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Professor Louis Raveson discussed the impression made by criminal defense attorney Paul Bergrin, who represented himself in a murder trial that resulted in a hung jury, on Raveson’s trial advocacy students who attended parts of the trial. (Star-Ledger, 12/4/11)

Clinical Professor Penny Venetis was interviewed about the Constitutional Litigation Clinic’s new report on military recruiting practices at New Jersey public high schools. (Star-Ledger, 12/1/11)

The Cybersecurity Law Project, a partnership between the law school, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s office and Seton Hall Law School, is intended to strengthen the skills of lawyers working in the area of cyber-related cases. (Homeland Security Today, 11/30/11)

Professor George Thomas was interviewed about a case that the U.S. Supreme Court had decided to hear involving the mistrial because of a hung jury involving an Arkansas man charged with capital murder. (Associated Press, 11/25/11) 

Professor Stuart Green
was interviewed about former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s decision to submit to a media interview about the sex abuse charges against him. (Reuters, 11/15/11)

Associate Professor Steve Gold
, speaking on a panel titled “Newark's Industrial Legacy” about removing dioxin from the Passaic River, said: “The public needs to be involved in that decision-making.” (Star-Ledger, 11/4/11)

“She convinced me that teaching bankruptcy was a way to make a difference,” said Assistant Professor Chrystin Ondersma about Elizabeth Warren ’76, her Harvard Law professor and current Massachusetts Senate candidate. (Boston Herald, 10/30/11)

The case of a programming error in a Cumberland County voting machine reinforced the argument Clinical Professor Penny Venetis has been making since 2004 regarding the need for a paper backup when using electronic voting machines. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/28/11)

Professor Frank Askin expressed skepticism about the possibility of the State Legislature passing a constitutional amendment to require state judges to contribute more to their health care and pensions. (njspotlight.com, 10/26/11)

Professor Gary Francione’s animal rights legal scholarship was cited in an article about a PETA lawsuit seeking application of the 13th amendment’s ban on slavery to orcas at SeaWorld parks. (Associated Press, 10/25/11) 

Canadian television interviewed Adjunct Professor Abed Awad about Libya’s declaration that Shari’a law would be the basis of the country’s legal system. (CBC-TV, 10/24/11) He was also interviewed by CNN on the topic of Shari'a law. (CNN, 10/26/11)

For an article about teachers on Facebook, Professor Paul Tractenberg wrote: “If teachers interact with parents and students via social media, and they stray off the straight and narrow, they may be buying sigificant problems. It’s complicated, though, because teachers can use those media to help students and parents – as well as to offend or harass them.” (Star-Ledger, 10/18/11)

Associate Dean Andrew Rossner commented on how the State may view a conversation with a cleric or spiritual adviser as privileged communication. (Star-Ledger, 10/18/11)

“Most of the country now votes with voter verified paper ballots,” said Clinical Professor Penny Venetis. “We’re hoping the judges will say enough is enough.” Venetis was commenting on the appeal brief she filed on Oct. 12 in the Constitution Litigation Clinic’s suit challenging the use of electronic voting machines that do not produce an auditable paper trail. (Trenton Times, 10/14/11)

Seventeen law students from Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden are helping the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission, which is headed by Dean John Farmer, the Commission’s independent tie-breaker. (njspotlight.com, 10/12/11)

The cover story in the October 2011 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel is an interview with Dean John Farmer and Rutgers Law Review editor-in-chief Andrew Gimigliano about the journal’s publication of the 9/11 audio monograph

The Hall Institute for Public Policy–NJ conducted a lengthy interview with Clinical Professor Jennifer Rosen Valverde about special education law and issues in New Jersey.

The legal dispute over whether New Jersey residency requirements should render Olympian Carl Lewis ineligible to run for a seat in the New Jersey Senate is “a close, hard case that raises a lot of questions,” said Professor Frank Askin. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 9/16/11)

Asked to comment on a class-action lawsuit accusing A&P executives of fraud, Professor John Leubsdorf said that corporate fraud class-action suits are usually settled, rather than going to trial, because they are difficult to prove. (Record, 9/13/11)

Professor George Thomas, on arrests for removing flood-damaged belongings left curbside, said, “If I believe that the item has been abandoned, then my taking it cannot be theft.” (Star-Ledger, 9/13/11)

Dean John Farmer was interviewed for the article “Sept. 11, 2011: An anniversary dissected in the media unlike any other.” (Washington Post, 9/13/11)

The September 7 New York Times article on the Rutgers Law Review publication of previously unpublished audio from the 9/11 attacks captured the attention of print and broadcast media from around the world. Click here for a small selection of media mentions.

