Louis Raveson, Professor of Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been named Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar in recognition of his strong commitment to civil rights and his defense of the underserved.
Professor Raveson has litigated numerous trials in state and federal court as well as appeals before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Second and Third Circuits, including: Right to Choose v. Byrne; a case defining the parameters of the judicial contempt power, a topic on which he has published three law review articles; several HIV discrimination actions; and a case attempting to collect a judgment against a Swiss bank for $124 billion, then the largest judgment in history. He helped to brief Karcher v. May in the U.S. Supreme Court and was one of the attorneys representing Rubin “Hurricane” Carter and John Artis in their federal habeas action, which resulted in the reversal of their 17 years in prison.
Professor Raveson is a 1976 graduate of law school, where he was a member of the Law Review. He clerked for Judge Phillip Forman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and then practiced with the ACLU Prisoners Rights Project and Essex-Newark Legal Services. He was a staff attorney in the Urban Legal Clinic prior to his appointment to the faculty in 1981 and served as director of that clinic from 1993 to 2001.
In 2001, Professor Raveson took a leave to establish and run an international solar energy company. During a previous leave, he served as assistant commissioner of the New Jersey Department of the Public Advocate.