Professor Frank Askin was awarded the Rutgers Medal by Chancellor Nancy Cantor of Rutgers University –Newark at an event honoring Askin for 50 years of service to Rutgers Law School.
The Rutgers Medal, also called the Rutgers Award, is the university’s highest honor and recognizes the unique and lasting contributions made by individuals to the university and to the public.
"It is really just an incredible honor to present Frank with the Rutgers Medal,” Cantor said at the event on April 13. She read a citation about Askin that said, in part, “Frank Askin is a dedicated professor and civil rights pioneer. Your life of service to the university and to the community has been an inspiration and a shining example of the difference one individual can make.”
They visited with jurists, professors, attended lectures and met with nonprofit organizations. Students, professors and alumni visited Havana, Cuba this spring on a trip led by Professor Charles Auffant. While there, they discussed the Cuban penal code, court procedures and compared the Civil law system and also formed their own opinions about the future of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.| Read Story
From visiting a women's collective to learning about the plight of child migrants, Rutgers Law students and professors traveled to Guatemala over spring break to gain a better understanding of the causes of migration. While in Guatemala, they met with doctors, scholars and a human rights organization that helps child migrants who are repatriated back to Guatemala.| Read Story
Technological advances will increase the number of driverless cars and the ability to store health care information for a lifetime, but they also bring myriad challenges for cyber security and privacy issues, said Harvey Rishikof, this year’s Paul Miller Distinguished Lecturer.
Rishikof, a well-known cyber security expert, outlined future technological advances and the risks they bring – from home monitoring systems that can alert people when the air conditioner needs repair – to countries that will hack into computer systems to conduct acts of espionage or terrorism.
Rishikof is a well-known cyber security expert , former dean of the National War College in Washington D.C. and of Roger Williams School of Law. He currently works as senior counsel in Privacy, Cybersecurity and Government Contracts for Crowell & Moring in Washington D.C.
His talk was titled Cyber Law and Policy: A Framework for the 21st Century, and was funded by Rutgers Law School alumnus Paul S. Miller ’62 and his wife Carol.| Read Story
Attorneys who work in corporate compliance are key to ensuring their companies and clients meet state and federal laws and regulations and avoid fines and other penalties, whether those companies are involved in investment banking, asset management, pharmaceuticals, medical devices or health insurance.
That was the message a panel of distinguished compliance experts brought to students at Rutgers Law School, at a talk sponsored by the Center for Corporate Law and Governance and the Finance and Business Law Society. Attorneys who specialize in corporate compliance shared advice and traced their career paths before talking with students informally at a reception afterwards.| Read Story
Rutgers Law School graduate Ann Berger Lesk '77 worked for many years in trusts and estates in New York City and is now enjoying her second career as the owner of a specialty art gallery called Alaska on Madison. She attended Rutgers Law in the 1970s, when it was one of the first law schools in the country to welcome qualified women applicants who were returning to school after taking a break for family or careers. In this article, she reflects on her experience at Rutgers and the her professional journey.| Read Story
Noted Legal Education Innovator and Criminal Law Scholar Named Co-dean of Rutgers Law School in Camden
Michael T. Cahill, a noted criminal law scholar and an experienced law school administrator committed to promoting affordability, public engagement, and student success, was named today as the first permanent co-dean of the Rutgers Law School location in Camden by Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden. The appointment takes effect on July 1.
Cahill will join Ronald Chen as co-deans of Rutgers Law School, New Jersey’s only public law school. In July 2015, the American Bar Association approved the unification of Rutgers’ two legacy law schools to become one Rutgers Law School with locations in Camden and Newark. Chen serves as co-dean in residence at the Rutgers University–Newark campus.
As co-deans, Cahill and Chen will supervise the academic and administrative operations of Rutgers Law School, which has approximately 1,100 students, 120 full-time faculty, and 20,000 alumni nationwide.| Read Story
The Rutgers National Mock Trial Team started practicing last fall and put their talents to work at a regional competition in Philadelphia where each team - one made up of 2L students and one of 3L students - competed in rounds for three days, defeating top-seeded teams from other Mid-Atlantic states. The students, many of whom plan to go on to be litigators, conducted full trials of a civil case, representing the plaintiff and the defendant, arguing pre-trial motions and giving opening statements and closing arguments. Since two of the members are graduating, there will be openings for new students to join the Rutgers National Mock Trial Team and selections will be made later this spring.| Read Story
Former Rutgers Law School Dean John J. Farmer served as the Grand Marshal of the 81st St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newark, the state's oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade. This year's parade honored the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion and also was dedicated to James P. "The Skipper" Hamilton, a former steelworker and employee of McGovern's in Newark, who died in 2015. Farmer talked about the struggles of Irish Americans over the last 100 years and was joined by other Rutgers University administrators as he led the parade along Broad Street on Friday, March 11.| Read Story
The Public Interest Law Foundation held another successful auction to raise money for law students taking part in public interest and government summer jobs. The live and silent auction featured a variety of items - ranging from tickets to the New York Philharmonic to a signed football from the New York Giants. Students, faculty, staff and alumni bid on the items to donate money to the foundation to help support students doing public interest work. Last year's grant winners recevied stipends to work at a variety of public interest jobs around the country that included the American Friends Service Committee and the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice in New York. Retiring Professor Frank Askin was honored at the event for his commitment to public service and his 50 years spent at the law school.| Read Story
Jacques S. Pierre, former business editor of the Rutgers Law Review, who works as an Assistant United States Attorney, spoke at the Rutgers University Law Review Alumni Reception, which brought together current law students and alumni who all shared the experience of working on the Rutgers Law Review. The evening event honored Judge Freda Wolfson, who served as an editor of the Rutgers Law Review in the late 1970s. This year’s editor-in-chief, Nikolas X. Rodriguez, explained this year that the Law Journal in Camden and the Law Review in Newark have merged, with the articles in both publications selected by students.| Read Story
From the New York Civil Liberties Union to the NAACP, Alexis Karteron brings a breadth of experience to her new position as Director of the Constitutional Rights Clinic at Rutgers Law School. Karteron, a graduate of Harvard and Stanford Universities, who has taught at New York University, will join the law school this summer after the retirement of the clinic's founder and long-time director, Distinguished Professor Frank Askin.| Read Story
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?| Read Story
After 2 1/2 days of competition, the Association of Black Law Students Moot Court Team from Rutgers Law School beat out teams from around the Northeast to place second in the Frederick Douglass Moot Court competition at the 48th Annual Black Law Students Association Convention, Northeast region. The team of Babatunde Odubekun and Victoria Salami, will take their skills to the BLSA national competition in Baltimore, Maryland in March. In addition, Leslyn Moore, the president of Rutgers Law's Black Law Students Association, was awarded Chapter President of the Year at the regional convention.| Read Story
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.| Read Story
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.| Read Story
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Get to know more about him in our Spotlight interview below.| Read Story
Corporate attorneys from a variety of backgrounds spoke to Rutgers Law students about the challenges and rewards of 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.| Read Story
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.| Read Story
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.| Read Story
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.| Read Story
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.| Read Story
Rutgers Law School - through programs including the Minority Student Program - has seen an increase in the number of Latino students enrolling and once enrolled, students find a supportive diverse campus. This article in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education takes a look at trends across the nation in Hispanic enrollment in law schools and which programs have been successful, in spite of an overall decrease in law school applications nationwide. It specifically focuses on Rutgers Law School as one of the success stories.| Read Story
From the attacks on Marines in Beirut, to the killing of a West Orange woman on a bus in the Gaza strip, Thomas Fortune Fay ’65, has been representing victims of terrorism attacks and is a leader in the field. Fay shared his story and expertise with Rutgers Law students and discussed ongoing and former cases, many of which were based on incidences that garnered national and international media attention. Students in Jean-Marc Coicaud’s class heard Fay speak in mid-November.| Read Story
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the second time in Fisher v. University of Texas, a case that revolves around the question of whether the university's modest consideration of an applcant's race as part of a comprehensive admisions process is constitutional. Rutgers Law Professor Elisse Boddie, who filed a friend-of-the-court brief, in support of the University of Texas, outlines the facts of the case and her arguments about why the admissions process at the University of Texas, and other American universities are fair and should be upheld. She also makes a strong case for fostering diversity in higher education in her Opinion article that ran in the New York Times on December 8, 2015. The entire article is reprinted in the Spotlight section in the Read Story link below.| Read Story
Originally published by the New Jersey State Bar Association, this article explores the Rutgers Law Associates program at Rutgers Law School.
