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Public Interest Lawyer with More Than 20 Years' Experience in Clinical Legal Education

Jon C. Dubin is associate dean for clinical education, professor, and Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar at the School of Law—Newark where he teaches courses in administrative law, civil rights law, and poverty law. He also is a faculty member of the Civil Justice Clinic.

Dubin joined Rutgers School of Law—Newark in 1999. Three years later, he was named director of the school’s clinical program. In recognition of enhancing the clinical curriculum and expanding access to legal assistance for underrepresented individuals and communities, Dubin was appointed associate dean for clinical education in 2010.

Dubin’s scholarship has focused on the administration and scope of social welfare programs and, in particular, the social security disability programs. He has also written about land use planning in low-income communities of color and the design and pedagogy of clinical legal education programs. His writings have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal and the SMU Law Review, among other journals, and have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and several U.S. Courts of Appeal. He is also co-author of four editions of a major treatise, Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (Thomson/Reuters/ West Publishing Co., 2011-2014 eds.).

In 2012, Dubin was appointed to the Administrative Conference of the United States Social Security Disability Adjudication Project Working Group. He has chaired the Association of American Law Schools’ Poverty Law Section and served as a board member of the National Center on Law and Economic Justice (formerly Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law), the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, the Clinical Law Review, and the Clinical Legal Education Association.

Dubin is the recipient of several national and other awards for his scholarship and service. Honors include: the 2002 Edgar and Jean Cahn Award from the National Equal Justice Library for writing one of the most outstanding articles about access to justice for low income persons published in the 20th century; the 2014 Clinical Legal Education Association award for outstanding contributions on behalf of clinical teachers; and the 2014 Eileen P. Sweeney award from the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives for outstanding service to improve the quality and availability of advocacy for social security claimants and to improve the social security adjudicative process.

Dubin received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his juris doctor from New York University. He served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge John L. Kane Jr.; assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; director of litigation for the Harlem Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, Civil Division; and the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow on the American Civil Liberties Union’s national staff. Immediately prior to joining the Rutgers University–Newark law faculty, Dubin was a professor of law and director of clinical programs at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, where he received the faculty award for teaching excellence.