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David Baumwoll

It’s to be a life in public service for David Baumwoll after graduating law school in 2013. He’s already on his way.

He spent two years as an elementary school teacher in Newark, through Teach for America, after graduating from Tufts University with a B.A. in political science and psychology. Inspired by his teaching experiences, he proposed an education program to Newark Mayor Cory Booker and was subsequently recruited to lead a similar citywide initiative called the Mayor’s Achievement Challenge.

Then the New Jersey native earned a master’s in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was president of the student body and also chaired a conference aimed at introducing Boston youth to public service.

He decided on a career in law, rather than teaching, because he wanted “to have an impact in a different way.” When it was time to pick a law school, Baumwoll had an easy decision. “Rutgers Law has a reputation for a public service focus, and I want my legal career to focus on public service.” What’s more, he preferred R-N’s urban locale. “I don’t want to learn law in a bubble. You’re part of the real world here.” At Rutgers Law, Baumwoll is the co-chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation and an associate editor on Rutgers’ Race and the Law Review. Baumwoll’s career goal: To be a prosecutor so he can help make communities safer for the people who live in them.

Currently he is serving as an Eagleton Fellow, working in the New Jersey Senate Majority Office as a Henry J. Raimondo Legislative Fellow.  Last summer Baumwoll was a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York and will be interning with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office this summer.