publication of “A New Type of War”

In early summer, when Rutgers Law Review began an update and redesign of its website, journal editors could not imagine that the new site (www.rutgerslawreview.com) would record almost seven million hits within days of its launch. That intense interest was due to the Law Review’s unprecedented publication of the audio monograph A New Type of War: The Story of the FAA and NORAD Response to the September 11, 2001 Attacks. The monograph, a draft of which had been prepared for the 9/11 Commission, is a narrative with audio clips embedded into the text of conversations between key civilian and military aviation personnel related to the hijackings. Publication of the monograph continues a dialogue about the discrepancy between legal doctrine and the reality of the fight against transnational terrorism that the Law Review began with its February 2011 symposium. In presenting to the public for the very first time a piece of history that is vital to our understanding of what happened on 9/11, the Law Review has broken new ground for law school journals. September/October 2011 | Read Story

Substantive Work, Exciting Assignments Typify Summer Jobs for These Law Students

Summer finds Rutgers School of Law–Newark students in jobs that reflect the varied experiences, talents, and career interests of our student body. Each year Rutgers students explore new areas of the law and reinforce what they’ve learned in the classroom while working for members of the New Jersey and federal judiciary and in private law firms, government offices, NGOs, and public interest organizations in the metropolitan area, across the country, and around the world. Many who take unpaid public interest/public service jobs receive support from a Rutgers Public Interest Law Foundation grant. Some students return to campus more certain than ever of what they want to do with their J.D., while others, such as Craig Dashiell ’13 (shown here), return with fresh ideas about the variety of legal work they may experience as a member of the Bar. All have acquired new insights into the practice of law, have sharpened their skills, and gained new friends and mentors in the legal community. September 2011 | Read Story

Associate Dean Jon Dubin – Guiding the Clinical Program Through Exciting Times, Challenging Times

Thinking about the coming academic year, Professor Jon Dubin eagerly looks forward to welcoming a new group of clinic students, helping to develop an Immigrants Rights Clinic, and continuing to nurture the advocacy and scholarship of the clinical faculty. Dubin has guided the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Clinical Program since 2002, a period in which clinic faculty and their students, who learn critical lawyering skills as they also “do good,” have provided hundreds of thousands of hours of free services to indigent and under-represented individuals and communities. It has also been a period of greater cross-fertilization of clinical and classroom courses and faculty as the school’s Clinical Scholar Series has furthered a greater integration of the clinical faculty into the law faculty community. Despite funding pressures and a legal challenge to the program that has national implications for clinical education, Dubin is upbeat in describing his administrator, teacher, and advocate hats as “an exhilarating mix of synergistically supportive functions.” August 2011 | Read Story

Hon. Esther Salas ’94 – First Latina on New Jersey District Court

“Hard work and determination” are what the Honorable Esther Salas instructs law students who ask her advice on achieving a rewarding career. Those attributes only partially explain the striking career trajectory of Judge Salas, newly confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey. Intellect, passion, a commitment to public service, and a can-do attitude exemplified by the “No Whining” sign in her office are also behind what New Jersey’s United States Senator Robert Menendez ’79 called a “historic nomination.” At Rutgers School of Law–Newark, the Minority Student Program equipped Judge Salas with the strength to pursue her professional goals and her interest in criminal law flourished. Said Senator Menendez: “Her story is testament to the quality of education that Rutgers provides its students and the important role it plays in forming the next generation of leaders in our state.” July 2011 | Read Story

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Part-time Students, Full-time Stars in the Class of 2011

Each year about one quarter of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark graduating class consists of students who have attended evening classes while holding a full-time job for most if not all of their four years. To succeed, they depend on understanding bosses and co-workers as well as especially supportive family and friends. To participate in law school life beyond the classroom, they sacrifice time with children, the opportunity for career advancement or overtime pay, lunch breaks and vacation days, hobbies – not to mention sleep. Three members of the 2011 evening class exemplify the exceptional determination, strong support network, and absolute commitment of our evening students. Eric Sposito (left), a printing pressman, had three papers published while in law school and received a prized position in the National Labor Relations Board Honors Program. Michael Coco, an emergency room nurse who is headed to a New Jersey Supreme Court clerkship, was on Law Review and a Saul Tischler Scholar. Rachel Rodriguez, a probation officer who was on Law Review and the Moot Court Board, also will clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court. June 2011 | Read Story

Elizabeth Warren ’76: Thoughts on Rutgers Law and Advice to Graduates

Elizabeth Warren ’76 has been named by Time magazine one of the 100 most influential people in the world and by the National Law Journal as one of the most influential lawyers of the decade. Warren, the Rutgers School of Law–Newark 2011 Commencement Speaker, has merged a scholarly focus on bankruptcy and commercial law with public policy considerations to become a leading academic consumer advocate on banking issues. For the past eight months she has served as a special advisor to President Obama in charge of getting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – for which she has long advocated – up and running. Just as Warren can readily identify the source of her interest in bankruptcy and commercial law – the late Rutgers Professor Allan Axelrod, famous for bringing clarity and humor to subjects traditionally thought of as dry – so too can Chrystin Ondersma. A teaching assistant to Warren while at Harvard Law School, Rutgers Assistant Professor Ondersma has followed her former law professor into teaching bankruptcy and commercial law. May/June 2011 | Read Story

