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Leadership Talent of Two Rutgers-Newark Law Students Recognized by Executive Women of New Jersey

September 24, 2007 – 
Josephine A. Paltin and Catherine W. Wilkes, third-year students at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, have received 2007 Graduate Merit Awards from Executive Women of New Jersey. The organization sponsors the scholarship program to provide encouragement and a foundation for leadership development to the next generation of female executives. A third Rutgers-Newark law student, Sharon A. Amobi, received the organization’s Ehrlich Award. The awards were presented at EWNJ’s Annual Graduate Merit Awards Dinner, held on September 20 at Mayfair Farms.

Commenting on the honors, Dean Stuart L. Deutsch said: “The life and work experiences of non-traditional students such as Jo and Catherine add a special dimension to the study of law and provide a rich foundation for a career in law. We are very pleased that Executive Women of New Jersey has recognized their leadership talent and executive potential by naming them Graduate Merit Award winners. We are also delighted to see EWNJ note the achievements of Sharon Amobi, one of our first-year students.”

Josephine Paltin received her B.S. in industrial engineering from Polytechnic University and her M.S. in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to law school, she worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 20 years. At Rutgers, she is managing notes editor of the Rutgers Law Review, a Samuel Rubin Law Scholar, a legal research and writing teaching associate, a board member of Older Wiser Law Students (O.W.L.S.), and active in the Intellectual Property Law Society, and the Women’s Law Forum. 

Catherine Wilkes holds a B.A. in economics with a minor in computer science from Hunter College. Prior to law school, she spent more than 15 years in the entertainment industry in New York, where she was involved in the business affairs of several prominent entertainers, coordinated music production, and ran a record label. At Rutgers, she is a legal research and writing teaching associate and enjoys her work in the Special Education Clinic. After graduation, she intends to pursue her interest in litigation in the public interest sector.

Sharon Amobi is a first-year evening student at the law school. She received her master of science in May 2007 from the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers-Newark. She also holds a B.A. in justice studies and social inquiry from Arizona State University.