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John J. Farmer, Jr. Named Dean of the Law School

A widely admired former public official and attorney with outstanding legal and administrative accomplishments, John J. Farmer, Jr. has had a prominent career in government service at the state and national level and in private practice. Notable positions include Senior Counsel and Team Leader of the 9/11 Commission, Attorney General of the State of New Jersey, and Chief Counsel to former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Upon graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, he clerked for Justice Alan B. Handler (Ret.) of the New Jersey Supreme Court and later served as an assistant U.S. attorney. Currently in private practice handling matters ranging from white collar criminal defense to governmental and regulatory affairs, Farmer has also served as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Middle East Regional Security. “John Farmer is known throughout the legal community for his integrity, his intelligence, his determined yet collegial management of difficult issues, and his steadfast commitment to the rule of law,” commented Chief Justice Deborah T. Poritz (Ret.). April 2009 | Read Story

The Laws of Attraction

In honor of Valentine's Day, meet a couple of lawyers whose friendship bloomed into love in the halls of Rutgers Law School. Their winning recipe: a 1L study group and  the provocative prose of contracts and torts law. Is it any wonder they ended up specializing in mergers and acquisitions? 

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Rutgers Law Student Wins Scholarship from NY State Bar Association

Rutgers Law student Eryhn Won looked at the timely issue of concussions and other professional sports injuries in a paper she wrote about what kind of physical contact is an acceptable part of professional sports and what conduct is actionable. Her paper earned her a scholarship from the New York State Bar Association, a scholarship prize and publication in the forthcoming issue of the Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal.

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Professor Jon Dubin Selected for the National Academy of Social Insurance

With the presidential election looming and the public eye focused on national programs that include Social Security, Medicare and Disability insurance, the issue of national insurance is in the spotlight. Rutgers Law Professor Jon Dubin, a longtime expert in the field of social insurance, was recently nominated and chosen by his peers to the prestigious National Academy of Social Insurance, a group of scholars and experts that work on policy issues and research.

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Welcome, Nick Wallace, Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid

It has been just a month since Nick Wallace joined Rutgers Law School as the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, bringing with him a background in both law and public policy, and experience as the Director of Admissions for the University of Minnesota Law School. He will oversee the admissions and financial aid programs at both the Newark and Camden locations of Rutgers Law School and work to provide a seamless application experience for future Rutgers Law students. Dean Wallace divides his days between his Newark and Camden offices and can be reached at:  nwallace@law.rutgers.edu. Get to know more about him in our Spotlight interview below.

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Corporate Attorneys Advise Students on Corporate Law Careers

Corporate attorneys from a variety of backgrounds spoke to Rutgers Law students about the challenges and rewards working in a corporate business environment at a panel called "Thriving Careers for Women in Corporate Law." Many of the panelists were graduates of Rutgers Law School. Their areas of expertise included everything from labor and employment, to securities and business management.

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Rutgers Law School Alumni Reception Series Wins CASE Award

A program that introduced the newly-merged Rutgers Law School through a series of alumni receptions and brought together alumni, faculty, and students was a successful venture in the Fall of 2015 and also has won an award from the Council For Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) II. The alumni receptions, which featured remarks and a question-and-answer session from Co-Deans Ronald K. Chen and John Oberdiek, were held from Philadelphia to New York City.

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In Memoriam: Annamay Sheppard

Rutgers Law School has lost a pioneer of legal clinical education, a passionate supporter of free legal representation for the poor and under-represented, and an invaluable mentor.

Annamay T. Sheppard, the Alfred Clapp Service Professor of Law Emerita, who taught Civil Liberties, Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure at Rutgers Law School, has died at the age of 88. The Brooklyn native, who lived in Livingston for many years, died in her sleep at home  December 30, 2015.

While at Rutgers Law School, Professor Sheppard established the Urban Legal Clinic, which she taught and directed for five years. She also taught in the Constitutional Litigation and Litigation

and Women’s Rights Clinics. She retired from the faculty in 1999. Professor Sheppard was the founding  Associate Director of Newark’s first legal services program in 1966,  the founder of the Rutgers Urban Legal Clinic in 1970, the first woman to teach in a Rutgers clinic, and the first primarily clinical professor to receive tenure at Rutgers.

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Happy Birthday J. Edgar Hoover, Thanks for the Surveillance

This Op-Ed article was published in The Washington Post on December 31, 2015, in honor of J. Edgar Hoover's birthday. In it, Rutgers Law Professor Frank Askin, general counsel emeritus at the American Civil Liberties Union and the director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic, recalls the benefits of knowing the FBI had a file on him, because of Hoover, and how that information helped him in his adult life. 

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Professor Douglas Eakeley Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

Leadnj, a non-profit organization that trains and recognizes leaders across New Jersey recently honored Professor Douglas Eakeley with a lifetime achievement award for his commitment to pro bono and public service work in addition to recognizing his excellence in legal work. John J. Farmer, former dean of Rutgers Law School and a close friend, presented him with the award at a dinner in December. Farmer praised Eakeley's mentoring skills and his ability to balance difficult legal work with pro bono service. 

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