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Law School Celebrates 42nd Anniversary of Minority Student Program and Announces MSP Legacy Alumni Campaign

April 13, 2010 – 
On Thursday, April 15, 2010, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will celebrate the 42nd anniversary of its Minority Student Program (MSP) at a banquet at the Newark Club. The banquet will honor and feature as keynote speaker Ronald K. Chen ’83, a former Acting Dean of the MSP who recently returned to the law school as Vice Dean after serving for four years as Public Advocate of the State of New Jersey.

The event will also mark the launch of the MSP Legacy Alumni Campaign. “Strengthening the Foundation – Expanding the Network,” the banquet theme, reflects the goal of the Legacy Alumni Campaign Committee: to reconnect and re-engage MSP alumni with the program and the law school and to raise funds for the MSP endowment. The committee has organized several workshops at the law school on April 16 that will be led by MSP alumni and is planning other events to connect alumni with current students.

“The experiences of MSP alumni are diverse,” says Yvette Bravo-Weber, Assistant Dean for the Minority Student Program and Externships, “but they are all united in their respect for the quality of the legal education they received at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and their interest in ensuring that the same opportunities MSP provided to them are available to the next generation.”

More than 2,500 students have participated in the Minority Student Program and graduated from the law school. MSP alumni can be found on the bench, in the U.S. Congress, in private practice, government agencies, major corporations, legislative bodies, public interest organizations, and academic institutions across the country.