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A future “people’s lawyer”

Gwyneth O’Neill anticipates earning her law degree in May 2014 from the School of Law-Newark.  The Bloomfield resident hopes to use her legal knowledge to be a “people’s lawyer.” Here are her reflections about her law school years.

Aspirations: In short, I hope to be what Arthur Kinoy called a “people’s lawyer” – an advocate who uses their legal education to effect meaningful change.  To start, I hope to work toward ensuring that that the criminal justice system is administered fairly and equitably.

Activities & interests: Constitutional Litigation Clinic, Criminal & Youth Justice Clinic, Rutgers Law Review

Favorite class or professor at RU-N: Honestly, it is hard to choose just one, but if pressed I would say Laura Cohen, the Director of the Criminal & Youth Justice Clinic.  She is a brilliant lawyer, a great educator and a personal inspiration. 

Biggest challenge at RU-N: Finding the time to do and accomplish everything I wanted to in three short years.

“Tweetable” advice to incoming freshmen (140 characters or less): Don’t spend too much time on twitter. Pick up a book.

Expressions of gratitude: To the many who have personally helped me get to this place, I am eternally grateful for your endless support.  However, special thanks to Norma, Gina & Quin in the clinics, and Professors (Frank) Askin, (Stuart) Green, (Laura) Cohen, and (George) Thomas.