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A champion of civil and human rights

Ronald K. Chen has repeatedly demonstrated his willingness to stand up for civil and human rights, even when doing so might not be popular. His broad range of expertise extends from civil and individual rights to commercial speech to Constitutional law to Megan’s law. Over the last several years he has argued a number of high-profile cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Third Circuit, ranging from the Constitutionality of Megan’s law, government religious displays, New Jersey’s hate crimes statute, and New Jersey kosher enforcement regulations. Chen serves on both the national and New Jersey affiliate boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, and is on the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal.

Chen also is a member of the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics, the Third Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee, and the N.J. Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions.

Not all of Chen’s pursuits are related to the law; he is vice president of the U.S. Rowing Association, and was part of the international rowing jury at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

He received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, and his J.D. degree with high honors from Rutgers School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Rutgers Law Review. He joined the Rutgers faculty in 1987 after an association with the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

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