Professor Simmons earned his A.B. and LL.B. from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was associate editor of the California Law Review. Following graduation, he was an Alvord Law Fellow at the University of Wisconsin.
Professor Simmons joined the Rutgers faculty as Dean in 1975 and served in that capacity until 1993, when he was named a University Professor. Professor Simmons has taught at Ohio State, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Illinois, Case Western Reserve, and the University of California. He has been a member of the New Jersey Law Revision Commission, the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Bar Examination, the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Committee on Legal Education, and the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Task Force on Minority Concerns. He has also been a trustee of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and a Justice of the Peace. Currently, he teaches in the urban planning program in New Brunswick as well as at the law school, and he is the school’s elected faculty representative to the University Senate.