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Dean John Farmer Honored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund

March 16, 2010 – 
John J. Farmer, Jr., Dean of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will be honored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) at its 10th Annual Awards of Excellence dinner on March 18, 2010. The Awards of Excellence events recognize individuals who exemplify professional and civic excellence and who share Justice Marshall’s concern for civil rights and his passion for justice and education.

“Access to higher education, especially to those historically excluded, is essential to a diverse and robust democracy,” said Dean Farmer. “I applaud the important work of the TMCF and am honored to receive its Award of Excellence.”

John Farmer joined Rutgers School of Law–Newark as Dean in July 2009 after a distinguished career in government service and private legal practice. He was senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission and is author of The Ground Truth: The Story Behind America’s Defense on 9/11 (Penguin Group, 2009). In addition to his work for the 9/11 Commission, he has served as Attorney General of New Jersey, Chief Counsel to New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, as a federal prosecutor, a law enforcement expert to the special envoy for Middle East regional security, and a founding partner of a New Jersey law firm. He is president of the board of trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and a former member of the New Jersey Governor’s Ethics Advisory Board.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, named for the late U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, provides merit-based scholarships and programmatic support to students attending 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The Awards of Excellence events were founded in the Greater Newark area 10 years ago and have migrated across the country promoting the Fund and its efforts to provide financial and programmatic support to thousands of students.