Grounded in a progressive tradition, our clinics have evolved to meet the legal, educational and cultural challenges of the 21st century. We have focused more attention on understanding and incorporating international human rights law, and sharing approaches to clinical teaching with educators and students in other countries. We have recognized the heightened importance of incorporating cross-cultural lawyering competencies into lawyering skills instruction, and have become more collaborative, holistic and interdisciplinary in our work.
Recognition of the clinics and staff for these efforts include:
- 2004 — AALS Shanara Gilbert National Emerging Clinician Award: Clinical Professor Esther Canty-Barnes, Director, Special Education Clinic.
- 2008 — CLEA National Case or Project of the Year: Constitutional Litigation Clinic for victory after federal jury trial and over a decade of pre-trial litigation in Jama v. Esmor Correctional Facility.
- 2009 — Rutgers School of Law–Newark Entire Clinical Program: Chancellor’s Award for Community Engagement by an academic department or program.
- 2010 — AALS Shanara Gilbert National Emerging Clinician Award: Clinical Professor Charles I. Auffant, Community Law Clinic and Director, Youth Advocacy Project.
- 2010 — Garden State Bar Asssociation Oliver Randolph Award to Professor Jon C. Dubin, Associate Dean for Clinical Education, for excellence in service, social justice and advocacy.
- 2012 — Models for Change Champion for Change Award: Clinical Professor Laura Cohen, Urban Legal Clinic
- 2013 — ACLU-NJ Legal Leadership Award to Clinical Professor Laura Cohen, Urban Legal Clinic