National Experts to Discuss Innovations in Legal Education at April 17 Rutgers Law School–Newark Symposium

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Newark, NJ – Leading academics from around the country, prominent jurists, and leading practitioners and public interest attorneys will speak at the symposium “A Legal Education Prospectus: Law Schools & Emerging Frontiers in Curriculum, Lawyering, and Social Justice,” to be held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Friday, April 17, 2009. This symposium, sponsored by the student journal Rutgers Law Review, will explore the methods used by innovative law schools to equip graduates with legal theory and prepare them to become well-rounded professionals with social and global awareness. The afternoon panel, sponsored by Professor Paul Tractenberg’s Centennial Seminar, will include alums who assumed integral roles in three landmark New Jersey cases: Abbott v. Burke, In re Baby M., and In re Quinlan.

The symposium is free and open to the public but registration is required. For more information or to register, please e-mail or call 973-353-5931. The complete program is available at

What:“A Legal Education Prospectus: Law Schools & Emerging Frontiers in Curriculum, Lawyering, and Social Justice”
WhoWelcome: Dean Stuart L. Deutsch, Rutgers School of Law–Newark  (9 am)
Keynote: Judith Welch Wegner, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Curricular Innovation and Technology in Law Schools: New Paradigms in a New Century  (10 am)
  Associate Dean Cynthia Blum, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator
  Professor David S. Clark, Willamette University College of Law
  Dean Roger Dennis, Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law
  Professor Peter Martin, Cornell University Law School
  Dean David Van Zandt, Northwestern University School of Law
Training Future Lawyers: All-Inclusive Approaches to Legal Education (11:30 am)
  Associate Dean Gregory Mark, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator
  Dean Michelle J. Anderson, CUNY School of Law
  Dean Daisy H. Floyd, Mercer University School of Law
  Dean Lisa Kloppenberg, University of Dayton School of Law
  Dean Richard Matasar, New York Law School
Lunch (1 pm)
Introduction to Afternoon Program: Senior Assistant Dean Andrew Rothman, Rutgers School of Law–Newark (1:30 pm)
Featured Speaker: Dean Emily A. Spieler, Northeastern School of Law 
Lawyering With a Conscience: Rutgers Law School and the Impact of Legal Education on Law Reform and Social Justice (2:30 pm)
  Neil Mullin and Nancy Erika Smith, Smith Mullin P.C., moderators
  Hon. Paul Armstrong, New Jersey Superior Division, Criminal Division
  Lorraine Abraham, Schiffman, Abraham, Kaufman & Ritter, P.C.
  Professor Emeritus Norman Cantor, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
  Ida Castro, Commonwealth Medical College
  Felipe Chavana, Essex–Newark Legal Services
  Hon. Ronald Chen, Public Advocate, State of New Jersey
  Hon. Steven L. Lefelt (Ret.), New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
  Greg Stewart, former general counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  Professor Paul Tractenberg, Rutgers School of Law–Newark
  Cecilia Zalkind, Association for Children of New Jersey
When9 am – 5 pm, Friday, April 17, 2009
WhereRutgers School of Law–Newark


Media Contact: Janet Donohue