Commencement 2013 Speakers
Rutgers University is pleased to welcome Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and Rutgers-Newark alumnus, as convocation speaker for the School of Law—Newark.
As executive director, Warren oversees the groundbreaking litigation and advocacy matters of CCR, a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the constitutional rights of individuals. Under Warren’s leadership, CCR uses international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenges racial, gender and LGBT injustices; and combats the illegal expansion of United States presidential power and policies such as illegal detentions at Guantanamo Bay, rendition, and torture.
Prior to his tenure at CCR, Warren was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where his civil rights litigation focused on affirmative action, racial profiling, and criminal justice reform. Prior to the ACLU, Warren monitored South Africa's historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York.
A 1993 graduate of the Rutgers School of Law—Newark, Warren worked in the law school’s Constitutional Law Clinic and Women’s Rights Clinic and served as articles editor of the Women’s Rights Law Reporter. He was the first student at the law school to receive a public interest fellowship named after Arthur Kinoy. Now known as the Kinoy-Stavis Fellowship, the fellowship honors two of the founders of CCR. In recognition of his civil rights activism, in 2012, Warren received the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service from the Alumni Association of the Rutgers School of Law—Newark.