From representing clients in custody issues to helping veterans, Rutgers Law Associates are actively practicing law and gaining real-world experience.
The Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program created by Rutgers Law School to provide affordable legal representation to the community and serve as a training ground for newly minted attorneys. The program is being studied as a model by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Blue Ribbon Commission.
Rutgers is at the forefront of a movement that is picking up steam across the country. The law school created the nation’s first true post-doctoral curriculum for new lawyers with the opening of Rutgers Law Associates in Jan. 2014, said Andrew J. Rothman, a law school associate dean and the firm’s managing attorney.
The six associates each receive a $30,000 stipend for the year, their tuition and fees are covered, and as post-doctoral students, they are able to defer payment on their student loans. A supervising associate will come on board in January to mentor associates on more routine matters while also taking cases.| Read Story
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman led a panel of experts to talk about Corporate Governance and the Justice Department and talked about weighing civil and criminal penalties against corporations, encouraging cooperation in investigations, putting in place compliance procedures and deciding when to prosecute individuals involved in corporate fraud. Other panelists included included Joseph G. Braunreuther, Deputy General Counsel of Johnson & Johnson; Maureen A. Ruane, Chair of Health Care Litigation Investigations and Compliance for Lowenstein Sandler LLP; and moderator Douglas S. Eakeley, Alan V. Lowenstein Professor of Corporate and Business Law at Rutgers Law School. The panel was sponsored by the Center for Corporate Law and Governance.| Read Story
The Rutgers community will come together for 24 hours on Dec. 1 to give to the programs that donors care about the most and Rutgers Law School is no exception!
Rutgers Giving Day is an online fundraiser to rally alumni, students, faculty, staff and parents to support the university with a philanthropic gift. The goal is to raise $500,000 through 1,500 gifts or more, said Danielle Chirico, SAS ’12, assistant director of millennial philanthropy at Rutgers University Foundation.
The day is part of Giving Tuesday, an international campaign that began four years ago to encourage people to give back at a time when there is so much emphasis on spending around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
On Dec. 1, donors can make a gift through GivingDay.Rutgers.edu and direct their contributions to the schools or programs that matters to them – from athletics and academics to special causes and scholarship funds| Read Story
From 1979-1999, the stately building at 15 Washington Street was home to Rutgers Law School.
Former and current deans, faculty and staff returned to the building for its formal rededication on November 17, which was attended by Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor, and many other dignitaries.
The grand hall that housed its rededication party used to be the student lounge, and former deans and faculty reflected on the location of their former classrooms and administrative offices, while admiring the resplendent new building, home to student dormitories and the future home of Chancellor Cantor.
A photo gallery published on NJ.Com shows before and after pictures of the high-rise, with gleaming new ceilings and floors, refurbished windows, state-of-the-art technology and new paint – a far cry from its dilapidated condition when the law school moved to 123 Washington St. in 2000.
The $83 million renovation created new luxury dormitory space for more than 300 students and other amenities that include an on-site gym, study lounges and meeting spaces.| Read Story
David Sheehan '68 is a partner at BakerHostetler in New York City and was Chief Counsel for the Securities Investor Protection Act, charged with trying to recoup the assets of famed Ponzi scheme criminal Bernie Madoff and trying to make whole Madoff's investors. Sheehan, a New Jersey native who spent 33 years at Gibbons P.C., recently visited Rutgers Law School to talk to students about the high-profile case, which resulted in more than 1,000 lawsuits. He also spoke with students about their career pathways during his visit and answered questions about his own professional journey.| Read Story
A week after President Obama came to the Center for Law and Justice to praise efforts to help ex-offenders on reentry, a group of New Jersey legislators met at Rutgers University-Newark to discuss strategies for changing the criminal justice system to reduce mass incarceration. Calling on the expertise of Dr. Todd Clear, Distinguished Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, the legislators, joined by community leaders and activists, heard how the numbers of Americans imprisoned has skyrocketed since the 1970s. The consequences of 1.5 million people being imprisoned has devastated communities, kept families apart and reduced the number of wage earners in cities. Clear said there must be alternatives, including diversion and probationary program, to reduce the high numbers of people incarcerated - in addition to reducing mandatory sentencing requirements and keeping nonviolent offenders out of prison.| Read Story
On Monday, Nov. 2, Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N) welcomed President Barack Obama on his latest stop on his national tour on criminal justice reform. With more than 600,000 individuals released from state and federal prisons each year, President Obama shared his sense of urgency to create a criminal justice system that is fairer and more effective and breaks the poverty, criminality, and incarceration stranglehold that often impairs lives, particularly African-American and Latino males, and destroys communities, especially distressed urban areas.
At RU-N’s Center for Law and Justice, President Obama convened a roundtable discussion on the issues of mass incarceration and the reentry of people exiting correctional systems and reintegrating into community life. President Obama, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, RU-N faculty, staff, and students, and community leaders and residents involved in the criminal justice system engaged in discourse intended to inform effective policymaking that benefits incarcerated and released individuals, impacted families and communities, and the economy.| Read Story
Rutgers University-Newark will welcome President Barack Obama on Monday, November 2, 2015. This historic visit organized by the White House, in collaboration with Senator Cory Booker and Mayor Ras Baraka, will focus attention on issues about which we at RU-N-as an anchor institution in Newark-care very deeply and on which many of our faculty, staff, and students collaborate expansively with partners near and far: mass incarceration and re-entry.| Read Story
Did you know the discussion of merging Rutgers Law School has been taking place since 1967? In the curent issue of Rutgers Magazine, author Kevin Coyne explores the rich history of Rutgers Law School and delves into the impact the law school has had on our state and on legal issues. This is a brief excerpt about the history of the law school, but you can read the entire article below:
Camden evolved as a traditional scholarly law school. It was one of the first to recognize the importance of international law, underscored by Roger Clark’s appointment in 1972, and the Camden law school has long been committed to viewing law and legal scholarship from a global perspective. Newark, by contrast, was at the forefront of a movement toward clinical legal education, where upper-level students handle actual cases with faculty guidance, from personal bankruptcies to matters of great constitutional import. (Today, Rutgers Law School has 17 in-house clinics.) Arthur Kinoy—a civil rights and free speech advocate as well as a lawyer for Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and, later, the Chicago Seven—was a towering presence. Law schools should make the profession “relevant to the pressing and fundamental problems of contemporary American society,” Kinoy wrote, and “to the solution of central issues which dominate American life.”| Read Story
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka held a Town Hall-style meeting with Rutgers students at Rutgers Law School and encouraged them, especially the law students, to work for social justice and combat the poverty and inequalities that plague urban cities. He said Rutgers students need to get more involved with Newark, not just the downtown area, and should consider purchasing homes in Newark, which has an excellent transportation system and an infrastructure that can support more residents. Baraka, a former high school principal, emphasized the need to combat inequalities in urban schools, which he said are still dealing with segregation and a disparity in curriculum. Baraka was invited by the Student Bar Association and Association of Black Law Students. He became mayor in 2014.| Read Story
Jean-Marc Coicaud, Professor of Law and Global Affairs and the Director of the Division of Global Affiars, has been elected to the prestigious Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Sciences. This esteemed academy is made up of scholars and scientists from all over the world who demonstrate the highest standards in scholarship, research and education. It's members are nominated by their peers. There are 3,000 members worldwide, 52 of whom are Nobel Laureates.| Read Story
A panel of experts on voting rights discussed challenges to the Voting Rights Act, 50 years after it was made into law as part of Rutgers Law School's First Monday celebration. Professor Frank Askin was honored for his life's work as a professor and constitutional rights lawyer and Yael Bromberg '11, an associate with Common Cause, was presented with the Eric R. Neisser Award. The speakers at the Oct. 7 event included Nan Aron, president and founder of Alliance for Justice; (D-34) ’75; Yael Bromberg ‘11, an associate with Common Cause; ‘03, Advancement Project, and Lorraine Minnite, professor of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University-Camden. Rutgers Law Professor and ‘93, Executive Director of the Center of Constitutional Rights offered moving testimonials about Askin’s extraordinary 50-year career as an educator, lawyer and mentor to generations of civil rights lawyers. Bromberg presented Askin with a donation to the Frank and Marilyn Askin Clinical Education Fund, which was donated by more than 40 public interest fellows.| Read Story
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, professors, scholars, advocates and activists came together at Rutgers Law School for a daylong conference on gender and equality, featuring a video message from Hillary Clinton and a keynote address by author and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. More than 300 people attended the conference and panel discussions, which included talks on pay inequality, LGBTQ issues, and reproductive rights.
