Law School Alumnae Awarded Rutgers Medal

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Co-dean Ronald K. Chen, far left, and Dean Jan Ellen Lewis of the College of Arts and Sciences, congratulate Rutgers Medal winner Donita Judge '03.

As Rutgers University celebrated its 250th birthday, two graduates of Rutgers Law School in Newark were awarded the Rutgers Medal at a celebration with Chancellor Nancy Cantor and other Rutgers dignitaries, faculty, staff and students.

Donita Judge ’03, a senior attorney with the Washington D.C.-based Advancement Project, has been working against voter suppression laws in North Carolina and previously in Ohio. She is the recipient of  numerous awards, including the 2015 Rutgers-Newark National Lawyers’ Guild Arthur Kinoy Award, the 2014 New Jersey Garden State Bar Association Oliver Randolph Award, and the 2009 Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey “Public Sector Change Maker Award.” Judge, who also attended Rutgers University for her undergraduate degree, was accompanied by Rutgers Law School Co-dean Ronald K. Chen and Jan Ellen Lewis, the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences & University College.

“I feel honored and humbled,” Judge said upon receiving the award.

Dolores Jones-Brown ’86,  a professor in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, at City University of New York, also was honored with the Rutgers Medal. In addition to attending Rutgers Law School, Jones-Brown earned her master’s degree from the School of Criminal Justice and a doctorate from Rutgers University in Newark. She was the founding director of the John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice and also is a member of the doctoral faculty of the CUNY Graduate Center. She is widely published on topics of race and justice.

Chancellor Nancy Cantor, who spoke at the event, complimented the graduates and students at the anniversary celebration. “Tonight is so uplifting,” she said. “This place is producing the stars for the next generation.”