Speaking about the NJ Congressional redistricting commission which he chairs, Dean John Farmer said: “The optimum outcome is a map that is fair and balances all the different interests in New Jersey.” (Associated Press, 9/6/11) The commission’s first meeting was also covered by the Star-Ledger, NJ Spotlight, and Gannett.) 

“The court should retain jurisdiction over this case and order an investigation” should the court want citizens to have faith in the validity of their votes, said Clinical Professor Penny Venetis in commenting on a local election involving flawed electronic voting results. (News of Cumberland County, 9/1/11)

“Any time you have a witness who testifies for the state and implicates another party, (it’s) always a concern that the witness is making it up in order to serve his own interests,” Professor Stuart Green commented on the witness’s plea in a murder case. (Star-Ledger, 8/31/11)

Professor George Thomas said that the decision by a criminal defense lawyer about to go to trial on federal racketeering charges may in this case “be a smart move on his part.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/30/11)

As senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. concluded that the official version of how the Bush administration reacted to events on September 11 did not reflect “how things actually unfolded” that day. (Daily Beast, 8/28/11)

The New Jersey Supreme Court decision involving the use of eyewitness identification may have a ripple effect across the country, according to Professor George Thomas. (Wall Street Journal, 8/25/11)

A Vermont Supreme Court decision in a benzene exposure suit “does not break new ground on toxic tort causation doctrine, or even try to do so,” said Associate Professor Steve C. Gold. (BNA Toxics Law Reporter, 8/25/11)

Professor John Leubsdorf said there are possible grounds for the state’s challenge to an Appellate Divison’s reversal of a conviction in a sex abuse case. (Star-Ledger, 8/11/11)

Professor Paul Tractenberg commented on the the state’s continuing control of the Newark public schools. (Star-Ledger, 8/10/11)

Professor Frank Askin was interviewed about police departments’ use of cellphone signals to track the whereabouts of users. (Herald, 8/5/11)

Adjunct Professor Abed Awad in a video interview on the growing movement to restrict American judges from considering Islamic law when adjudicating cases. (New York Times, 7/30/11)

Seorim Hong ’13 talks about her summer internship at the Securities and Exchange Commission (New York Times, 7/29/11)

The Community Law Clinic’s work to help jazz saxophonist Frank Foster regain the rights to “Shiny Stockings,” his most famous composition, was noted in obituaries of the composer and musician who died on July 26. (NPR, 7/27/11)

Professor Frank Askin was interviewed about the dispute between a township and a homeowner who put up a large cross in his front yard. (WABC-TV, 7/25/11)

Vice Dean Ronald Chen said that the Appellate Court decision to require that two teenagers convicted of criminal sexual conduct register as sex offenders for life highlights the “collateral” damage of Megan’s Law. (Star-Ledger, 7/20/11)

“It’s hard to explain how bad that decision is,” said Professor George Thomas of a criminal defendant’s decision to represent himself on murder charges. (Star-Ledger, 7/18/11)

Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. has been named the 13th tiebreaking member of the Congressional redistricting commission. (Star-Ledger, 7/16/11, Roll Call, 7/22/11))

National Jurist magazine includes Rutgers School of Law–Newark in its ranking of “Best Law Schools for Standard of Living.”

Professor Stuart Green commented on the potential application of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to some alleged News Corp. activities. (Record, 7/14/11)

Professor George Thomas was interviewed about the New Jersey Appellate Court ruling that police don’t need a warrant to track a suspect with a cellphone signal. (Star-Ledger, 7/12/11)

Associate Dean Fran Bouchoux, Jarryd E. Anderson ’11, and Chris Marchesno ’10 were interviewed about the job market for law school graduates. (NJ Biz, 7/11/11)

“It’s one of the really big pots of money,” said Professor Paul Tractenberg, suggesting that the money spent on public education motivates many who seek to replace public schools with privatized schooling. (Star-Ledger, 7/11/11)

