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Andy RothmanAndy Rothman, Managing Attorney, is an associate dean at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, where he has taught for the past 18 years, and is responsible for development and management of the Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program, coordinating its educational component and serving as Managing Attorney of its law firm. Dean Rothman holds a B.A. from Yale, an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Following graduation from Rutgers Law, he practiced in the private sector for several years before joining the law school as the dean of student affairs, while also teaching courses including New Jersey Practice, Professional Responsibility, Non-Profit Corporations, and Advanced Contracts. He also has taught Advanced Contracts, Appellate Advocacy and Evidence, and for several years taught in the school’s Community Law Clinic. Dean Rothman serves on the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee. He is the author of “Preparing Law School Graduates for Practice: A Blueprint for Professional Education Following the Medical Profession Example” (51 Rutgers L. Rev. 875, 1999) and is co-author of the annual The Handbook of Civil Practice in the Courts of New Jersey (2004 to present, George T. Bisel Company, Inc.).

Heidi BramsonHeidi Bramson worked in the field of HIV prevention, with a particular focus on the drug-using community, for over a decade. She has experience in public health research design and management, as well as community-based outreach and organizing. Heidi's interests are in public health law and policy, with an emphasis on racial and economic health disparities, drug policy, and women’s health. Heidi obtained her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark and a M.P.H. from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was a member of the Rutgers Conflict Resolution Law Journal and a student in the Community Law Clinic.

Tabitha ClarkTabitha Y. Clark concentrates her practice in landlord/tenant, family, and criminal law. Prior to her admission to the Fellowship Program, Tabitha was a member of Cory Booker’s 2013 campaign for the U.S. Senate. At the conclusion of her Fellowship, Tabitha plans to continue developing her practice areas and contribute to sentencing policy reform. Tabitha holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark, and a B.A. from Temple University in political science and Spanish language and literature.

Whitney EnglishWhitney English received her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark and her B.A. in journalism and mass communication with a minor in history from New York University. Prior to law school, Whitney had a career in human resource management and marketing communications. She worked for Credit Suisse and the New York City Department of Education. During law school, she interned at AT&T and served as an Education Pioneers Fellow at the New York City Department of Education. Whitney was also a managing editor of the Rutgers Law Record, a recipient of the Association of Black Women Lawyers Scholarship Award, and a member of the Minority Student Program Student Committee. She was a student in the Special Education Clinic and Community Law Clinic. During her final year of law school, Whitney was awarded an Eagleton Fellowship from the Rutgers Eagleton Institute of Politics, completing her fellowship placement at the New Jersey Office of Attorney General – Division of Consumer Affairs. Whitney’s legal interests include labor law, school law, special education law, legislative advocacy and mediation.

Kevin KieferKevin Kieffer graduated from Rutgers University–New Brunswick in 2008 with a dual major in history and political science. After graduating he worked as a paralegal through Update Legal, assisting in defense side asbestos litigation from 2008 until 2010. While attending Rutgers School of Law–Newark, Kevin gained valuable experiencing interning in the Family Court and the Office of the Attorney General for the State of New Jersey Consumer Fraud Division. Kevin currently handles consumer fraud and family law cases in the Rutgers Law Associates Fellowship Program. Kevin is conversant in Spanish.

Dan PetersenDan Petersen attended the Honors College at Rutgers University–Newark and obtained his B.S. in criminal justice. He worked as a business development professional in the logistics and warehousing industries. He obtained his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Following graduation, he was a volunteer attorney at Essex-Newark Legal Services practicing pro bono landlord/tenant law.

Val WerseValerie Werse worked at several museums and historic sites prior to law school. Since then, she has interned at the ACLU of New Jersey and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office as part of the Human Trafficking Prevention and Prosecution Project. In law school she participated in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic and the Immigrant Rights Clinic., and was managing articles editor for the Rutgers Computer and Technology Law Journal. Her student note “‘A Lengthy, Uncertain, and Expensive Process’: A Comparison of Types of Expungement from DNA Databases of Arrestees” was published in the journal’s Spring 2013 issue. Valerie holds a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark, an M.A. in public history from Central Connecticut State University, and a B.A. in history and classics from Gettysburg College. Valerie’s practice interests include immigration, criminal law, and constitutional law.