In a conversation with Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor, author, activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem talked about building bridges between women to overcome the struggles and barriers they face.
“It never even fails to be life changing when we come together and tell our stories and do our work,” she said, at the Gender Equality Conference “Beijing+20” held at Rutgers Law School in Newark on Friday, September 25.
Speaking to 400 guests at Rutgers Law School, Steinem highlighted the role of women who are working for peace around the world and recounted how in May, she joined 30 women who walked through the De-Militarized Zone that separates from South Korea to North Korea as part of a walk for peace. She talked about women in Liberia and Ireland leading similar peace movements and she also attended several of the day’s panels, where experts from law, academia and non-profit organizations addressed such far-ranging issues as reproductive rights, LGBTQ discrimination, and violence.
The conference was organized by Rutgers Law Professor Suzanne Kim and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the United Nations World Conference on Women, which was held in Beijing in 1995.| Read Story
In the life of Leticia Diaz ’94, support from others is a “very important thing.” Her husband’s support meant everything when they were parents of an infant and a 3-year-old and she wanted to study law. She credits support she received from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, its faculty and her fellow students, for helping her earn her degree. Now Diaz is a law school dean - at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida – and the Rutgers way of doing things has become a powerful guide.
For Diaz, that means offering her students the kind of support that was so helpful for her. “Like Rutgers we have a lot of programs here in academic success. Rutgers had a lot of tutoring and other programs to ensure that we were all successful. I remember attending them and they really helped. So it really is our mission at Barry to ensure that we give each and every student the tools that they need to succeed.”
Barry is also proud of the increasing diversity of its students, which Diaz – the first Cuban-American woman to lead an American Bar Association accredited law school – says she has worked hard to achieve. From 2007 to 2014, minority enrollment nearly doubled, to 47 percent. “Rutgers really placed a premium on diversity,” says Diaz, who participated in Rutgers Law-Newark’s highly regarded Minority Student Program, which remains an inspiration for her. “They made sure they gave all students from all backgrounds the tools they needed to ensure that they were successful in law school, and that is what we do here at Barry as well.”| Read Story
The Council of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar has approved the merger of Rutgers’ law schools into one unified Rutgers Law School with two distinct locations in Camden and Newark, during its annual meeting. In June, the ABA’s Accreditation Committee voted to recommend approval of the proposed merger as did the Rutgers Board of Governors in April.
“We are elated with the ABA’s decision to approve the new Rutgers Law School,” says Acting Co-Dean John Oberdiek. “We believe strongly that our ambitious model allows for increased opportunities for all Rutgers Law students to advance their career searches and to learn from a wider selection of world-class faculty.”
Keenly attuned to the evolving demands of the legal profession and to the need for legal scholarship and education to address the public good, the new Rutgers Law School offers a comprehensive curriculum, propelled by one of the nation’s largest faculties with wide-ranging expertise. The expansive course offerings are made possible through cutting-edge immersive technology currently in place that connects the two locations and brings great legal scholars and students together in real time.
According to Co-Dean and 1983 alumnus Ronald K. Chen, Rutgers Law has a proven tradition of educating diverse new generations of legal professionals for public and private practice. “Rutgers has long provided exceptional and affordable legal educations to its students, but now as a Big Ten law school and a leader in legal education in the Northeast, we are positioned to make an impact on the national legal landscape” says Chen. “Not only will Rutgers Law School continue to further the missions of Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-Camden and the entire Rutgers system, it will serve New Jersey as its public law school.”| Read Story
A book about the Rwandan genocide triggered his interest in the law. Alumni of Rutgers School of Law–Newark praised its faculty and curriculum, confirming for Kevin Kieffer ’13 his first choice when applying to law school. After receiving his J.D., Kieffer decided to apply for a spot in the school’s new Rutgers Law Associates (RLA) Fellowship Program. The country’s first of its kind, RLA offers concentrated skills training for newly-admitted attorneys who provide low-bono legal services in a wide range of practices areas. Of his year-long fellowship, Kieffer says: “Law school taught me how to interpret case law and statutes. Rutgers Law Associates taught me how to be a lawyer.” Now working for Central Jersey Legal Services, Kieffer handles cases far from the international law issues that brought him to Rutgers. But he wouldn’t have it any other way: “I never thought entitlements law/poverty law would be something that piques my interest but I have found it to be extremely interesting and satisfying.” | Read Story
Their combined service of more than 140 years and the affection shown four members of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark community at a dinner to celebrate their retirement show “that institutions are made up of people more than bricks and mortar and curricular polices,” said Dean Ronald K. Chen. Professor Jonathan Hyman has devoted much of his teaching to the Constitutional Rights Clinic, where his litigation includes cases that ended race and sex discrimination in police and fire departments. Hyman also has written and lectured extensively on alternate dispute resolution. Articles by Professor Howard Latin on environmental law, torts and product liability have been included in “best of the year” and “best of all time” collections and cited widely, including by three federal courts of appeals and two state Supreme Courts. Marie Melito, Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, joined the law school in 1967 as a secretary to then Assistant Professor and now Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her service to the school and special connection to Justice Ginsburg received distinctive recognition at commencement. June 2015 | Read Story
A law-related undergraduate class at Rutgers University taught by a passionate civil rights attorney prompted Ellen Santos ’14 to attend law school “to gain the tools necessary to advocate on behalf of others who cannot adequately represent themselves.” At Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Santos’s Business Associations class with Professor Doug Eakeley and his career guidance stoked a growing interest in corporate work. As a student in the Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic, with its focus on corporate and transactional legal services, Santos became even more certain of her preference for transactional work over litigation. That interest in business law along with strong academic credentials and project management skills won her the 2014 HNBA-Prudential Law Fellowship. Santos’s first two years are at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, where partner Miguel Pozo ’98 has been a particularly inspiring role model and mentor. The third year of the fellowship will provide an opportunity to work in Prudential’s Law Department – two valuable experiences for a new lawyer looking forward to transactional practice. May/June 2015 | Read Story
With a New Jersey Supreme Court internship in hand for the summer, Nicholas Mazza, Robert Papazian and Peter Urmston are predictably excited about the academic, professional, and personal growth that the experience will provide. The fact that they will be working together for the same justice – the Honorable Barry T. Albin – adds a special dimension to the internship and their first-year experience at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Mazza, Papazian and Urmston entered Rutgers Law for different reasons and their perspectives reflect an understanding of the diverse ways in which an internship on the State’s top court rewards law students. In anticipation of their summer working together, they have been spending time getting to know each other a little better. While it may be too early to know what they want to do after graduation, the three clearly recognize that law school really can be the foundation of a great legal career in terms of the relationships they build, not just the academics they achieve. March/April 2015 | Read Story
As a high school teacher in her native New Orleans, Gwyneth O’Neill ’14 realized that she wanted to do more for her students – many of whom were disadvantaged and buffeted by the decisions of various bureaucracies – than 90-minute social studies lessons could deliver. “As trite as it sounds, I wanted to make a real difference.” That meant learning how the law worked, which brought her to Rutgers School of Law–Newark where she took every opportunity to gain both doctrinal understanding of and clinical experience in issues of constitutional rights and criminal law. O’Neill, currently serving a federal clerkship in Louisiana, is clear about her professional goal: “to build a career around ensuring that the criminal justice system is administered fairly and equitably.” This summer she will take a major step toward that goal when she enrolls at Georgetown Law as a Prettyman Fellow, the nation’s most prestigious fellowship for anyone interested in criminal trial practice or clinical education focused on criminal justice. February/March 2015 | Read Story
Strive. Excel. Network. Give back. Those verbs used by Anna Maria Tejada ’99 in her advice for current Rutgers School of Law–Newark students reveal as much about the work ethic behind her achievements and the success of her immigrant parents in their pursuit of the American Dream as they do her penchant for mentoring. A partner in Kaufman, Dolowich & Voluck, LLC and director of its New Jersey Labor and Employment Group, Tejada credits the Clinical Program with beginning her education in working with clients and arguing in court. As a student, she also led the launch of Fiesta con Sabor, now a major fundraising and networking event for ALALS, and had her note published, one of the first two by a student, in the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. An appellate clerkship with the Hon. John E. Wallace, Jr. followed by an Equal Justice Fellowship yielded invaluable personal and professional benefits. As immediate past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Tejada continues to lead the mentorship program she began last year. December 2014/January 2015 | Read Story