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Student Publishing Initiative Takes Off Under Direction of Nicole Barna ’11

Thinking about the amount of student writing that is done in law school and how little of it is published, Nicole Barna (center in photo) decided to find a way to help her classmates at Rutgers School of Law–Newark extend the life of their scholarship. With strong support from Dean John Farmer and Associate Dean John Leubsdorf, the Student Publishing Initiative which Barna founded recruited volunteers for a peer and faculty editing review process, obtained access to an online submission service for legal scholars, and organized meetings to show students how best to submit their work. In just a short period of time, four students had articles accepted for publication in outside legal journals. The success of the endeavor is “one more indication of our students’ ability and motivation,” says Leubsdorf. May 2011  | Read Story

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IP Practice a Natural Career Extension for Cicero Brabham ’11

Cicero H. Brabham Jr. was the kind of kid who, after playing with a toy for a while, took it apart to see how it worked. And Ms. Gully was the kind of high school teacher who, when Brabham’s fascination with how things worked had moved on to electronics, recognized his programming aptitude and encouraged him to apply to college – not a regular practice in his tough neighborhood. Degrees in computer science not only took Brabham out of Brooklyn but launched a two-decade career in technology development and management on three continents. Rutgers School of Law–Newark was a clear-cut first choice when he decided to pursue a J.D. – for the diversity he had come to appreciate in his travels and the opportunity to work on IP matters in the Community Law Clinic. Now the father of four is ready to combine his new legal knowledge and skills with his IT and business experience to protect the intellectual property rights of innovators like those who captured his youthful imagination. April 2011 | Read Story

Professor Karima Bennoune – Giving Voice to International Human Rights Advocates

The impetus to engage, understand, and give voice to the ordinary citizens as well as organized activists who struggle against government repression and religious extremism is what motivates Rutgers School of Law–Newark Professor Karima Bennoune in her legal scholarship and advocacy. Her research and human rights field missions have taken her to North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, informing both her widely-cited writing and teaching of public international law, terrorism and international law, international women’s human rights, and international protection of human rights. Just back from observing Algeria’s pro-democracy protests, Bennoune spoke in her Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Lecture of the need for “a more courageous politics” in the struggle against fundamentalism and for democracy and social justice. March 2011 | Read Story

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Glen Cheng ’11 About to Complete J.D./M.D. Program

In a little more than seven years, Glen Cheng has spent a semester at one of Japan’s top universities and another semester at Oxford; graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology from a B.S./M.D. program; received his Doctor of Medicine degree and license to practice medicine in the State of New York; and satisfied most of the requirements for his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Although the study of medicine and law have occupied a good deal of his waking hours, he has not ignored other interests, including philosophy and, more specifically, the philosophy of art. In a winning entry to a writing competition sponsored by the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, Cheng suggests a solution to the difficulty that many creators of modern art have in copyrighting their work. February/March 2011 | Read Story

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Symposium Considers “9/11 and the Law, 10 Years After”

The attacks on 9/11, and the nation’s response to them, have challenged both the structure and the substance of the law governing national security. For its 2011 annual symposium on February 3 and 4, the Rutgers Law Review has brought together a top-notch group of experts to consider the unsettled foundations and uncertain outcomes of the struggle against transnational terrorism and suggest the way toward a rule of law adapted to the new reality. “The upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 was certainly one impetus for selecting this topic,” says Sean Mullen ’11, Law Review editor-in-chief, “but we were also excited to have the chance to work with Dean John Farmer and draw on his expertise in the field of national security law. With his help, we have assembled a group of speakers and panelists who represent all sides of the national security debates our country has engaged in over the last decade.” Speakers include military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism, academics who specialize in national security law, and several current and former members of the federal and state government who have grappled with national security issues. February 2011 | Read Story

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Kyle Smiddie ’11 – Headed for USDOJ Honors Program

Raised to believe that what a person does for, and with, others who are less fortunate is the measure of that person’s worth, Kyle Smiddie decided that a joint J.D./M.S.W. program would best equip him to advocate for the poor and powerless – a population he knew well from his childhood in rural Appalachia. Learning about the Rutgers School of Law–Newark commitment to serve students “who were not simply the fortunate ones” sealed his decision to apply to Rutgers. “I knew this was the environment where I wanted to come to learn about justice.” In May Smiddie will receive his J.D. from the law school and his M.S.W. from the Rutgers School of Social Work. It’s then on to Washington, DC and a job with the U.S. Department of Justice’s prestigious Honors Program where the opportunity to learn to litigate “from the inside” on behalf of vulnerable populations fulfills a long-held dream. January/February 2011 | Read Story

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Lois Whitman ’76 – A Pioneering Advocate for Children Around the World

As founder and director of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, Lois Whitman has seen first-hand some of the most horrific abuses of fundamental human rights to which children around the world are subjected. From child soldiers to HIV/AIDS to refugees and migrants, the exploitation and neglect are daunting. But Whitman didn’t decide, after years as a social worker, to come to Rutgers School of Law–Newark to feel powerless in the face of disturbing challenges. She became a lawyer to make a difference in the lives of the indigent and those without access to justice and, in leading the investigative and advocacy work of the Children’s Rights Division, she has helped improve the conditions of children around the world. She has also, in her generous support of the law school’s LRAP, helped other Rutgers graduates pursue a commitment to public service. December 2010/January 2011  | Read Story

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Professor Gary Francione – How True Animal Rights Diverge From Animal Protection

“Animal welfare laws ensure the economically efficient use of animal property and not much more,” says Rutgers School of Law–Newark Professor Gary Francione. He has little patience for welfarists whose focus on reducing suffering, he argues, only perpetuates the fundamental immorality of animal use. The abolitionist approach to animal rights that Francione developed requires an end to the property status of all sentient non-humans and a recognition of animals as legal persons. In his latest book The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?, he states that ethical veganism – the rejection of all animal products – and not laws that increase animal protection nor violence is the way to achieve the abolitionists’ goals. Francione sees a vegan world as both possible and necessary. A vegan for almost three decades and a professor of animal rights law for more than 25 years, he’s optimistic about recent changes in social thinking about animal ethics. November/December 2010 | Read Story

Three Outstanding Alums, Three Different Paths to Distinction

The graduates honored by the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association at its 2010 Annual Recognition Dinner “remind us of what Rutgers Law School has been, and point us toward what it can become,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. Hon. Patricia K. Costello ’78, distinguished for her service on the bench, is also a teacher of judges and court staff and a mentor to young lawyers and law students. Hon. Oliver B. Quinn ’75, who continues his close relationship with Rutgers as a member of the MSP Legacy Alumni Campaign Committee, has provided leadership in a wide range of public, private and academic positions. William S. Greenberg ’67, a top litigator and retired Brigadier General, has led efforts to help New Jersey’s military reservists obtain the services and benefits to which they are entitled. Recognizing current excellence, the Alumni Association also awarded special scholarships to Natalae Anderson ’11 and Brett Pugach ’11. October/November 2010 | Read Story

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Buy a T-shirt in New SBA Store and Help Support Student Programs

A year ago the Student Bar Association (SBA) decided that selling merchandise with the Rutgers School of Law–Newark logo could accomplish two goals: give students and alums a way to flaunt pride in their school and raise money for the ever more ambitious programming of student groups. Done right, the venture could become a fixture in the life of the school. This year’s SBA took that nascent idea for an online store, developed a business plan, polled students to find a catchy name, and held a splashy opening – with ribbon-cutting by Jorge Estrada ’10 (left) and Robert Colby (’11) – for an actual store in the school to complement its online presence. One hundred percent of the profits from sales of mugs, hoodies, T-shirts and other merchandise goes to support student-sponsored symposia, panel discussions, and similar events. More items from law student groups will be added soon. October 2010 | Read Story

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Professor Carlos Ball – Advancing the National Conversation About LGBT Rights

In his new book, Professor Carlos Ball describes the background, history, and impact of pivotal litigation that has transformed the treatment and understanding of LGBT people. From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation has been praised for its legal scholarship as well as its moving narrative of the plaintiffs, their lawyers, and members of the community who, Ball writes, “have helped to make LGBT people visible by forcing society to grapple with both their existence and their aspirations.” His forthcoming book, on the legal challenges to LGBT parenting, will similarly focus on the individuals behind the case law. Ball, a former public defender, relishes the interactive experience of the law school classroom. “What I enjoy the most about teaching is that it encourages me to learn.” September/October 2010  | Read Story

Award-winning Street Law Program Expands with Summer Academy

Street Law was established at the law school in 2006 by two students looking to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged young people. Since then Rutgers School of Law–Newark students have taught classes about legal rights and responsibilities to more than 1,700 teenagers in a dozen area schools and youth organizations. Under the leadership of director Alycia M. Guichard, Street Law has expanded far beyond its original scope, most recently with a summer academy for academically-promising Newark 10th graders. A former foster child, Guichard is passionate about finding ways to engage law students and local professionals in providing educational and mentoring resources for inner-city teens. The comment of one summer academy graduate shows her success: “This program saved me and helped me know what to do to be successful in life.” September 2010 | Read Story

