Two Leading Public Servants and Rutgers Law Alums to Be Honored at “Jazz for Justice”
The Association of Black Law Students (ABLS) at Rutgers School of Law–Newark will recognize the achievements of Hon. Nia H. Gill ’75, who represents the 34th Legislative District in the New Jersey State Senate, and Hon. Dwayne D. Warren ’91, Mayor of the City of Orange Township, at the organization’s 22nd annual Jazz for Justice evening of dinner and music.
The event will take place on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at The Loft in Montclair beginning at 6:30 pm. Proceeds will support the ABLS Wanda Green Endowed Scholarship, which is intended to benefit a Rutgers Law School student affected by the events of September 11, 2001 or Hurricane Katrina.
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Sen. Gill began her career in government and law as a legislative aide to the late State Senator Wynona Lipman. She served four terms in the New Jersey State Assembly before being elected to the State Senate in 2001. She is Senate president pro tempore, chair of the Commerce Committee, and the first woman and the first African American to sit on the Judiciary Committee. Sen. Gill has sponsored numerous laws – in areas ranging from health insurance to business development to human trafficking – that have provided greater protections and opportunities to New Jersey residents. For her efforts as a state legislator, she was honored in Selma, Alabama as one of the “100 Women in the 20th Century” who have contributed to the struggle for civil rights.
Dwayne Warren began his career as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Keith D. Bloom of the New Jersey Superior Court. He served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office for several years before entering private practice. He focused his practice on municipal government law, employment law, election law, and civil rights law. A former Municipal Court Judge in the Orange Municipal Court, he was the Orange council’s legislative research officer before his election in May 2012 as Mayor of Orange.