Three women whose talent and drive have taken them to positions of prominence on the bench, with the private bar, and in the public interest sector were honored by the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association at its annual dinner. Mary Beth Hogan ’90 (left) is senior co-chair of litigation at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. The Honorable Esther Salas ’94 (right) is a judge of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Amy Gottlieb ’96 is associate regional director, northeast region, American Friends Service Committee. In remarks upon accepting their awards, each woman spoke of the distinctive education and experience that characterize a Rutgers–Newark Law education. It is that culture of excellence and service that the Alumni Association also celebrated in presenting the Alumni Association Dinner Scholarship to Wan Cha and the Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship for Public Service to Shashwat Dave, both of the Class of 2015. November/December 2014 | Read Story
Born into a family forced by the Ethiopian Red Terror to flee their home country, Omar Bareentto grew up hearing stories about refugee camps, tortured political prisoners and village raids. The refugee narrative has shaped his values and made him strive for excellence in all aspects of life. He pursued an interest in public policy at Syracuse University and, during a semester in Istanbul, learned first-hand how critical it is for an outsider to adapt to his surroundings. The Minority Student Program, with its history of opening doors to the disadvantaged, and the growing economic and cultural vitality of Newark brought him to Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Bareentto is determined to use his J.D. to help rid the world of the ignorance and hate that contribute to the kinds of ethnic conflicts that targeted his family. “I feel as though their story is my story,” he says, “and I am connected to their trials and tribulations and, in keeping with that, my future success is also by proxy their success.” November 2014 | Read Story
An undergraduate internship experience with the San Francisco Planning Department showed Rachel Moody that a legal education can have broad application and provide an advantage in various work environments. That insight brought her back to New Jersey – whose fast-paced way of life she missed after seven years in California – to pursue a dual degree program at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. The two-degree commitment was an advantage when applying for legal internships, says Moody, and the law curriculum has added depth to her understanding of public policy issues. Moody prizes her five internships, the most recent of which was with the U.S. Department of Justice, for teaching her about the practice of law from varied perspectives and introducing her to a network of dedicated attorneys. In the final year of the four-year program, Moody says that the two degrees fit perfectly into her career goals: “government service, leadership roles, and broad understanding of planning and policy processes.” October 2014 | Read Story
Summer jobs for Rutgers School of Law–Newark students take as many different forms as there are legal practice areas. Students explore new areas of the law and reinforce classroom lessons in positions with the federal, state and local judiciary, private law firms, corporations, government offices, NGOs, and public interest organizations in the metropolitan area and across the country. As a law clerk at Fried Frank, Malika Brown ’15 (shown here) was able to test drive “my dream job” to which she’ll be returning after graduation. Caitlin Miller ’16 found the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights a perfect match for her passion to fight for the underserved. At Lowenstein Sandler Wan Cha ’15 appreciated the diverse assignments and commitment to attorney development. The dedication to representing children that Shashwat Dave ’15 experienced at LAS’s Juvenile Rights Program boosted his determination to practice in that area. What was most rewarding to Linda Lee ’15 were the diverse and substantive assignments and supportive and collegial environment that Bressler afforded. For Tiffany Ornedo ’15, an internship at ACLU-NJ solidified her desire to become a public interest lawyer. August/September 2014 | Read Story
Dance classes since early childhood. Her first decade lived in rural Wisconsin. Parents whose careers centered around efforts to improve the lives of disadvantaged families and children. Much of her youth spent on the East Coast. For Erica Nelson ’07, it was a natural decision to move to New York City after graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in order to pursue her passion for modern dance. But a legal career was always in the back of her mind and, after six years as a professional dancer, Nelson enrolled at Rutgers School of Law–Newark for its clinics, public service opportunities, diversity, and proximity to the life she had created in Brooklyn. An interest in open space preservation and environmental justice issues drew her to environmental law but a summer internship at Lawyers for Children brought a special fulfillment. Three years after receiving her J.D. and working as a public interest lawyer, Nelson and her husband decided to return to Madison where, as project director of Race for Equity, she is helping to lead an important conversation about racial disparities. August 2014 | Read Story
Going to law school was something that Mariel Mercado-Guevara ’15 always knew she would do “one day.” That’s largely due to the example of her father who, after retiring from the U.S. Army, became a Hispanic consumer advisor to the Governor of Maryland. “My late father’s experience showed me how education can empower communities to be a part of the political process and create a more vibrant, knowledgeable, and cohesive community.” But first Mercado-Guevara pursued two degrees in music, performed around the country as a professional opera singer, worked as a realtor and as a community organizer for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, married and had two children, and took a job with a boutique intellectual property law firm to determine whether law school was right for her. She loved the job and a senior attorney’s question, “Have you ever thought about law school?” sealed her decision. At Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where she is a rising 4LE, Mercado-Guevara has, not surprisingly, found herself drawn to IP law. In early June, she participated in the highly-selective Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)/Microsoft IP Law Institute in Washington, DC. July/August 2014 | Read Story
Count yourself lucky to have been born in America, truly a land of opportunity. That oft-repeated declaration by his grandparents was what sparked an interest for Alexander E. Hernandez ’14 in joining the military. Growing up, he came to see the chance both to receive a college degree and serve his country. As a member of the Army ROTC at Fordham University, Hernandez grew more certain that he wanted a career in the military but also became interested in the advocacy that a law degree would enable him to do. He decided to apply for an educational delay from the Army and enrolled at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where be was a co-founder of the Rutgers Veterans Pro Bono Project. The project is modeled after a program started by William S. Greenberg ’67, now a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, when he was at McCarter & English. Hernandez has been accepted into the highly-selective Judge Advocate General’s Corps and in a few months will eagerly report to Fort Benning, Georgia to begin training as a JAG Corps officer. May/June 2014 | Read Story
Passionate about both mentoring and intellectual property law, Rinat Shangeeta ’15 has found ways at Rutgers School of Law–Newark to experience the rewards of both – and in so doing, has won national and state recognition. As president of the Intellectual Property Law Society, she developed and launched a Mentoring Program that paired IP law students with volunteer mentors recruited from law firms and top entertainment industry companies. In March her commitment and dedication to the law school and the practice of law were recognized by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association. The same month she was selected as the winner of the 2014 Mark T. Banner Scholarship, a national award given to one aspiring IP lawyer each year by the Richard Linn American Inn of Court. It’s the kind of recognition that would not have seemed possible to the 17-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh who felt lost in her small-town Virginia high school. An ESL teacher, her first mentor, helped Shangeeta find a talent for math that would lead to a successful career in engineering and an interest in patent law. April/May 2019 | Read Story
Attending law school had been a dormant goal of Samuel Dillon for decades. After completing his B.A. at the University of Minnesota, he applied to law school but elected instead to accept an offer from the Columbia J-School. That decision led to a highly successful career as a journalist, including almost two decades with the New York Times, two Pulitzer Prizes, an award-winning book, and thousands of articles on the people, governments and institutions of two continents. Years spent as a news correspondent in Central and South America at a time when reporters, not human rights activists, were often the ones uncovering stories of rights abuses were gratifying and exhilarating. “In short,” he says, “journalism felt like public service.” Over time changes in the newspaper business eroded that feeling and Dillon, his interest provoked by a report about inadequate representation for detained immigrants in removal proceedings, decided to pursue a new career. At Rutgers School of Law–Newark he has found courses and internships that fit his post J.D. goal of representing needy immigrants. March/April 2014 | Read Story
Growing up in a town in which social justice work and helping others were strongly encouraged instilled in Stephanie Robins ’14 the determination to do her part to fight inequality and injustice. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Robins returned to Dakar, Senegal, where she had spent an undergraduate year studying migration and public health issues. For 18 months she taught English to students and professionals and supervised a cultural program. Living in Senegal she came to realize that, even more than grassroots activism, public interest lawyering has the potential not only to improve people’s lives but also to create lasting change. She chose Rutgers School of Law–Newark based on its reputation for valuing and encouraging public interest work. As our first Immigrant Rights Fellow, Robins has enjoyed numerous opportunities to engage in immigrant rights advocacy and education. Her demonstrated commitment to legal and public policy issues that concern immigrants won her a prestigious post-graduation clerkship with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Honors Program in the Executive Office for Immigration Review. March 2014 | Read Story