Rutgers Students Find Summer Positions Challenging and Rewarding

Summer 2010 jobs for Rutgers School of Law–Newark students reflect the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, talents, and career goals of the students themselves. Each year our students are offered positions with members of the bench, private law firms, government offices, NGOs, and public interest organizations in the tri-state area, across the country, and around the world. Many who accept unpaid public interest/public service jobs receive support from a Rutgers Public Interest Law Foundation grant. Students come back to campus each August informed and invigorated by new legal and personal experiences. Some have developed a new interest in a specific practice area while others, such as Eliza Nagel ’11 (shown here at the United Nations), return with a renewed commitment to what brought them to law school in the first place. August 2010 | Read Story

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Phil Nostrand ’11 & Community Law Clinic Help Noted Musician Reclaim Song Rights

When Philip Nostrand ’11 first met Frank Foster, he was a freshman ROTC scholarship student at Rutgers’ Cook College and Foster taught in the jazz program on the nearby Rutgers Livingston College campus. Nostrand joined the Jazz Ensemble and has fond memories of Foster’s encouraging instructions to the sax section and, even better, his horn solos during student rehearsals. Three decades later, Nostrand and the Community Law Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark have helped Foster begin the process of terminating the copyright with the music publisher holding the rights to “Shiny Stockings.” The composer of one of the Count Basie band’s most famous tunes may finally benefit from the royalties to the song that he wrote for the Basie band in 1955. July/August 2010 | Read Story

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Centennial History Describes Distinctive Mission & Impact of Rutgers Law School

The results of what began as a suggestion by Professor Paul Tractenberg about how to commemorate the first 100 years of Rutgers School of Law–Newark have been captured in the new book, A Centennial History of Rutgers Law School in Newark: Opening a Thousand Doors. Writing with affection and candor informed by his four decades on the faculty, Tractenberg sketches the school’s crises, transformations and triumphs from its opening in 1908 as the New Jersey Law School through the present day. Many of the conclusions he draws about the achievements of the past century and the challenges that lay ahead for Rutgers Law School will likely be of interest to others with a stake in the future of public legal education. July 2010 | Read Story

Garrett Parks ’10 – West-Coaster Bound for Alaska

A native of the Pacific Northwest who spent his college summers on a commercial fishing boat in Bristol Bay, Garrett C. Parks is back in Alaska, studying for the state’s bar exam, contemplating an eventual focus on maritime and admiralty law, and dreaming of sports fishing in the waters around Anchorage. He was drawn to Rutgers School of Law–Newark by its challenging environment, and took advantage of opportunities to hone a new interest in dispute resolution. That interest, advanced by excellent coaching, took Parks and a classmate to the elimination round of the ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris. The ABA’s Student Lawyer has published his opinion article on ways in which new lawyers can get mediation experience. June 2010 | Read Story

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Kim Banks MacKay ’95 – Motivated to Give Back

“Focus on what motivates you.” That’s what Kimberly Banks MacKay ’95 tells law students and young practitioners who ask her advice on planning a career that is successful and fulfilling. As Executive Director and Senior Pharmaceuticals Counsel for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, she has a job that integrates the three things that fascinate her most – medicine (she was originally a pre-med major at Princeton), business, and the law. As one of the leaders of the Minority Student Program Legacy Alumni Campaign, she is focused on another passion – increasing the MSP endowment fund and expanding the involvement of alums in programs and activities for current students. The program shaped her career and she wants to make sure that the opportunities she was afforded are there for future students. May/June 2010 | Read Story

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Frank and Marilyn Askin Give Generously to Endow Clinical Legal Education Fund

No name is as closely associated today with the clinical program at Rutgers School of Law–Newark than Askin. Professor Frank Askin ’66 has headed up the Constitutional Litigation Clinic since its founding in 1970 and has been integral to the success and influence of the entire clinical program. The commitment to access to justice exemplified by the clinics has been as essential to the life and career of Marilyn Askin ’70, Chief Legislative Advocate for AARP-NJ and long-time adjunct professor at the law school, as it has been to her husband. Now, with their gift of more than $115,000 to establish the Frank and Marilyn Askin Endowed Fund for Clinical Legal Education, the name will continue to resonate with future Rutgers students who take part in the hands-on learning and the opportunity to serve the underrepresented for which the legal clinics are nationally recognized. May 2010 | Read Story

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An Arts-Related Law Career Is a Natural for David Gold ’10

A law degree is not what most people would associate with the phrase “artistic necessities.” Talent, hard work, even private lessons and a good headshot – but a J.D.? As the son of a musician, an orchestra musician himself, and a consultant to arts organizations, David S. Gold ’10 has learned that artistic necessities often fall far outside the world of aesthetics. One of the greatest needs, he believes, is for arts administrators who know the legal aspects of these types of entities. That realization led him to Rutgers School of Law–Newark where an Art Law Seminar that covered the legal issues surrounding the repatriation of works displaced during the Holocaust became the topic he explored in the winning paper for the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. May 2010 | Read Story