Commenting on the New Jersey Appellate Division decision that found answering the door with a marijuana cigarette did not justify a warrantless search, Professor George Thomas noted that the ruling is diametrically opposed to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decison. (Star-Ledger, 6/28/11)

“We have something called the United States Constitution,” which a New Jersey Assembly bill that would render the federal health care law “null and void” would violate, said Professor Frank Askin. (Star-Ledger, 6/22/11) The Star-Ledger editorial board agreed with Askin’s “What kind of lunacy?” reaction to the bill in its editorial “Anti-health care bill is new level of lunacy.” (6/24/11)

Commenting on developing plans for how the City of Newark may spend its $100 million gift from Facebook to improve public education, Professor Paul Tractenberg said: “It’s driven by corporate notions of how one might run an efficient system of schooling — not really by focusing professionalization of education, but rather the reverse, of de-professionalizing the schools and assuming that if you’re successful as a corporate manager, you can run a school system.” (NPR, 6/20/11)  

“We respectfully think it’s not lawful to discriminate against a U.S. citizen because of their parent’s status,” said Vice Dean Ronald Chen of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic’s lawsuit over the denial of state financial aid to a high school student. (Fox Latino News, 6/14/11)

Interviewed about a lawsuit charging employees who gave false reasons for their leaving a company with breach of a non-compete and confidentiality agreement, Professor Alan Hyde said: “When the employees have already shown that they are disohonest, it opens the door for the plaintiff’s lawyer to say it would be inadequate to enjoin them from disclosing our secrets.” (Thomson Reuters, 6/6/11)

A very favorable review in the Journal of Legal Medicine described After We Die: The Life and Times of the Human Cadaver by Emeritus Professor Norman Cantor as an important and funny book by an authoritative author. (6/11)

The Philadelphia Inquirer interviewed Vice Dean Ronald Chen and Professor Frank Askin about Anne Patterson, Gov. Chris Christie’s nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court. (5/30/11)

The Nation reported on the Constitutional Litigation Clinic’s lawsuit seeking same-day voter registration in New Jersey. (5/30/11)

The Los Angeles Times quoted from Elizabeth Warren’s convocation address. (5/27/11)

“I’d say it makes for a very fluid, unpredictable future for school law and for the court,” said Professor Paul Tractenberg of the New Jersey Supreme Court school funding decision. Professor Bernard Bell described the ruling as “a good example of judicial restraint.” (Star-Ledger, 5/25/11)

“I think this policy is probably OK,” said Professor Frank Askin of a proposal by the Ramsey Board of Education to limit school employees from speaking out about political candidates, district policies, and contract negotiations on school property when schoolchildren are present.” (Record, 5/24/11) 

Professor Paul Tractenberg commented on the possible ramifications of a decision in the case challenging the state’s reduction in public education funding in which only four of the members of the Court participate. (Star-Ledger, 5/16/11)

Dean John Farmer’s Washington Post op-ed on the arrest of a Bahrainian man encouraged by the U.S. government to fight for democracy in his country was cited in a Tucson Sentinel article. (5/10/11)

If some restrictions on civil liberties put into place after 9/11 are to occur, the courts will lead the way, said Professor Frank Askin. (Star-Ledger, 5/4/11)

“My guess is that the ‘next bin Laden,’ in the sense of a charismatic terrorist leader of a similar magnitude, has not yet emerged, and probably does not pose the greatest challenge,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. (Star-Ledger, 5/3/11)

Professor Paul Tractenberg was interviewed about Gov. Chris Christie’s statement suggesting that he might defy a possible order from the State Supreme Court to restore funding to public schools. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 4/24/11)

Senior Assistant Dean Andrew Rothman commented for a story about a lawsuit brought by a former student against Sotheby’s art school. (Thomson Reuters News & Insight, 4/20/11)

Same-day voter registration “would cure a problem that affects literally hundreds of thousands of potential voters and particularly burdens college students and other young eligible voters,” said Professor Frank Askin about the Constitutional Litigation Clinic lawsuit seeking election-day registration in New Jersey. (centralnewjersey.com, 4/20/11) 

Organizers say the Special Education Clinic’s partnership with the Vineland Y in sponsoring Healthy Kids Day made this year’s event one of the most successful ever. (Vineland Daily Journal, 4/18/11)