“I really do love cities and urban dynamics,” says David Dante Troutt. “I discovered a strong sense of place by living in and fighting for cities, which informs my place-based writing and advocacy today.” Troutt, whose teaching and scholarship at Rutgers School of Law–Newark have focused primarily on issues of race, poverty and economic development, traces diminishing access to the American dream to the “culture of localism.” Excesses of localism-based policies which, he argues in his new book The Price of Paradise: The Costs of Inequality and a Vision for a More Equitable America, is designed to preserve middle-class stability by keeping poor people in place, have led to “inefficiency, fiscal stress, segregation and gross inequity.” Given changing demographics related to migration and fertility, however, what have been mainly problems of the inner cities are now threatening the well-being of first-ring suburbs and beyond. Troutt makes the case that metropolitan equity strategies which allow for the sharing of burdens and benefits on a more regional, less localized basis expand middle-class opportunities for the next generation. January/February 2014 | Read Story
The notable careers of three Rutgers School of Law–Newark graduates were recognized by the Alumni Association at its recent annual dinner. They are: Stuart A. Alderoty ’85, senior executive vice president and general counsel of HSBC North America Holdings Inc.; Rosemary Alito ’78, partner at K&L Gates and co-chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice; and Lois Whitman ’76, founder and former director of the Children’s Rights Division at Human Rights Watch. While the honorees have taken differing paths since receiving their J.D., they share a commitment to excellence and service that Rutgers–Newark Law instills in its students. The Alumni Association, understanding the dinner as an opportunity to salute current students who epitomize the ideals represented by the honorees, presented the Alumni Recognition Dinner Scholarship to Edwin Mercado and the Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship for Public Service to Stephanie Robins, both from the Class of 2014. December 2013/January 2014 | Read Story
Why do so many foreign-born residents of the United States keep their green card status for decades when they could enjoy the advantages of citizenship? Ray A. Mateo ’09 and Bridgit Cusato-Rosa ’11 were students in Professor Alan Hyde’s Immigration Policy Seminar when they independently decided to augment the research on the country’s low naturalization rate by interviewing Dominicans living in New York and New Jersey. “Asking people their reasons for not naturalizing had not been done before,” says Hyde, adding that the students’ papers took the issue beyond cost and inconvenience hurdles and “into the realm of identity.” Mateo (shown above) and Cusato-Rosa are credited as co-authors of Hyde’s article, “Why don’t they naturalize: Voices from the Dominican community?” published this fall in Latino Studies and cited recently in the New York Times. To Mateo, now a deputy attorney general, and Cusato-Rosa, principal of a charter school, both of Dominican ancestry, the research produced new insights into both personal family issues and the larger concept of citizenship. As Hyde says, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, “immigration is not an interesting problem in constitutional or administrative law. It’s our students’ lives.” November 2013 | Read Story
When Steve G. Hockaday was installed as 2013-2014 president of the Garden State Bar Association, he announced that the goal of his tenure was the advancement of two efforts: the Reaching Back As We Climb Mentorship Program and greater outreach to and partnership with other organizations seeking to achieve positive social change. Both efforts draw on skills and values fostered by Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Before law school the Delaware State graduate was a language arts teacher who early on concluded that a J.D. would allow him to broaden his service-oriented work from teenagers to the larger community and further his aim “to live a promise-driven life.” He chose Rutgers–Newark Law for its commitment to the urban community, support of public interest attorneys, tradition of bringing minorities and other historically-disadvantaged and non-traditional students into the legal profession, and extensive clinical program. Now the Essex-Newark Legal Services attorney, whose practice interests are areas that help enhance communities, will apply what he has learned about the power of organizations to achieve social change to his year as head of the state’s oldest special bar association. October/November 2013 | Read Story
The time and single-mindedness required to train for the Olympics can postpone or at least interrupt the most certain career plans. But for Ashley Higginson, a member of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Class of 2015, preparing to run the steeplechase at the 2016 Summer Olympics while also studying full time for a J.D. makes sense. Law school offers a pace change which, with its hurdles and water pits interrupting the flat track, is what drew her to take up the steeplechase. Both also demand the high level of preparation and discipline that Higginson has demonstrated since her Academic All-America years at Princeton. The concurrent pursuit of the two dreams means missing some social events, “confident to say ‘no, I have to go run and then read and then sleep.’” Yet the top American finisher in her event at this summer’s World Championships in Moscow is more than willing to make those sacrifices to put herself in the best position possible for success in a legal career and on the track. September/October 2013 | Read Story
Equipped with varied backgrounds and career interests, Rutgers School of Law–Newark students head in many different directions come summer. Kristin Taylor ’14, for example, experienced diverse practice areas at Lowenstein Sandler, while classmate Alexander Hernandez, recipient of a Public Interest Law Foundation grant, interned for the Army JAG Corps. Harold Brantley Jr. ’15 (above), besides gaining much of practical use interning for Justice Barry Albin, was captivated by the amount of time the justice devoted to teaching and counseling his summer interns. Returning home for a job with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Sascha Rips ’15 left with an even stronger commitment to a public interest-centered career, while Ifeoma Ukwubiwe ’15, in working for the Nassau County DA, got the immersion in criminal prosecution she’s long dreamed about. Angela Yu ’15 found Cisco Systems the ideal summer placement for a JD/MBA candidate; Craig Drachtman ’15, set on becoming a patent attorney, had an invaluable experience at Patterson & Sheridan; and at the Office of the Appellate Defender, PILF grant recipient Michael Woodruff ’14 learned the many issues that can be raised by just one case. August/September 2013 | Read Story
Within a recent six-month period, Rutgers School of Law–Newark clinical professor Laura Cohen was honored for her advocacy on behalf of juvenile criminal defendants by the National Juvenile Defender Center, the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change program and the ACLU-NJ. The recognition was for her substantive contributions on both the state and national levels to the rights of juvenile criminal defendants. Cohen realized in her third year of law school what it was she wanted to do with her J.D.: represent children and teach a clinic. A member of the faculty since 2001, she is director of the Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic and teaches a class in Juvenile Justice. Among the clinic’s docket is parole advocacy on behalf of clients who were convicted of serious crimes when they were teenagers and have served long prison sentences, a unique focus for a law school clinic. Of her job Cohen says: “I’ve been so fortunate to have been able to meld these passions together, particularly at Rutgers, with its deeply-rooted commitments to both clinical education and social justice lawyering.” July/August 2013 | Read Story
Brandon D. Williams followed his dream of playing for the National Basketball Association through seven countries, the minor leagues, and three NBA teams, the highlight of which was a championship run with the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout the journey he prepared for when his pro career would be over – absorbing lessons in leadership from coaches and managers; honing business skills in off-season entrepreneurial ventures; and considering what role he might play in helping to advance the professional, social and personal growth of NBA players. After retiring in 2005, Williams moved into a league office position where he saw that the legal background of senior managers helped them cut to the core of complex issues. Institutional commitment to the public interest, empowerment within the urban community, and the diversity of the student body led him to pursue a J.D. at Rutgers School of Law–Newark while working as NBA associate vice president, basketball operations. With his passion for sports, experience and law degree, Williams sees two logical career paths: NBA general manager or college or university athletic director. July 2013 | Read Story
An investiture, said Rutgers president Robert Barchi at the ceremony installing Douglas S. Eakeley (left) as the first holder of the Alan V. Lowenstein Chair in Corporate and Business Law at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, “is an occasion for celebrating the generosity of the donor family and the brilliance of the recipient – and together, the gift they give to Rutgers.” Alan Lowenstein was a significant presence in the legal and non-profit communities – a businessman, a leading corporate law attorney and a dedicated social justice activist. Roger A. Lowenstein recalled his late father’s intent that the chair be held by a prominent business law practitioner and that it give Rutgers the opportunity to expand its focus on teaching the laws and regulations governing corporations and the commercial bar. Eakeley is nationally recognized both for his success as a commercial litigator and his commitment to increasing legal services for the poor. “There is nobody,” said Lowenstein, “that I could possibly think of who would make my father happier to see in the Alan Lowenstein Chair than Doug Eakeley.” June 2013 | Read Story
Competing in the National Trial Competition final rounds, the Rutgers School of Law–Newark team left San Antonio with National Quarterfinalist honors. Placing fifth overall out of the 28 best mock trial teams in the country – in a competition that began with 320 law school teams vying to advance in regional tournaments – was very gratifying for Kory Ramkawsky (left) and Amanda Ribustello. Two months earlier, Ramkawsky and Ribustello, along with Class of 2013 classmate David Baumwoll, had a historic win in the regional round, becoming the first New Jersey law school ever to advance to the national finals. The increasing excellence of the school’s advocacy program and the dedication of faculty, administrator and alumni coaches were evident in several other regional, national and international moot court competitions this year. Said Ribustello, co-chair with Joseph Lo Galbo ’13 of the Moot Court Board: “Each team’s success has showcased the talent of our students and highlighted Rutgers School of Law–Newark as a real competitor at these competitions.” May/June 2013 | Read Story
