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“Jazz for Justice” to Honor Marcia Brown '94, Vice Chancellor for Student and Community Affairs at Rutgers-Newark

October 20, 2008 – 
The Association of Black Law Students (ABLS) at Rutgers School of Law–Newark will honor Marcia Brown, Vice Chancellor for Student and Community Affairs at Rutgers–Newark and a 1994 graduate of the law school, at “Jazz for Justice” on Thursday, November 6. The annual fundraising event will take place from 6:30 – 11:30 pm in Rutgers–Newark’s Paul Robeson Campus Center. Tickets are $25 for students and $55 for non-students. For information about purchasing tickets or becoming a sponsor, email jazzforjustice@gmail.com.

The Hon. Betty J. Lester ’71, Essex County Superior Court, will deliver the welcome remarks and Vaughn L. McKoy ’93, Director of Customer Service and Community Development for PSE&G, will give the keynote address. An ensemble from Arts High School in Newark will provide the music. The 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 or Hurricane Katrina. Wanda Green was a flight attendant on United Flight 93.

After obtaining her law degree at Rutgers–Newark, Marcia Brown clerked for Chief Justice Robert Wilentz of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Later, she worked as an associate with the firm of Smith Mullin PC and then in her own practice in Newark with several African-American women lawyers. Before joining the Chancellor’s office, she served as assistant dean of the law school’s Minority Student Program and associate dean and director of the Academic Foundations Center for the Rutgers–Newark School of Arts and Sciences.

Vice Chancellor Brown has more than 25 years of leadership, service, and experience in and on behalf of the Newark community. She serves on the board and committees of several nonprofit and charitable organizations, including the Newark Mentoring Coalition, University Heights Science Park, Project GRAD (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), and the Pre-College Consortium of Greater Newark. She also is a member of the Women of Imani, a volunteer group serving women and children. She is the co-founder of the South Ward Junior Crimefighters, Harriet Tubman Girls Club, and Citizens for a Better Newark. Ms. Brown also served as president and co-founder of the University Heights Neighborhood Development Corporation, which developed more than 60 units of affordable housing in the Central Ward.

What:  “Jazz for Justice,” honoring Marcia Brown, Vice Chancellor for Student and Community Affairs, Rutgers–Newark  
When:  6:30 – 11:30 pm, Thursday, November 6, 2008 
Where:  Paul Robeson Campus Center, 350 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Newark, NJ 07102