Launch of "The Ron Rice Lecture Series on Criminal Justice and Public Policy" -- Tues., Nov. 11, 4-6 pm

Media are invited to cover this event.
Limited seating is available for the general public (100 seats only); pre-registration is required.

The Honorable Ronald L. Rice is the featured speaker of the inaugural presentation of the lecture series named in his honor, The Ron Rice Lecture Series on Criminal Justice and Public Policy. A dedicated alumnus of Rutgers University—Newark, Sen. Rice earned his master’s degree from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in 1986 and attended Rutgers School of Law—Newark. To coincide with the 40th anniversary of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, Sen. Rice’s presentation titled, “Race, Criminal Justice, and Newark,” will focus on the state of crime and race relations in the city of Newark over the 40-year period commencing 1974.

Once a year, the sponsors of The Ron Rice Lecture Series will invite one or more distinguished speakers to appear before an audience of 100-200 guests to shed light on current hot topics in the area of criminal justice and the public policies related thereto.

The Honorable Ronald L. Rice is a senator of the New Jersey State Legislature, 28th Legislative District. First elected to the state legislature by special election in 1986, Sen. Rice has since been reelected to seven additional terms. As one of New Jersey’s senior ranking state senators, he has served as assistant majority leader, associate minority leader, assistant deputy minority leader, and assistant majority leader. He currently is co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Public Schools, vice chair of the Community and Urban Affairs Committee, and a member of the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. He has sponsored or supported legislation that has brought millions of dollars of state aid into his district to address education, crime, economic, infrastructure, and quality of life issues. Sen. Rice currently is chair of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, a group of state legislators that advocates for the human and civil rights of its constituencies. A Vietnam veteran, he served as a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-1970. He was a law enforcement officer for the Newark Police Department from 1972-1980, a Newark city councilman from 1982-1998, and the deputy mayor of Newark from 2002-2006.  An alumnus of Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (MS ‘86), Sen. Rice is the first African-American Rutgers graduate elected to the New Jersey State Senate. To learn more about Sen. Rice, click here.

Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University—Newark
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice
Rutgers School of Law—Newark
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Alumni Association
Rutgers School of Law—Newark Alumni Association
Office of Alumni Relations, Rutgers University—Newark

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 4-6 pm

Rutgers University-Newark
Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Baker Trial Courtroom – 1st Floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Event Contacts:
This event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. To register, email RUNrsvp123@gmail no later than Wednesday, Nov. 5.  For more information, call Taylor Porter at 973-353-3311 or Lincoln Farquharson at 973-353-5541.

Media Contacts:
Helen Paxton,, or Ferlanda Fox Nixon,, of the Office of Communications, 973-353-5262