Rutgers Law School’s Camden Location Kicks Off 2017-18 Year

Co-Dean Michael Cahill welcomes new students to campus

By Jeanne Leong

Rutgers Law School’s Camden location welcomes 133 first-year students and six transfer students for the 2017-18 school year.

Hailing from across New Jersey and 10 other states, including Arizona, California, and Florida, along with two international students, the class of first-year students attended Co-Dean Michael Cahill’s reception and welcoming ceremony and new student orientation before starting classes on Aug. 23.

Cahill encourages new students to learn from fellow students, alumni, and other lawyers, in addition to faculty.

“Be active participants in your own education,” says Cahill. “Legal training involves not just learning, but doing, and particularly communicating — orally and in writing, in and out of class, with teachers and peers, because law and its practice are social and interactive by nature.”

New Jersey Bar Association President Robert Hille administered the lawyer’s oath on Aug. 20 with the new students reciting the Lawyer’s Pledge.

The Student Organizations Fair introduced the newest members of the Law School community to more than a dozen social and professional groups such as the Philadelphia Bar Association, Association of Public Interest Law, Black Law Students Association, and the Women’s Law Caucus.

In addition to the new students on campus, Adnan Zulfiqar is a new assistant professor at Rutgers Law’s Camden location. An expert in criminal law, Islamic law, and laws of war, Zulfiqar comes to Rutgers from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has drafted penal codes for the Maldives and Somalia, and currently researches legal obligation and revolutionary law. In addition, he has consulted with the United Nations Development Programme and the International Development Law Organization.

The Immigration Justice Clinic welcomes Jason Hernandez, a staff attorney who will work on a new project funded by Rutgers President Robert Barchi to provide immigration legal services to Rutgers students on all three campuses and to engage in community outreach on immigration issues.

New courses offered at Rutgers Law School’s Camden location are: Civil Rights Practicum, with Louis Moffa of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker, & Rhoads; Class Action Litigation, with John Kearney of Ballard Spahr; Fashion Law, with Megan Bannigan of Debevoise & Plimpton; and Privacy Law Essentials for Corporate Counsel, with Paul Bond of Reed Smith.


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