A comment by Professor Carlos Ball before a Congressional hearing on the Defense of Marriage Act was included in the story “Republicans Mount Defense of Anti-Gay Marriage Law.” (NPR’s Morning Edition, 4/18/11)

Emeritus Professor Norman Cantor explains how he became interested in a cadaver’s rights, the subject of his recent book, After We Die: The Life and Times of the Human Cadaver. (Star-Ledger, 4/17/11)

“We’ve demonized the tax system,” said Professor Stuart Green on the CNBC special “The American Tax Cheat.” (CNBC, 4/14/11)

At a meeting called by the Newark City Council to discuss reform efforts in the city’s schools, Professor Paul Tractenberg stated: “I think it's a very dangerous situation when private money, private organizations and private individuals put themselves at the center of what should be public decision making.” (Star-Ledger, 4/14/11)

Professor Karima Bennoune addressed the question “Is Algeria Next?” as a guest on a PRI/BBC/WBGH radio show. (The World, 4/12/11)

The burden of proof can be challenging in a copyright suit, Clinical Professor John Kettle commented for an article about an infringement suit against the creators of the documentary series “Brick City.” (Associated Press, 4/9/11) 

“Perhaps the most significant factor that explains the yawning breadth of the tax gap, however,” wrote Professor Stuart Green in the blog item “Why do People Cheat on Their Taxes?”, is that our system of enforcing the tax laws is inadequate and uneven." (CNBC.com, 4/8/11)

The Art Law Society’s program on graffiti and the legal system was covered by the Courier-Post. (4/6/11)

“Retired Rutgers Law Prof Gives Death Its Due” headlines the article about Emeritus Professor Norman Cantor’s latest book, After We Die: The Life and Times of the Human Cadaver. (ABA Journal, April 2011)

Professor George Thomas commented on the use of a duress defense in a murder trial involving a violent street gang. (Star-Ledger, 3/30/11)

“It is really a legal requirement that they do pursue what they believe is an infringement of their mark,” said Clinical Professor John Kettle for a story about a trademark dispute between two colleges that use the nickname Wolfpack. (Associated Press, 3/28/11)

Adjunct Professor Abed Awad was interviewed for an article about Sharia-compliant financing. (American Propsect, 3/25/11)

“A lack of popular belief in the possibility of change” may be one of the biggest obstacles to rallying the population to demonstrate for political changes in Algeria, wrote Professor Karima Bennoune. (the Guardian and IntLawGrrls, 3/24/11)

“The lines have never been so sharply drawn,” said Professor Paul Tractenberg of Judge Peter Doyne’s finding that the state’s sharp decrease in public school aid violated the New Jersey Constitution. (Star-Ledger, 3/23/11) He was also interviewed about the ruling by the New Jersey Law Journal (3/23/11) and was a guest on NYC radio’s Brian Lehrer Show for a segment titled “NJ Schools Supreme Court Showdown.” (3/24/11)

“If it teaches them why it oversteps boundaries and how it is harmful to other people, it will probably be more effective than prosecuting them,” said Clinical Professor Laura Cohen of a New Jersey bill that would send first-time juvenile “sexters” to an educational program instead of prosecution. (Daily Targum, 3/21/11)

The work of the Community Law Clinic in regaining the rights for composer and musician Frank Foster to his most famous composition was noted in an article about a benefit concert for the jazz legend. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 3/21/11)

Professor Stuart Deutsch is the lead-off auctioneer and Associate Director for Career Services Jessica Kitson, PILF Auction co-chairs Mia Volkening ’12 and Tim D’Arduini ’12, and 2011 PILF summer grant recipient Ione Curva ’12 discuss the significance of the annual auction. (Rutgers Today, 3/18/11) 

Speaking of unanswered questions about the funding behind a new system for evaluating Newark teachers, Professor Paul Tractenberg said: “The lack of responses are proof positive of the utter lack of transparency in this shadowy private education reform network.” (Star-Ledger, 3/17/11)

Professor John Leubsdorf was interviewed about the request by a group of law professors, including Leubsdorf and Professor Stuart Green, that Congress change ethical and recusal rules for U.S. Supreme Court justices. (Bloomberg, 3/14/11)

