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“‘The Morning After’: Issues Facing the Post-Election Nation” Topic of November 5 Neisser Public Interest Program

November 03, 2008 – 
Legal and policy issues regarding the war in Iraq, the nation’s economic crisis, and tactics to sell military service to high school students will be the focus of “‘The Morning After’: Issues Facing the Post-Election Nation,” to be held on Wednesday, November 5, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. The event, which will start at 4 pm, is sponsored by the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Program. Under the direction of Clinical Professor Laura Cohen and Jessica Kitson, associate director for career services, the Neisser Program sponsors events for the law school community about important social justice issues and exposes students to careers in public interest advocacy. 

Speakers will include Professor Frank Askin and his students in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic, which has challenged the constitutionality of the Iraq war in federal district court; Professor Anna Gelpern, an expert on debt restructuring and managing financial crises, on the state of the U.S. economy; and Clinical Professor Penny Venetis, on the new report “Targeting Youth: What Everyone Should Know About Military Recruiting in Public High Schools,” prepared by her students in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic. 

Following the presentations, Donita Judge ’03, staff attorney with the Advancement Project’s Power and Democracy team, will receive the 2008 Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Award. The award recognizes outstanding public service by a Rutgers Law School graduate who participated in the Constitutional Litigation Clinic. Judge has been a member of the Power and Democracy team since 2004 and is Advancement Project’s state lead attorney covering Ohio. During law school, she served as editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review, was a Kinoy/Stavis Public Interest Fellow, and an NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Earl Warren Scholar. Before joining Advancement Project, Judge was a clerk for Judge Michelle Hollar-Gregory in New Jersey Superior Court–Newark.

What:  “‘The Morning After’: Issues Facing the Post-Election Nation,” and presentation of the Eric R. Neisser Public Interest Award 
Who:  Speakers: Professor Frank Askin; Bennet Zurofsky, Reitman Parsonnet, P.C.; Professor  Anna Gelpern; Clinical Professor Penny Venetis. Neisser Public Interest Award winner: Donita Judge ’03 
When:  4 – 5:30 pm, Wednesday, November 5, 2008 
Where:  Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark