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Okianer C. Dark ’79, Interim Dean at Howard Law School, to Keynote Minority Student Program Banquet

March 19, 2013 – 

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, Rutgers School of Law–Newark will celebrate the 45th anniversary of its Minority Student Program (MSP) at Nanina’s in the Park, Belleville.

Special honoree and keynote speaker for the banquet, whose theme is “Honoring the Women of the MSP,” will be Okianer Christian Dark, Interim Dean of Howard University School of Law. Elizabeth H. Kim ’09, an associate of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C. and a member of the firm’s Life Sciences Compliance, Commercialization and Regulatory Counseling Department, will receive the Young Lawyer Award.

The reception will begin at 6:30 pm and the dinner at 7:30 pm. Register for the banquet and submit payment online at http://law.newark.rutgers.edu/MSPbanquet.

Before becoming Interim Dean at Howard Law, Dark served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. As a member of the faculty, she teaches Torts, Products Liability, Advanced Torts, and Health Law. She also is a regular lecturer on health law issues at Howard University Medical School.

Upon graduating from Rutgers–Newark Law in 1979, Dean Dark joined the Antitrust Division in the U.S. Department of Justice through its Honors Program. As a trial attorney, she worked on mergers, various civil and criminal antitrust cases and was a member of the landmark trial team in U.S. v. AT&T. She also was a trial attorney in the department’s Civil Division, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Portland, Oregon, with responsibility for all of the affirmative civil rights cases and supervisor of the community relations unit.

Prior to joining the Howard Law School faculty, Dean Dark taught at T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond. She was the first African American tenured at the law school and the first African American woman tenured at the university.

Her scholarly publications are on the use of tort law to address issues in vulnerable communities as well as on legal pedagogical issues and on other matters related to legal education. Dean Dark is a frequent presenter at national conferences and many law schools on diversity and teaching methodology.

The Minority Student Program is a nationally-recognized model for educating and preparing students of color and disadvantaged students of all races for a legal career. Almost 3,000 MSP students have graduated from the law school since the program’s inception, changing the face of the legal profession. MSP alumni can be found on the bench, in the U.S. Congress, in private practice, major corporations, government agencies, legislative bodies, public interest organizations, and academic institutions across the country.