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Jewel M. Watson ’10 – Preparing to be a Force for Change

Taped to a college professor’s office door, the aphorism counseled that more than academic achievement is needed to make an education worthwhile. Jewel Watson, already aware of the doors that intellectual promise can open, eagerly accepted the advice to hone her talents outside of the classroom. As an undergraduate at Syracuse University, she participated in extracurricular activities that would extend the lessons of her political science and public policy studies. At Rutgers School of Law–Newark, from which she will receive her J.D. in May, Watson has made the most of opportunities to experience different areas of legal practice, enhance her leadership skills, and understand the intricacies of public policy. Watson’s goal: to be a force for change in her community. April 2010 | Read Story

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Register Now for Summer Courses at Rutgers Law School

Registration is underway for the Summer Session at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Consider signing up for one of our courses if you’re a student at Rutgers or at another ABA-accredited law school looking to earn credits towards graduation – or a practicing attorney needing an edge in today’s challenging legal marketplace. The classes are affordably priced and cover a range of practice areas and skills, and the professors are recognized experts in the topics. New Jersey Practice, for example, is taught by a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee, and the Intensive Trial Advocacy skills program is led by the founding director of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute. April 2010 | Read Story

Professor Paul Tractenberg – Busier Than Ever After 40 Years

Since he joined the Rutgers School of Law–Newark faculty in 1970, Professor Paul Tractenberg has taught and mentored thousands of students; helped introduce interdisciplinary scholarship to the law school; co-directed well-respected initiatives on advancing education quality; been a key participant in landmark litigation; written and lectured extensively; consulted for national, regional, and state organizations and agencies; and, in his spare time, pursued a passion for long-distance bicycling. Time to take it easy? Not a chance. With two books nearing publication and a new education research collaboration about to launch, the septuagenarian scholar is busier than ever. March 2010 | Read Story

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200, 200. Do I hear 225? 225. Do I hear 250? 250. SOLD at $250!

Bid calling will be heard throughout the evening on Thursday, March 11, as the Public Interest Law Foundation holds its annual auction. The event is the main source of funding for Rutgers School of Law–Newark students who spend their summer in unpaid public service jobs. PILF grant recipients, whether working as locally as Newark and Trenton or as far away as India and Cambodia, gain important legal experience while making a difference in the lives of their sponsoring organizations’ clients. The auction always attracts a lively crowd of students, faculty, staff, and alumni who come out to bid, have dinner, and support public-interested committed students. Deans and Professors run the bidding and donate their valuable time for many of the auction items. PILF welcomes creative donations (until March 7) as well as monetary contributions (no deadline). The Silent Auction will begin at 5:30 pm and Dean John Farmer will open the Live Auction at 7:30 pm. March 2010 | Read Story

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Professor Mark Weiner on Life in Iceland as a Fulbright Scholar

Mark S. Weiner, Professor of Law and Sidney I. Reitman Scholar, spent the fall 2009 semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Akureyi in Iceland, where he taught U.S. constitutional law and studied the country’s medieval clans, or kinship groups, and their relation to the growth of modern Icelandic law and society. What he learned about the role of kinship in early Iceland shed light on efforts to develop the rule of law in current clan-based regions of the world, including those that nurture international terrorism. The Fulbright experience, says Weiner, “has fundamentally transformed my thinking about legal history and constitutional law in ways I hope to bring back with me when I return to Rutgers School of Law–Newark.” Weiner, who is working on a new book about the legal and cultural significance of clans, discussed kinship and the law in his February 23 Chancellor’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture. February 2010 | Read Story

Camelia Valdes ’96, Passaic County Prosecutor

Camelia M. Valdes was drawn to criminal justice at an early age. Born in the Bronx, New York, and raised in Newark, New Jersey, she experienced the ravages of crime in those communities and resolved to make a meaningful contribution to advancing the law and public safety. After earning a degree in sociology and criminal justice, she chose Rutgers School of Law–Newark because of its strong tradition and record of public advocacy. Valdes, who has dedicated her professional career to government service, made history when in June 2009 she became the first Latina county prosecutor in New Jersey, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States. Her advice to law students? “Reflect on your individual passion and then seek work experiences that reflect that passion. Work then will not be work but instead will become your life mission.” February 2010 | Read Story

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Former Public Advocate Ronald Chen Returns to Rutgers as Vice Dean

Ronald K. Chen ’83, who as New Jersey Public Advocate led the rebuilding of an executive branch agency charged with providing “a voice to the voiceless,” has returned to Rutgers School of Law–Newark as Vice Dean. It is in effect a homecoming for Chen, who joined the faculty in 1987 and was appointed Associate Dean in 1995. Since leaving for Trenton in early 2006, he continued to teach as an adjunct professor at Rutgers, which he fondly described at his ceremonial swearing in as the place “which taught me the majesty of the law as a student for three years, and which then continued to teach me even as I have endeavored to teach others for the past 18 years.” As Vice Dean, in addition to administrative responsibilities, Chen will continue to advocate for the use of the law as a positive tool for social justice. January/February 2010 | Read Story

