Vincent Warren, who as executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) oversees the national organization’s ground-breaking litigation and advocacy work, will deliver the convocation address at the Friday, May 24, 2013 commencement for Rutgers School of Law–Newark.
The ceremony will begin at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) at 10 am following a bagpiper-led procession of commencement participants from the law school.
A 1993 Rutgers–Newark Law graduate, Warren was the first student at the law school to receive a public interest fellowship named after legendary civil rights attorney Arthur Kinoy, a member of the Rutgers Law faculty for almost 40 years. Now known as the Kinoy-Stavis Fellowship, the fellowship honors two of the founders of CCR.
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. In recognition of his civil rights activism, Warren was honored by the law school’s Alumni Association with the 2012 Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service.
Other speakers at the ceremony will include Taja-Nia Y. Henderson, Assistant Professor of Law, as the faculty speaker and the Class of 2013’s Daris B. Jackson as the student speaker.| Read Story