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Professor Jon Dubin Honored by New Jersey Appleseed with Stanley Van Ness Leadership Award in Public Interest

October 22, 2007 – 
Professor Jon C. Dubin of Rutgers School of Law-Newark will receive the Stanley Van Ness Leadership Award in Public Interest from New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center at its awards gala tonight at the Newark Club. “The law school community is very pleased that New Jersey Appleseed has selected Jon Dubin to receive their award commemorating his work and the exceptional achievements of the late Stanley Van Ness on behalf of underserved individuals and communities,” said Dean Stuart L. Deutsch. “As a teacher, attorney, and administrator, Jon is dedicated to fostering our historic commitment to excellence in the profession and public service that inspired Stanley Van Ness when he was a Rutgers law student more than 40 years ago.” Dubin is Professor of Law, Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar, and Director of Clinical Programs at the law school. 

Dubin earned his A.B. from Dartmouth and his J.D. from New York University. He served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge John L. Kane, Jr.; the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow on the American Civil Liberties Union’s national staff; staff attorney and director of litigation for the Harlem neighborhood office of the Legal Aid Society of New York City, Civil Division; and assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 1999, Dubin was a Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs at St. Mary’s School of Law, where he received the faculty award for teaching excellence.

In 2002, the National Equal Justice Library selected his article “Torquemada Meets Kafka: The Misapplication of the Issue Exhaustion Doctrine to Inquisitorial Administrative Proceedings” for the Edgar and Jean Cahn Award as one of the 20th century’s outstanding articles about equal justice for lower income persons. The U.S. Supreme Court twice cited this article in Sims v. Apfel (2000), a case in which Dubin served as co-counsel, principal drafter of the petitioner’s main brief, and principal strategist of the petitioner’s position in this successful appeal. Another article, “From Junkyards to Gentrification: Explicating A Right to Protective Zoning in Low-Income Communities of Color,” was included in the 1994 anthology issue of Land Use and Environment Law Review as one of the five best land use articles of 1993.

Dubin received the 2003 Haywood Burns/Shanara Gilbert Award from the Northeast Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. He has been chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Poverty Law Section; a board member of the Clinical Legal Education Association, Welfare Law Center, and New Jersey Institute for Social Justice; and as a member of the board of editors of the Clinical Law Review.