One measure of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark commitment to the principles of excellence, opportunity and impact is the school’s integral role in advancing women in the law and addressing gender discrimination by the legal system. Not only was the law school one of the first to enroll women in large numbers and to have women on the faculty, but it also boasts the oldest legal journal in the country devoted to women’s rights law. This year, four of the five main journals are headed by women and, in another measure of the distinctive culture at Rutgers–Newark Law, the Class of 2013 editors-in-chief on three of the journals are also participants in the Minority Student Program. Their routes to law school and the post-graduation plans of EICs Emmy Acevedo, Alba Aviles, Patrina Ozurumba (shown left to right) and Silvia Medina differ but their testimonials to a supportive environment school-wide and a strong MSP community that has helped them to excel are remarkably similar. April/May 2013 | Read Story
Born into a political-minded family and not shy about sharing her opinions on a range of political and cultural issues, Zerlina Maxwell long ago decided that she wanted to go to law school. Rutgers School of Law–Newark, with its stellar reputation and well-known diversity, appealed to her. A part-time student who worked as a litigation paralegal during much of her time as a law student, Maxwell has enjoyed the Rutgers experience. Still, along the way she discovered an alternative to the practice of law that she finds more suited to her talents and energy. Stoked by her work on the first Obama presidential campaign and taken by the broad possibilities of social media, Maxwell plunged into blogging as way to stay involved in political discussions. Once she broke into Twitter, she soon gained recognition as a legitimate voice in the political conversation. Equipped with a J.D. that has sharpened her political commentary skills, Maxwell aims to remain part of that conversation and to help shape public opinion on several issues. March/April 2013 | Read Story
The three graduates whose achievements and contributions to the profession and to society were honored by the Alumni Association at its Annual Recognition Dinner – Hon. Rosemary Gambardella ’79 (shown with Vincent Warren), Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey; Hon. Hazel R. O’Leary ’66, president of Fisk University; and Vincent Warren ’93, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights – have taken very different paths to success in their extraordinary careers. But in accepting their awards, the alumni offered remarkably similar recollections about the teachers and academic experiences that inspired them and the classmates who shared their dedication to excellence. Seeking to recognize current students who best embody the ideals represented by the dinner honorees, the Alumni Association of Rutgers School of Law–Newark also awards two scholarships at its annual dinner. David Baumwoll ’13 accepted the Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship for Public Service and Silvia Medina ’13 received the Alumni Recognition Dinner Scholarship. January/February 2013 | Read Story
As a Patton Boggs Foundation Fellow, Emily Button Aguilar ’14 spent the summer of 2012 in Peru, doing research for the Andean Commission of Jurists (CAJ) on legal protections for indigenous peoples. An earlier two-year stint with an NGO in Peru had made her aware of how marginalized the country’s indigenous population is and steered her towards law school for the tools to effect positive change in the world. Aguilar arrived at CAJ equipped with new research and analytic skills gained during her first year at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and eager to help the organization educate Andean governments, scholars and other groups about indigenous issues. She left more sure than ever of her interest in international human rights law and policy and with a new understanding of the need to strengthen democratic institutions in the region. December 2012/January 2013 | Read Story
Three Rutgers School of Law–Newark students with an interest in intellectual property law gained excellent IP experience last summer as interns at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. This fall, two of those students – Eric Ashbahian ’13 and Dana L. Broughton ’14 – returned to USPTO headquarters to participate in the office’s National Trademark Expo. Through the diligent work of Ashbahian and the strong support of the university’s trademark office and legal counsel, Rutgers became the first university to exhibit at the high-profile event. More than 15,000 expo visitors had the opportunity to see examples of Rutgers’ impressive trademark portfolio and to learn about the importance of trademarks and protecting intellectual property. The Rutgers students returned to campus after two days of networking with others in the field and helping the public understand the value of trademarks with an even stronger interest in pursuing a career in IP law. November/December 2012 | Read Story
For some students, it’s a family experience or a college internship that’s behind the decision to go to law school. For Laura E. Deeks ’13 it was the sight of trees in bloom in what should be the coldest month of the year in New Jersey. The law, she decided, would provide the best preparation for doing something beyond just worrying about the climate change and energy policy issues that so concerned her. With plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English literature or political science and then to teach put aside, Deeks enrolled in Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Recognizing the global aspect of many environmental issues, she took advantage of the opportunity to study international law for a semester at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She couldn’t be happier with the decision to take part in the Leiden Law Courses or to extend the overseas experience with a summer internship in The Hague. October/November 2012 | Read Story
For some Rutgers School of Law–Newark faculty, the summer break means time to make progress on a publication deadline, prepare to teach a new course, catch up on the writings of other scholars or complete a brief. For others, it offers an opportunity to read something a little different from what their teaching and research require they devote attention to during the academic year. It may be a new work of fiction, a long-neglected classic, the autobiography of a Rutgers Law School alumnus that has been recommended by a colleague for its presidential election year relevance, or, as in the case of Professor Diana Sclar (shown here), a couple of richly entertaining histories populated with the kind of outsized personalities whose influence on the law, she is reminded, can sometimes be overlooked in the teaching of legal concepts. August/September 2012 | Read Story
Each year Rutgers School of Law–Newark students finish exams and head off to summer jobs with the judiciary, private law firms, government offices, corporations, NGOs, and public interest organizations around the country and overseas. Some like Raymond Baldino ’13 (shown here), who worked at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, are delighted to find themselves in a perfect match with their particular lawyering interests. Others discover a surprising attraction to a practice area they had never considered. Many who work in an unpaid public interest or public service job are especially grateful for a Rutgers Public Interest Law Foundation grant that made it possible for them to accept their position. Wherever they choose to work, students return to classes each August with new skills, friends and mentors, reinvigorated by the legal and personal experiences of their summer job. August/September 2012 | Read Story
As a student at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Hannah Pennington ’01 co-founded the Domestic Violence Advocacy Project. She clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein, then spent seven years as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. The work was fascinating, both the commercial litigations and government investigations as well as the representation of pro bono clients in domestic violence cases. But public interest law was her real passion, so 10 years after she was introduced as a summer intern to the domestic violence advocacy community, she accepted an offer to head the Sanctuary for Families’ Bronx Legal Project. Recently honored by the New York Legal Assistance Group for her dedication to public service, Pennington is a strong proponent of the value of public and private sector partnerships in providing legal services to the underserved. July/August 2012 | Read Story
When does savvy investing become insider trading? What’s the distinction between witness preparation and witness tampering? Is it stealing to piggyback your neighbor’s wireless connection? Those are the types of questions that absorb Stuart P. Green, newly-named Distinguished Professor at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. In two books and dozens of scholarly writings that have secured his reputation as one of the most influential criminal law theorists, Green has considered what he terms the “moral content” of criminal law, especially of offenses that are described as white-collar crimes. His new book, 13 Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age, takes note of the many changes – in technology, the law, the economy, legal theory – since the last major revisions to theft law and advocates a broad rethinking of what should count as stealing and what types of things can be stolen. June/July 2012 | Read Story
In presenting the Minority Student Program’s 2012 Community Service Award, Jessica Kitson, Associate Director for Career Services, described the recipient as “someone who recognizes that there are people with needs and announces I want to meet those needs.” Kitson, who also is co-director of the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program, was describing Laura Marchini but could have been talking about dozens of others in the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Class of 2012. They are students like Laura Marchini and Timothy D’Arduini (shown here) who are passionate about using the law to advance social justice, committed to serving the public interest, and proud of the school’s support for those focused on a public service career. “With clarity about why they came to law school and a can-do attitude,” says Kitson, “these students have invigorated existing programs, started new programs, and planned other initiatives for the next group of public interest leaders at Rutgers Law to realize.” May/June 2012 | Read Story
When Penny Venetis joined Rutgers School of Law–Newark, she had experience both in complex commercial litigation and in projects focused on human rights abuses, including investigating war crimes in Bosnia and human rights violations in Peru. That kind of experience was what the Constitutional Litigation Clinic sought when it decided to expand the scope of its cases and projects to international human rights. With her scholarship and much of her litigation focused on methods of integrating human rights law into U.S. jurisprudence, Venetis, who is Clinical Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Constitutional Litigation Clinic, has furthered the conversation about an important area of law and enhanced the clinic’s reputation for litigating landmark cases. The New Jersey Law Journal lauded the clinic’s work on the precedent-setting Jama case, a decade-long endeavor by faculty, students and alumni, as “a tribute to the profession.” On an issue with more direct impact on New Jersey residents, Venetis and her students continue to pursue a remedy for unreliable voting machines. April/May 2012 | Read Story
