The Alumni Association of Rutgers School of Law–Newark will celebrate the achievements of the Hon. Rosemary Gambardella, United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey; Hazel O’Leary, President of Fisk University; and Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, at its Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner. The dinner will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at Nanina’s in the Park, Belleville. Judge Gambardella and Hazel O’Leary will receive a Distinguished Alumna Award and Vincent Warren will be honored with the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service.
The Hon. Rosemary Gambardella ’79 was appointed a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in May 1985, becoming the first woman to serve on that court. She was Chief Judge from August 1998 to August 2005. Judge Gambardella is, among other things, a member and former President of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Inn of Court and a member of the Bankruptcy Committee of the Third Circuit Task Force on Equal Treatment in the Courts – Gender Commission. She was the Bankruptcy Judge representative to the Judicial Conference of the United States (2009-2011) and is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
Before assuming the Fisk presidency in 2004, Hazel O’Leary ’66 headed the international energy-consulting firm O’Leary & Associates, Inc., which she founded in 1997 to focus on issues of corporate change, leadership and arms control. From 2001-2002 she was President and Chief Operating Officer at Blaylock & Partners, L.P., a top ranked African-American investment-banking firm in New York. During the first administration of President Bill Clinton, she served as U.S. Secretary of Energy, leading the department’s 120,000 Federal and contract employees in the pursuit of practical solutions in national security, science and technology, energy policy, sustainable development and economic productivity.
Vincent Warren ’93 is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Before joining CCR, Warren was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, where he litigated civil rights cases, focusing on affirmative action, racial profiling and criminal justice reform. Prior to the ACLU, he monitored South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.