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Professor Vera Bergelson Explores Questions of Law and Morality

Consensual physical harm, victim provocation, and self-defense are among the thorniest issues in criminal law and social science. In her scholarship and teaching, Professor Vera Bergelson considers how criminal law should view the kind of behavior that does not fall into a neatly divided world of “good guys” and “bad guys.” Her book Victims’ Rights and Victims’ Wrongs, which one reviewer described as “a work of breathtaking intellectual courage and honesty,” suggests reforming criminal law to recognize that victims sometimes share responsibility for their losses or injuries. Her popular seminar on Moral Puzzles of Criminal Law draws from cases as well as news stories to explore such legal and moral questions as how the law should treat a person who did the right thing but for a wrong reason. January 2010 | Read Story

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After a Tour of Iraq, Omar Minott ’11 Returns to Law School

Omar T. Minott ’11 spent the 2008 holidays at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq, with the “ton of letters and comfort items” sent by his Rutgers School of Law–Newark classmates bringing much-appreciated joy to his war zone posting. The Army infantry officer had travelled to Iraq with the New Jersey National Guard after his first year of law school for what was his second deployment to the country. Minott returned from Iraq last summer and resumed his J.D. studies as well as his pursuit of a masters of public administration at Rutgers–Newark. Enjoying this holiday season home in New Jersey, the student veteran reflects on his military and academic experiences as invaluable training for a career in government service. December 2009/January 2010 | Read Story

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Online Student Journal Kindles Timely Scholarly Discussions

The Rutgers Law Record is the first general-interest law journal to be published entirely online. While other law journals use the Internet to circulate their articles, they generally either post previously published material or publish articles within a specific area. The online format facilitates access to source materials, encourages reader discussion, and takes advantage of social networking websites. Says editor-in-chief Sarah Nuffer ’10: “We are excited to see all that can be done with this new format, and look forward to adding a new forum to legal scholarship.” December 2009 | Read Story

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Osato Chitou ’10 – Ready for the Next Step on Her Journey

Osato F. Chitou thinks about her Nigerian childhood, her undergraduate studies in anthropology, her social work with HIV/AIDS individuals in rural North Carolina, her Master’s of Public Health practicum in Ghana, and her desire to impact public health policy for the disadvantaged and concludes, “It has been such a fascinating journey and to finally end here at Rutgers seems so right.” A member of the Class of 2010 and a new Alumni Association Scholarship recipient, Chitou counts the friendships she has made and the leadership positions she has held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark as among her most important experiences. November 2009 | Read Story

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Winter Session at Rutgers Law School

Law students who want to use their winter break to earn credits toward graduation and graduates seeking an edge in today’s difficult legal marketplace can find what they’re looking for at the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Winter Session. For the first time, the law school is offering one-week classes in Intensive Trial Advocacy and New Jersey Practice to law school graduates and to students who have completed the first-year program or its equivalent at an ABA-accredited law school. Each of these two-credit classes will be taught by recognized experts in the topic. The classes will run from Monday, January 4th, through Friday, January 8th. Registration closes November 30th. November 2009 | Read Story

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Making a Difference – Thanks to Rutgers Law School

The commitment instilled by Rutgers School of Law–Newark to the use of the law as a positive tool for social justice was praised by the honorees at the Alumni Association Annual Recognition Dinner. The event attracted more than 400 registrants to celebrate the professional and civic accomplishments of the Honorable Ronald K. Chen ’83, Public Advocate of New Jersey; Ann Berger Lesk ’77, partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Neil M. Mullin ’79, principal in Smith Mullin, P.C.; and Nancy Erika Smith ’80, principal in Smith Mullin, P.C. In welcoming remarks, Dean John Farmer spoke of the commitment of the school’s graduates, reflected in the careers of the four honorees, “to make an impact on the world of New Jersey, the world of New York, and the larger world of our country.” October 2009  | Read Story

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Florence Sinofsky ’10 Makes the Most of Life’s Surprises

Florence Sinofsky was 10 years old when her father, an engineer, was transferred from France to Florida. The assignment was only for one year but the experience left an indelible impression. Within a few years she decided that, uneasy about some of the attitudes and behavior of her native country, she would return to the U.S. once she completed her studies. She crossed the Atlantic after receiving her M.B.A. from one of France’s most prestigious business schools and spent more than 20 years in increasingly responsible marketing and new business development positions. A chance visit to a French notary planted the idea of a career change. Disproving the naysayers who said raising four children and attending law school couldn’t be done, Sinofsky is looking forward to her May graduation and a new career in corporate law. October 2009 | Read Story

