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

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

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Rutgers Law School Celebrates Giving Day December 1

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

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Rutgers Re-Dedicates Former Law School Building

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.

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.

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Attorney Who Helped Investors Discusses Madoff Case at Rutgers Law

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.

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Legislative Open House Focuses on Alternatives to Mass Incarceration

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. 

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Co-Dean Ronald Chen with U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman


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President Obama Calls for Justice System Changes During Visit to Rutgers

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.

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President Barack Obama


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