Clinical Professor Jennifer Rosen Valverde and eight law students from the Rutgers School of Law–Newark spent their spring break in and around Beer Sheva, Israel, as part of an exchange opportunity with Ben Gurion University. The purpose of the trip was to learn about children’s rights, identity and advocacy in the country. The group planned to study the Israeli legal system and meet with representatives of social service programs that help the indigent, the marginalized and underserved, such as the Bedouin population, and immigrant populations, including those from Russia and Ethiopia. With the visit coinciding with a period of turmoil in the region, unexpected changes had to be made to the itinerary. Lasting, first-hand lessons in international human rights law and policy replaced some planned classroom lectures. For the Rutgers students, whose backgrounds reflect the diversity of the law school community, the experience forged enduring bonds both among each other and with the Israeli students. March/April 2012 | Read Story
Once Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. was selected as the 13th member of the bipartisan New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission, he tapped Vice Dean Ronald Chen to serve as his counsel. They, in turn, seeing a considerable learning opportunity for future lawyers, recruited upper-class students from the law schools at Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden to provide legal counsel services and general recommendations. Over a period of close to four months, 20 Rutgers law students helped guide the commission to its adoption of a new map of 12 congressional districts (one fewer than that mandated by the 2000 census) of equal population. Political figures on both sides of the aisle acknowledged the value of their work. As for the students, the experience taught academic as well as practical lessons. Not only did they learn the legal principles of redistricting but, called on to advocate effectively for a position regardless of whether they agreed with it ideologically, they also grew as legal thinkers. February/March 2012 | Read Story
On a week-long trip to the Dominican Republic, 13 Rutgers School of Law–Newark students helped build a home for a local family and establish a non-profit that will send physical therapists to underserved communities around the world. The concept for the Winter Session grew out of an earlier service trip to the country by Associate Dean Andy Rothman ’90 and his wife, Dr. Beth Rothman, a college professor and long-time physical therapist. The Rothmans envisioned a return trip with students from the law school, UMDNJ, and NJIT that would combine clinical training and education with community building and construction. After working on “the build” with people from the village, Rutgers students studied non-profit corporations law, Dr. Rothman and the UMDNJ students treated villagers with various physical impairments and injuries, and the NJIT team explored introducing new technologies that would improve public health. In working to develop the new non-profit, the law students experienced “collaborative lawyering” in a way not possible in the traditional classroom. January/February 2012 | Read Story
For so many reasons, it is fitting that Twila Perry has won the 2012 Clyde Ferguson Award from the Minority Groups Section of the Association of American Law Schools. The award recognizes “an outstanding teacher, who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship.” The award is particularly intended for law professors “who have provided support, encouragement and mentoring to colleagues, students and aspiring legal educators.” Professor Perry is one of the premier legal scholars in the country on issues of race and family law and a pioneer in her insightful writing about transracial adoption. A member of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark faculty for 28 years, she is a dedicated professor who clearly enjoys teaching Torts to first-year students as much as she does her electives of Family Law, Children and the Law, and Race, Gender and Tort Law to upper-level students. However, it is in the area of public service – to the law school as an advocate and leader on student and faculty diversity issues, to the academy as a collegial mentor of junior scholars, to minorities and communities of color as a champion of social justice – that Professor Perry most clearly exemplifies the ideals of the Ferguson Award. December 2011/January 2012 | Read Story
The four recipients of 2011 Alumni Association awards represent “the very best of Rutgers School of Law–Newark alumni,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. Now in the private sector, Hon. Louis J. Freeh ’74 was previously a special agent with the FBI, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a U.S. District Court Judge, and Director of the FBI. As a Deputy Attorney General, Joseph A. Hayden, Jr. ’69 tried the first wiretap case brought by the State and in private practice has tried high-profile criminal cases in state and federal court involving political corruption, fraud, environmental offenses, and homicide. Justin P. Walder ’61, who has focused his practice on white-collar criminal defense, has served on numerous U.S. District Court and New Jersey Supreme Court Committees and frequently been honored for his professionalism and dedication to the law. Sara Manzano-Diaz ’84 has spent her career in public service advocating on behalf of working-class families, women, and girls. November/December 2011 | Read Story
More than 300 federal, state, administrative, and military court judges from 26 countries as well as legal scholars and attorneys gathered in Newark from October 12–16 for the 33rd Annual Conference of the National Association of Women Judges. Eight alumnae of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, led by Hon. Sue Pai Yang ’84 (shown at right), conference chair, and Senior Associate Dean Fran Bouchoux ’87 (left), co-chair, played an essential role in planning and organizing the four-day program. Keynote speakers were Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Hon. Luis CdeBaca, U.S. Ambassador on Human Trafficking; and Hon. Alice C. Hill, Senior Counselor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary. Topics at the conference symposium, which was held at the law school on October 14, and at other programs at venues throughout Newark ranged from ending violence against women and ensuring economic equality for women in a global society to cross-cultural issues in the courts and effective leadership styles for judges. October/November 2011 | Read Story
In early summer, when Rutgers Law Review began an update and redesign of its website, journal editors could not imagine that the new site (www.rutgerslawreview.com) would record almost seven million hits within days of its launch. That intense interest was due to the Law Review’s unprecedented publication of the audio monograph A New Type of War: The Story of the FAA and NORAD Response to the September 11, 2001 Attacks. The monograph, a draft of which had been prepared for the 9/11 Commission, is a narrative with audio clips embedded into the text of conversations between key civilian and military aviation personnel related to the hijackings. Publication of the monograph continues a dialogue about the discrepancy between legal doctrine and the reality of the fight against transnational terrorism that the Law Review began with its February 2011 symposium. In presenting to the public for the very first time a piece of history that is vital to our understanding of what happened on 9/11, the Law Review has broken new ground for law school journals. September/October 2011 | Read Story
Summer finds Rutgers School of Law–Newark students in jobs that reflect the varied experiences, talents, and career interests of our student body. Each year Rutgers students explore new areas of the law and reinforce what they’ve learned in the classroom while working for members of the New Jersey and federal judiciary and in private law firms, government offices, NGOs, and public interest organizations in the metropolitan area, across the country, and around the world. Many who take unpaid public interest/public service jobs receive support from a Rutgers Public Interest Law Foundation grant. Some students return to campus more certain than ever of what they want to do with their J.D., while others, such as Craig Dashiell ’13 (shown here), return with fresh ideas about the variety of legal work they may experience as a member of the Bar. All have acquired new insights into the practice of law, have sharpened their skills, and gained new friends and mentors in the legal community. September 2011 | Read Story
Thinking about the coming academic year, Professor Jon Dubin eagerly looks forward to welcoming a new group of clinic students, helping to develop an Immigrants Rights Clinic, and continuing to nurture the advocacy and scholarship of the clinical faculty. Dubin has guided the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Clinical Program since 2002, a period in which clinic faculty and their students, who learn critical lawyering skills as they also “do good,” have provided hundreds of thousands of hours of free services to indigent and under-represented individuals and communities. It has also been a period of greater cross-fertilization of clinical and classroom courses and faculty as the school’s Clinical Scholar Series has furthered a greater integration of the clinical faculty into the law faculty community. Despite funding pressures and a legal challenge to the program that has national implications for clinical education, Dubin is upbeat in describing his administrator, teacher, and advocate hats as “an exhilarating mix of synergistically supportive functions.” August 2011 | Read Story
“Hard work and determination” are what the Honorable Esther Salas instructs law students who ask her advice on achieving a rewarding career. Those attributes only partially explain the striking career trajectory of Judge Salas, newly confirmed by a unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate to the U.S. District Court for New Jersey. Intellect, passion, a commitment to public service, and a can-do attitude exemplified by the “No Whining” sign in her office are also behind what New Jersey’s United States Senator Robert Menendez ’79 called a “historic nomination.” At Rutgers School of Law–Newark, the Minority Student Program equipped Judge Salas with the strength to pursue her professional goals and her interest in criminal law flourished. Said Senator Menendez: “Her story is testament to the quality of education that Rutgers provides its students and the important role it plays in forming the next generation of leaders in our state.” July 2011 | Read Story