“The right-wing attack on American labor unions being led by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is actually Round 2 of corporate America’s campaign to destroy the labor movement,” wrote Professor Frank Askin. (Star-Ledger op-ed, 3/9/11)

Professor Karima Bennoune was a guest for “The Takeaway’s” program headlined “On 100th International Women’s Day, a Look at the Changing Middle East.” (WNYC and Public Radio International, 3/8/11)

In his op-ed “Labor's Ground Zero: Fighting for the American Dream,” Professor James Pope wrote: “Wisconsin presents Americans with a choice. We can follow Walker and the one-percenters down the road of destroying unions and collective bargaining, or we can make Wisconsin our Ground Zero in the fight to take back the American Dream for all working people, public sector and private sector alike.” (Record, 3/6/11)

Writing about the FCC v. ATT decision, Dean John Farmer stated: “If our courts continue to define corporate rights based on ultimately arbitrary judgments about whether they are, nor are not, like people, they will surely run afoul of Charles Dickens’ Mr. Bumble, who was speaking about another legal fiction in ‘Oliver Twist,’ but had it right nonetheless: “If the law supposes that, then the law is a ass.’” (Star-Ledger op-ed, 3/3/11)

Proposed legislation in Tennessee intended to ban courts from recognizing sharia law would criminalize basic religious observance by Muslims, Adjunct Professor Abed Awad pointed out. (American Prospect, 3/3/11)

Women have been very active in the recent pro-democracy protests in North Africa and the Middle East, Professor Karima Bennoune reported on the Brian Lehrer Show’s “Women in Democracy Building in the Middle East” segment. (WNYC, 3/2/11)

“The SEC hardly ever says you can’t withdraw an offering,” said Vice Dean Greg Mark of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to deny a request by a Bergen County firm to withdraw its IPO plan. (Record, 3/2/11)

Professor Paul Tractenberg was quoted about the possible impact of the Morris County executive superintendent’s refusing to approve the budget of a school district that has given its superintendent a pay raise that exceeds the state cap. (Star-Ledger, 3/2/11)

Jeffrey Chang ’12, co-founder of the National Student Genderblind Campaign, commented on the announcement by Rutgers University of a gender-neutral housing pilot program. (CNN, 3/1/11)

“In an ideal world, you would want results of the community engagement process to drive the reform proposal, not the other way around,” said Professor Paul Tractenberg about proposed changes in the Newark public school system. (Star-Ledger, 2/27/11)

In an op-ed Professor Carlos Ball wrote: “At the end of the day, treating married couples differently because of their sexual orientation raises fundamental questions of justice and fairness. Married gay couples deserve the same legal rights and benefits enjoyed by married heterosexuals. If Congress does not do the right thing by repealing DOMA, then the courts will have to step in and do it for them.” (Star-Ledger, 2/27/11)

Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. is expected to be named counsel to the soon-to-be appointed tie-breaking member of the commission working on legislative redistricting. (Star-Ledger, 2/27/10) 

Adjunct Professor Abed Awad was quoted extensively in the article “What sharia law actually means.” (salon.com, 2/26/11)

“It’s a moment of tremendous possibility and a moment of hope,” said Professor Karima Bennoune in an interview about the upheaval in several Middle East and North African countries. (My9 News, 2/25/11)

Professor Paul Tractenberg expressed concern about the secrecy surrounding private donations to the Newark public school system (Star-Ledger, (2/25/11) and said the governor does not have the authority to withhold state aid from a school district (Star-Ledger and Wall Street Journal blog, 2/23/11)

Writing from Algiers about the Feb. 19 pro-democracy demonstration, Professor Karima Bennoune quoted one protestor on the overwhelming riot police presence: “Why are we encircled, if we have our rights like they say?” (the Guardian, 2/19/11)

A landmark article (“Theories of Judging and Judge Disqualification,” 62 N.Y.U.L. Rev. 237, 1987) about the components of good judging by Professor John Leubsdorf was cited in an editorial about the lack of oral argument participation by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. (New York Times, 2/18/10)

Professor Paul Tractenberg was interviewed for articles about the legal challenge to Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts in public school funding. (Star-Ledger and Record, 2/15/11)

The NJN show “Due Process” devoted a show to the Rutgers Law Review symposium “9/11 and the Law, Ten Years After” and the issues it raised regarding balancing civil liberties and national security. (2/13 and 2/15/11)