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Miguel A. Pozo ’98 – Accomplishments Bring New Honors to Top Litigator

This summer, Miguel Alexander Pozo ’98, a partner with Roseland-based Lowenstein Sandler PC and a top business litigator, was twice recognized for his accomplishments and contributions to the state’s business, legal, and local communities. In July he was named to the NJBIZ “Forty Under 40” list and in August, the New Jersey Law Journal included him on its “40 Under 40” list. His practice ranges from Fortune 500 corporations to companies of all sizes to non-profit organizations. A first-generation college graduate and a passionate advocate for diversity in the legal profession, he credits much of his career success to the Rutgers Minority Student Program and to mentors both within and outside of the legal profession. September 2009 | Read Story

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My Summer Bar Studies, Internship . . . and “Bye Bye Birdie” Practice

Four Rutgers students and two Class of 2009 graduates will be on the stage and in the orchestra when the New Jersey Law Journal stages the Tony Award-winning musical Bye Bye Birdie at NJPAC to benefit the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Preparing for the September 16 performance has meant a summer of juggling intense bar studies, internships, and other responsibilities with memorizing the show’s book and lyrics, unpacking and tuning up instruments, learning dance steps, and treating blistered toes. But for Richard Pearson ’10, Daniel Brintz ’09, Jeffrey Stephens ’09, David Gold ’10, Justin Schwam ’11, and Nicole Barna ’11, the opportunity to return to a passion for performing each has had since childhood and to support the work of NJVLA has made it all worthwhile. September 2009 | Read Story

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Clinical Program – Latest Challenges & Successes

As part of the Centennial commemoration, the law school held a conference to celebrate the notable success and national influence of its 40-year-old clinical program. Dean John J. Farmer, Jr., commenting for the Fall 2009 issue of the program’s Clinic News, observes, “Long before it became the fashion, this law school demonstrated, with its commitment to clinical teaching and scholarship, that clinics can provide an essential bridge between legal theory and practice, while simultaneously advancing the law school’s obligation to serve the cause of justice on behalf of the larger community.” Clinic News recaps some of the most recent activities and achievements of students and faculty in the program. August 2009 | Read Story

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Adam Axel ’11 – Summer Job Reaffirms Passion for Public Interest Law

Four summers ago, leafing through a magazine during a cross-country road trip, Adam Axel ’11 came across some poems written by a Texas death row inmate. The case of Kenneth Foster caught his attention and soon he had a major role in a campaign to save the inmate’s life. The success of that effort, policy work on wrongful convictions, as well as volunteer experiences in New Orleans and Ghana shaped an interest in public service and put him on the path to Rutgers School of Law–Newark. This summer, thanks to an Alumni Association grant, he is working with the Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners. August 2009 | Read Story

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Professor Alan Hyde – Influential Scholar and Teacher

Alan Hyde is a labor and employment law scholar of worldwide stature who also enjoys a notable reputation for his work in jurisprudence and legal theory. A member of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark faculty since 1978, he values the “maturity, diversity, and courage of Rutgers students.” Outside of his academic pursuits, Professor Hyde finds great satisfaction in writing amicus briefs for employee rights organizations. “Nothing is more exciting,” he says, “than helping working people see that they can help take charge of their own working lives.” His interest in labor and employment law? He traces that to law school summer jobs in which he worked with dissident caucuses inside the United Steelworkers union. And his reputation for creative, original scholarship? “I get interested in questions that seem to me big and important but that nobody knows the answer to, or really has a good idea how to research.” July 2009 | Read Story

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Donita Judge ’03, Recognized ‘Change Maker’

In her high school yearbook, Donita Judge was very clear about her goal: to become a lawyer. It would take more than two decades to realize that goal. While continuing her 25-year career as a flight attendant, Judge earned her bachelor’s degree, graduating with highest honors, and then a J.D., serving as a Kinoy/Stavis Fellow and receiving the Judge J. Skelly Wright Prize for outstanding contributions to civil rights, civil liberties, and human affairs. Since 2004, she has been a member of Advancement Project’s Power and Democracy team and is the national organization’s state lead attorney covering Ohio. For her voter protection work, Judge received the 2009 Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey Public Section Change Maker Award. July 2009 | Read Story

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Randle DeFalco ’09, Fulbright Fellow

Randle DeFalco has long had an interest in public interest law and, in particular, in public international law and human rights. Thanks to a Rutgers PILF grant, he spent summer 2008 in Phnom Penh as a legal associate for the Documentation Center of Cambodia. DC-Cam interviews of survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime revealed that for many, the memories of starvation are the most haunting and persistent. A common question from survivors was whether the tribunal established to try Khmer Rouge leaders will prosecute anyone for the widespread starvation that the regime caused. Now, with a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue potentially ground-breaking research in international human rights law, DeFalco is headed back to Cambodia to study how enforced starvation could be prosecuted as an international crime both generally and at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. June 2009  | Read Story