Each year about one quarter of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark graduating class consists of students who have attended evening classes while holding a full-time job for most if not all of their four years. To succeed, they depend on understanding bosses and co-workers as well as especially supportive family and friends. To participate in law school life beyond the classroom, they sacrifice time with children, the opportunity for career advancement or overtime pay, lunch breaks and vacation days, hobbies – not to mention sleep. Three members of the 2011 evening class exemplify the exceptional determination, strong support network, and absolute commitment of our evening students. Eric Sposito (left), a printing pressman, had three papers published while in law school and received a prized position in the National Labor Relations Board Honors Program. Michael Coco, an emergency room nurse who is headed to a New Jersey Supreme Court clerkship, was on Law Review and a Saul Tischler Scholar. Rachel Rodriguez, a probation officer who was on Law Review and the Moot Court Board, also will clerk for the New Jersey Supreme Court. June 2011 | Read Story
Elizabeth Warren ’76 has been named by Time magazine one of the 100 most influential people in the world and by the National Law Journal as one of the most influential lawyers of the decade. Warren, the Rutgers School of Law–Newark 2011 Commencement Speaker, has merged a scholarly focus on bankruptcy and commercial law with public policy considerations to become a leading academic consumer advocate on banking issues. For the past eight months she has served as a special advisor to President Obama in charge of getting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – for which she has long advocated – up and running. Just as Warren can readily identify the source of her interest in bankruptcy and commercial law – the late Rutgers Professor Allan Axelrod, famous for bringing clarity and humor to subjects traditionally thought of as dry – so too can Chrystin Ondersma. A teaching assistant to Warren while at Harvard Law School, Rutgers Assistant Professor Ondersma has followed her former law professor into teaching bankruptcy and commercial law. May/June 2011 | Read Story
Thinking about the amount of student writing that is done in law school and how little of it is published, Nicole Barna (center in photo) decided to find a way to help her classmates at Rutgers School of Law–Newark extend the life of their scholarship. With strong support from Dean John Farmer and Associate Dean John Leubsdorf, the Student Publishing Initiative which Barna founded recruited volunteers for a peer and faculty editing review process, obtained access to an online submission service for legal scholars, and organized meetings to show students how best to submit their work. In just a short period of time, four students had articles accepted for publication in outside legal journals. The success of the endeavor is “one more indication of our students’ ability and motivation,” says Leubsdorf. May 2011 | Read Story
Cicero H. Brabham Jr. was the kind of kid who, after playing with a toy for a while, took it apart to see how it worked. And Ms. Gully was the kind of high school teacher who, when Brabham’s fascination with how things worked had moved on to electronics, recognized his programming aptitude and encouraged him to apply to college – not a regular practice in his tough neighborhood. Degrees in computer science not only took Brabham out of Brooklyn but launched a two-decade career in technology development and management on three continents. Rutgers School of Law–Newark was a clear-cut first choice when he decided to pursue a J.D. – for the diversity he had come to appreciate in his travels and the opportunity to work on IP matters in the Community Law Clinic. Now the father of four is ready to combine his new legal knowledge and skills with his IT and business experience to protect the intellectual property rights of innovators like those who captured his youthful imagination. April 2011 | Read Story
The impetus to engage, understand, and give voice to the ordinary citizens as well as organized activists who struggle against government repression and religious extremism is what motivates Rutgers School of Law–Newark Professor Karima Bennoune in her legal scholarship and advocacy. Her research and human rights field missions have taken her to North Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, informing both her widely-cited writing and teaching of public international law, terrorism and international law, international women’s human rights, and international protection of human rights. Just back from observing Algeria’s pro-democracy protests, Bennoune spoke in her Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Lecture of the need for “a more courageous politics” in the struggle against fundamentalism and for democracy and social justice. March 2011 | Read Story
In a little more than seven years, Glen Cheng has spent a semester at one of Japan’s top universities and another semester at Oxford; graduated magna cum laude with a degree in biology from a B.S./M.D. program; received his Doctor of Medicine degree and license to practice medicine in the State of New York; and satisfied most of the requirements for his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Although the study of medicine and law have occupied a good deal of his waking hours, he has not ignored other interests, including philosophy and, more specifically, the philosophy of art. In a winning entry to a writing competition sponsored by the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, Cheng suggests a solution to the difficulty that many creators of modern art have in copyrighting their work. February/March 2011 | Read Story
The attacks on 9/11, and the nation’s response to them, have challenged both the structure and the substance of the law governing national security. For its 2011 annual symposium on February 3 and 4, the Rutgers Law Review has brought together a top-notch group of experts to consider the unsettled foundations and uncertain outcomes of the struggle against transnational terrorism and suggest the way toward a rule of law adapted to the new reality. “The upcoming 10th anniversary of 9/11 was certainly one impetus for selecting this topic,” says Sean Mullen ’11, Law Review editor-in-chief, “but we were also excited to have the chance to work with Dean John Farmer and draw on his expertise in the field of national security law. With his help, we have assembled a group of speakers and panelists who represent all sides of the national security debates our country has engaged in over the last decade.” Speakers include military personnel engaged in counter-terrorism, academics who specialize in national security law, and several current and former members of the federal and state government who have grappled with national security issues. February 2011 | Read Story
Raised to believe that what a person does for, and with, others who are less fortunate is the measure of that person’s worth, Kyle Smiddie decided that a joint J.D./M.S.W. program would best equip him to advocate for the poor and powerless – a population he knew well from his childhood in rural Appalachia. Learning about the Rutgers School of Law–Newark commitment to serve students “who were not simply the fortunate ones” sealed his decision to apply to Rutgers. “I knew this was the environment where I wanted to come to learn about justice.” In May Smiddie will receive his J.D. from the law school and his M.S.W. from the Rutgers School of Social Work. It’s then on to Washington, DC and a job with the U.S. Department of Justice’s prestigious Honors Program where the opportunity to learn to litigate “from the inside” on behalf of vulnerable populations fulfills a long-held dream. January/February 2011 | Read Story
As founder and director of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, Lois Whitman has seen first-hand some of the most horrific abuses of fundamental human rights to which children around the world are subjected. From child soldiers to HIV/AIDS to refugees and migrants, the exploitation and neglect are daunting. But Whitman didn’t decide, after years as a social worker, to come to Rutgers School of Law–Newark to feel powerless in the face of disturbing challenges. She became a lawyer to make a difference in the lives of the indigent and those without access to justice and, in leading the investigative and advocacy work of the Children’s Rights Division, she has helped improve the conditions of children around the world. She has also, in her generous support of the law school’s LRAP, helped other Rutgers graduates pursue a commitment to public service. December 2010/January 2011 | Read Story
“Animal welfare laws ensure the economically efficient use of animal property and not much more,” says Rutgers School of Law–Newark Professor Gary Francione. He has little patience for welfarists whose focus on reducing suffering, he argues, only perpetuates the fundamental immorality of animal use. The abolitionist approach to animal rights that Francione developed requires an end to the property status of all sentient non-humans and a recognition of animals as legal persons. In his latest book The Animal Rights Debate: Abolition or Regulation?, he states that ethical veganism – the rejection of all animal products – and not laws that increase animal protection nor violence is the way to achieve the abolitionists’ goals. Francione sees a vegan world as both possible and necessary. A vegan for almost three decades and a professor of animal rights law for more than 25 years, he’s optimistic about recent changes in social thinking about animal ethics. November/December 2010 | Read Story
The graduates honored by the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association at its 2010 Annual Recognition Dinner “remind us of what Rutgers Law School has been, and point us toward what it can become,” said Dean John J. Farmer, Jr. Hon. Patricia K. Costello ’78, distinguished for her service on the bench, is also a teacher of judges and court staff and a mentor to young lawyers and law students. Hon. Oliver B. Quinn ’75, who continues his close relationship with Rutgers as a member of the MSP Legacy Alumni Campaign Committee, has provided leadership in a wide range of public, private and academic positions. William S. Greenberg ’67, a top litigator and retired Brigadier General, has led efforts to help New Jersey’s military reservists obtain the services and benefits to which they are entitled. Recognizing current excellence, the Alumni Association also awarded special scholarships to Natalae Anderson ’11 and Brett Pugach ’11. October/November 2010 | Read Story
A year ago the Student Bar Association (SBA) decided that selling merchandise with the Rutgers School of Law–Newark logo could accomplish two goals: give students and alums a way to flaunt pride in their school and raise money for the ever more ambitious programming of student groups. Done right, the venture could become a fixture in the life of the school. This year’s SBA took that nascent idea for an online store, developed a business plan, polled students to find a catchy name, and held a splashy opening – with ribbon-cutting by Jorge Estrada ’10 (left) and Robert Colby (’11) – for an actual store in the school to complement its online presence. One hundred percent of the profits from sales of mugs, hoodies, T-shirts and other merchandise goes to support student-sponsored symposia, panel discussions, and similar events. More items from law student groups will be added soon. October 2010 | Read Story