Inspired by the concept of a postgraduate program for new lawyers that was recently promoted by Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. in the New York Times, the Young Alumni Committee of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association has organized a wine tasting to help launch such a program at Rutgers–Newark.
“An Evening of Wine, Paired With Food and Rutgers Friends” will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Jersey City waterfront restaurant Michael Anthony’s. All proceeds will go to a fund to support the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Postgraduate Fellowship Program.
In “To Practice Law, Apprentice First,” a February 17 Times op-ed that garnered national attention, Dean Farmer addressed the disconnect between a job market that finds close to 50 percent of new law school graduates unable to find full-time, long-term work as lawyers and the inability of much of the public, especially the middle-class, to afford representation. One way out of this predicament, he wrote, is for law schools and the legal profession to establish the equivalent of a medical residency.
Rutgers–Newark Law School, Dean Farmer said in the Times, would soon start a postgraduate program staffed by recent graduates who, under supervision, would represent lower middle-class clients.
In announcing the wine-tasting fundraiser, the Young Alumni Committee said: “As recent alumni both acutely aware of the challenging job market and very enthusiastic about the law school’s Postgraduate Fellowship Program for providing new graduates with real practice skills and business experience, we encourage alumni from all years to join us for An Evening of Wine on June 20th.”
The evening will feature five wine-tasting stations that will be paired with an hors d’oeuvre. Ted Task, a veteran wine educator and guide for hundreds of “educate and entertain” events, will provide information on each wine and food pairing.
Registration for the event and $70 payment can be done online.
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