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Professor Jon Dubin Selected for Federal Working Group Studying Role of the Courts in Reviewing Social Security Disability Decisions

March 05, 2012 – 

Professor Jon Dubin, Associate Dean for Clinical Education at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and an expert in Social Security disability law, has been selected a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) Social Security Disability Adjudication Project Working Group. Working with the Social Security Administration (SSA), ACUS will analyze the role of courts in reviewing SSA disability decisions and consider whether there are measures that SSA could take to reduce the number of cases remanded to it by the courts. The role of Working Group members is to review and comment on the project’s outline and draft research report.

ACUS is an independent federal agency dedicated to improving the federal government’s administrative processes through research and development of nonpartisan expert recommendations. Its membership consists of high-level federal officials as well as private sector and academic experts in administrative law and practice.

Professor Dubin is the second member of the Rutgers–Newark law faculty selected within the past year to participate in an ACUS project. Professor Bernard W. Bell is project consultant for a study of potential reforms to the Government in the Sunshine Act. Government openness lies at the intersection of his interests in administrative law and administrative process and media law/freedom of speech. Bell also is co-chair of the ABA Administrative & Regulatory Law Section’s Government Information and Right to Privacy Committee.

Professor Dubin was invited to participate in the Working Group because of his background, expertise and interest in issues relating to SSA disability benefit programs. He is the author most recently of Social Security Disability: Law and Procedure in Federal Court, 2011 ed. (with Carolyn A. Kubitschek) and “Overcoming Gridlock: Campbell After a Quarter-Century and Bureaucratically Rational Gap-Filling in Mass Justice Adjudication in the Social Security Administration's Disability Programs,” 62 Admin. L. Rev. 937 (2010). He also is a frequent conference speaker for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives and brief writer, contributor and moot court organizer in Social Security disability cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the circuit courts.

Professor Dubin has received several awards for his scholarship and public service, including the Edgar and Jean Cahn Award from the National Equal Justice Library, the Haywood Burns and Shanara Gilbert Award from the Northeast Region People of Color Scholarship Conference, the Stanley Van Ness Leadership Award for Public Interest Law by the New Jersey Public Interest Law Center/ New Jersey Appleseed, and the Garden State Bar Association Oliver Randolph Award.