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“Jazz for Justice” to Honor Clinical Professor Robert Holmes, Director of the Community Law Clinic

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, talk show host Judge Bob Pickett to speak

October 10, 2006 – 
The Association of Black Law Students (ABLS) at Rutgers School of Law–Newark will honor Clinical Professor Robert C. Holmes at “Jazz for Justice,” which will be held on Oct. 26 at Newark’s IDT Tower. Holmes is Director of the Rutgers Community Law Clinic, one of the nation’s first clinics to provide corporate-transactional-intellectual property attorney services to inner-city small businesses, non-profits, charter schools, and community development corporations. 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker will deliver the welcome remarks and former Administrative Law Judge Robert “Bob” Pickett, co-host of “Open Line” and “Week-in-Review” on WRKS-FM, will give the keynote address. Music will be provided by Jazz by Jill & Company, whose members include second-year evening law student Jilletta Riley. Proceeds from the annual fundraising event will benefit the Wanda Green Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Donita Judge ’03 and ABLS to provide tuition assistance to a law student who in some way was affected by the events of September 11, 2001. Wanda Green was a flight attendant on United Flight 93.

“Jazz for Justice” honoree Robert Holmes has had extensive experience in private practice and public service. After receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School, he joined the Newark Housing Development and Rehabilitation Corporation as executive director. He later served as assistant commissioner and acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and as chief executive of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation. Holmes became a partner with Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PC, in 1987, where his primary areas of practice included corporate transactions, real estate and development, sports and entertainment law, and municipal government. In 1995 he became of counsel to Medvin & Elberg.

Holmes joined Rutgers Law School in 1997 where, in addition to heading the Community Law Clinic, he is Deputy Director of Clinical Programs. In his community involvement outside the law school, he is a board member of the Public Interest Law Center of New Jersey, a board member and treasurer of the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, a board member and secretary of Legal Services of New Jersey, and a board member of Minority Athletes Networking.