John J. Farmer, Jr., Dean of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been appointed to an independent committee formed by the City of Cambridge (MA) and the Cambridge Police Department to help identify the lessons learned from the high-profile arrest this summer of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The 12 members of the independent Cambridge Review Committee were selected for their professional backgrounds and extensive experience in the fields of law enforcement, diversity, community relations, and conflict resolution. The committee will assess the Cambridge police department’s operational procedures and training curriculum and develop recommendations for the city.
Dean Farmer’s legal career has spanned service in high-profile government appointments, private practice in diverse areas of criminal law, and teaching. Highlights include: attorney general for the State of New Jersey; assistant U.S. attorney; chief counsel to the Governor of New Jersey; senior counsel and team leader for the 9/11 Commission; partner of the law firm K&L Gates; and founding partner of the law firm Arseneault, Whipple, Farmer, Fassett and Azzarello.
Dean Farmer is the author of The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 (Penguin Group, 2009), a reconsideration of the government’s 9/11 response in light of its response to Hurricane Katrina. Currently president of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, he is a former member of the New Jersey Governor’s Ethics Advisory Board and the State Ethics Board.