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Hon. Freda L. Wolfson ’79, Commencement Speaker

Freda Wolfson wanted to be part of the United States legal system for as long as she can remember. A first-generation American, daughter of Holocaust survivors, she inherited a respect for the law and our system of justice born of her family’s harrowing years in war-torn Europe. She also inherited her parents’ zest for work and firm belief in the value of education. In a remarkable achievement, she was sworn in as a Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in New Jersey less than seven years after graduating from Rutgers Law School. In addition to her many professional achievements, Judge Wolfson, a member of the first law school class in the country in which approximately one half of the students were women, is equally proud of her success in balancing a demanding legal career with a strong family life. June 2009  | Read Story

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Kelly Anne Targett, Class of 2009

In nominating Kelly Anne Targett to deliver the student commencement address, members of the graduating class cited her many achievements – top grades, clerkship on the New Jersey Supreme Court, member of Law Review and Moot Court, first place oralist in the appellate advocacy competition, semi-finalist with the appellate nationals team, summer associate position with an international law firm, Minority Student Program facilitator, Legal Research & Writing teaching assistant – all while working full time and attending law school as an evening student. What likely clinched the speaker honor, however, weren’t the academic and extracurricular honors. Rather, as one student wrote, “Most importantly, Kelly is a great friend who goes above and beyond as a classmate. I cannot think of a more well-rounded student nor one better suited to speak to and on behalf of all of us at graduation.” May 2009 | Read Story

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Board of Governors Professor George C. Thomas III

In the resolution naming George Thomas a Board of Governors Professor of Law, the Rutgers University governing body noted that Thomas is acclaimed by internationally distinguished experts for his broadly-based work in a number of important areas of criminal procedure, including the concept of double jeopardy, and on Miranda and confessions, as well as for his far-reaching impact on rising generations of legal scholars through his textbook, Criminal Procedure, Policies and Perspectives, one of the most widely used books on the topic. In his writing and in the classroom, Thomas is also an engaging story teller, which his students acknowledge by regularly electing him faculty commencement speaker. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 1986, he practiced law in Tennessee and was a member of the University of Tennessee faculty. May 2009 | Read Story

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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

Summer Courses at Rutgers Law School

Not a Rutgers–Newark law student? Not a problem. Our summer session is open to students from all ABA-accredited law schools. The session offers a variety of upper-level courses for law students who have completed the first-year program or its equivalent. Depending on your interests, you can, for example, gain an in-depth understanding of New York civil practice law; become familiar with the procedural issues confronting U.S. lawyers who practice international law; or learn how to help the families of children with disabilities successfully navigate New Jersey’s public education system. If you think you did not get everything you should have out of your Contracts class, you might consider taking Advanced Contracts; or if you’re looking to practice in the entertainment industry, you might want to study Entertainment Law & Business. Classes are held in the evening so students can experience clerkship, internship, and other summer employment opportunities in the New York metropolitan area while still earning credit toward graduation. April 2009 | Read Story

40 Years of Clinical Legal Education: Honoring Arthur Kinoy & Frank Askin

“How will you respond when your call comes? What will your contribution be?” That’s a question Arthur Kinoy (left with Professor Frank Askin in 2002) often asked in his classes and one that inspired generations of students to careers in public interest law. Kinoy, who died in 2003, joined the Rutgers faculty in 1964. One of his first students was Frank Askin, who came to Rutgers expecting to return to a career in journalism. In his second year, however, as Kinoy argued and won the landmark civil rights case of Dombrowski v. Pfister, Askin saw what legal advocacy could accomplish. He began to think, “Maybe I would become a practicing lawyer after all – a public interest lawyer – or, as Professor Kinoy liked to call it, ‘a people’s lawyer’.” Askin received his J.D., joined the faculty, and for four decades has championed Kinoy's vision of training students to use the law to create a better society. “The Legacy of Arthur Kinoy and the Inspirational and Collaborative Dimensions of Clinical Legal Education: Honoring 40 Years of Clinics at Rutgers–Newark” on April 3 will celebrate both men and their indelible contributions to clinical legal education. March 2009 | Read Story

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Women and the Law: A Celebration

It was as a member of our faculty from 1963 to 1972 that Ruth Bader Ginsburg first began to develop into a leading women’s rights scholar and advocate. On February 13, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg will return to the law school as the keynote speaker for “Rutgers School of Law-Newark Celebrates Women Reshaping American Law.” The symposium also will feature Fred Strebeigh, author of Equal: Women Reshape American Law (2009), and more than a dozen women, several with ties to Rutgers, who have been pioneers in addressing gender discrimination in the legal system and the profession. The all-day symposium, organized by Associate Professor Suzanne Kim, is one of a series of events celebrating the school’s Centennial and its enduring commitment to teaching, scholarship, service, and opportunity. February 2009  | Read Story