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Neisser Program Newsletter
June 12, 2015, Volume II, Issue 18

The Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program

The Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program is a strong testament to the abiding commitment to public service of Rutgers School of Law–Newark (known to many graduates as “The People’s Electric Law School”).

Created in 2000, the Program honors the life and work of the late Eric R. Neisser, former acting dean, long-time professor, supervisor in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic, and committed social activist. The Program serves to promote a culture of public service within the law school community, increase and enhance opportunities for students to learn about and experience public interest work, and support and assist students pursuing careers in the public sector.

Among the Eric R. Neisser Program’s many initiatives are the following:

  • Coordinating a variety of public interest events including First Monday, Pro Bono Week and symposia on topical issues in public interest law;
  • Administering the school’s Public Interest Fellows Program;
  • Supervising the pro bono programs and assisting  the student pro bono board in identifying and promoting pro bono and community service opportunities;
  • Conducting outreach to alumni and the local, national and international legal community to forge mutually beneficial relationships; and
  • Providing career counseling, programming and funding for students and alumni pursuing work in the public sector.

The Program encourages all students to participate in service activities while at Rutgers and strives to inculcate a spirit of service in our graduates. Central to the Program are Rutgers faculty, who are among the leading scholars and practitioners in a vast array of public interest practice areas. Also integral to the Program are our alumni, who have a distinguished record of holding prominent positions on the bench, in the academy and in legal practice.  

For more information about the Neisser Public Interest Program, contact publicinterest@kinoy.rutgers.edu.