Robert C. Holmes, Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Community Law Clinic, and Deputy Director of Clinical Programs at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will receive the Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association at its 32nd Anniversary Scholarship & Awards Gala on June 2. The award celebrates the legacy of civil rights advocate Oliver Randolph, who in 1914 became the first African American admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey. Randolph later served as the first African American assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey and was the only African American to attend the state’s 1947 Constitutional Convention, where he successfully fought for an amendment to abolish segregation in public schools and the militia.
At the same event, the Garden State Bar also will honor Marisa Slaten, a member of the Class of 2003, with its first Young Lawyer Award. Slaten is an associate at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland Perretti LLP where she practices in the firm’s litigation group.
Professor Holmes joined Rutgers in 1997 as founding director of the Community Law Clinic, which provides corporate-transactional-intellectual property attorney services to inner-city small businesses, non-profits, charter schools, and community development corporations. He has had extensive experience in private practice and public service. After receiving his J.D. from Harvard Law School, he joined the Newark Housing Development and Rehabilitation Corporation as executive director. He later served as assistant commissioner and acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and as chief executive of the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation. In 1987 he became a partner with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A., where he practiced corporate transactions, real estate and development, sports and entertainment law, and municipal law. In 1995 he became of counsel to Medvin & Elberg.
Outside the law school, Professor Holmes is a board member of the Public Interest Law Center of New Jersey, a former president of the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, a board member and secretary of Legal Services of New Jersey, a board member of Minority Athletes Networking, and a member of the board of trustees of the Victoria Foundation. | Read Story