“I hope that what happens in Algeria in the coming period will be watched carefully, notwithstanding the understandable preoccupation with events to the east in Egypt,” wrote Professor Karima Bennoune, reporting on a major demonstation in Algiers. (the Guardian, 2/12/11)

Professor Stuart Green was quoted in an article about how the legal and other issues raised by an undercover video of Planned Parenthood staff differ from those of an earlier video involving staff of ACORN. (the Atlantic, 2/10/11)

Emeritus Professor Norman Cantor is featured in the member spotlight of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics’ newsletter. (February) 

Vice Dean Ronald Chen argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court on behalf of amici ACLU-NJ that a blogger should have the same rights to protect confidential sources as a traditional journalist. (Star-Ledger, 2/8/11, New Jersey Law Journal, 2/9/11)

Clinic Fellow Nana Wilson ’07 of the Child Advocacy Clinic was honored by the Passaic County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) at its “Champions for Children” Celebration. (Record, 2/9/11) 

“The legal issues were coming at us fast and furious that day,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. in his introductory remarks to the Rutgers Law Review symposium “Unsettled Foundations, Uncertain Results: 9/11 and the Law, 10 Years After.” (Star-Ledger, 2/4/11)

Rutgers Magazine spotlights the generous creation by Professors Frank and Marilyn Askin of the Frank and Marilyn Askin Endowed Fund for Clinical Legal Education and features an article by Professor Carlos Ball based on his new book From the Closet to the Courtroom: Five LGBT Lawsuits That Have Changed Our Nation. (Winter 2011)

For an article about a hedge-fund manager who has pledged $25 million to help Newark’s public schools, Professor Paul Tractenberg noted that many question whether Mayor Cory Booker has a plan for improving the schools. (Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2/2/11)

Comments by Senior Assistant Dean Andy Rothman on how the law school teaches “collaborative law” were featured in the article “Preparing law students to build client relationships.” (NJBiz, 1/24/10)

Professor Karima Bennoune’s postings on the IntLawGrrls blog about developments in North Africa have been picked up by The Nation, USA Today, and India Times. (1/22/11)

“Law enforcement hasn’t figured out how to deal with (information theft) yet — both the detection and prosecution of these cases,” said Professor Stuart Green about the alleged theft by hackers of the email addresses of iPad users. (Star-Ledger, 1/19/11)

Professor Frank Askin was interviewed about the impact on the New Jersey Supreme Court of Associate Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto’s announcement about his intention to abstain from some of the court’s decisions. (News12, 1/14/11) 

Professor Paul Tractenberg commented on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision to remand the challenge to the state’s cuts in education funding to a “special master” for fact-finding hearings. (Star-Ledger and njspotlight.com, 1/14/11)

“The court will probably try to find some way to accommodate the reality that the state is in a fiscal crisis right now, with its ultimate responsibility to enforce the state’s constitution,” said Vice Dean Ronald Chen on the school funding case before the New Jersey Supreme Court. (Bloomberg, 1/5/11)

Professor Paul Tractenberg described the three possible outcomes to the school funding case before the New Jersey Supreme Court on January 5. (WBGO, 1/4/11 and 101.5 FM, 1/5/11)

Vice Dean Ronald Chen and Professor Frank Askin commented on the announcement by Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto that he would not see renomination when his term is up and by Gov. Chris Christie that he would not nominate a replacement until the State Senate ends its refusal to hold hearings on his nominee to replace Justice John Wallace. (New York TimesWall Street Journal, New Jersey Law Journal, My9 News, 1/4/11)

An editorial critical of politicians who insist that the 10th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits Congressional funding of public education and other local projects quotes Professor Frank Askin: “These are Know-Nothings, they just make noise.” (Star-Ledger, 1/4/11) 

The state is “trying to change the rules of the game,” said Professor Paul Tractenberg in talking about the case to be heard this week by the New Jersey Supreme Court involving the challenge by the Education Law Center, which he founded, to Gov. Chris Christie’s cuts in state aid to public schools. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 1/3/11 and Star-Ledger, 1/3/11)

“I’m getting great experience,” said Eric Reiser ’10 of his current clerkship with Superior Court Judge Margaret Mary McVeigh and his forthcoming clerkship with Judge Michael Kaplan of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey. (Record, 1/2/11)