January 07, 2008
Former Dean Ron Chen Named Lawyer of the Year by NJLJ
Ronald Chen (Rutgers-Newark Law School Class of 1983), former Associate Dean of the Rutgers-Newark School of Law and now Public Advocate of the State of New Jersey, has been named Lawyer of the Year by the New Jersey Law Journal. See the article in the December 31, 2007 issue of NJLJ. The Public Advocate's web site has information on his work on reforming eminent domain in New Jersey, as well as his biography.
January 04, 2008
Who Is That Man on the Wall?
The portrait that hangs behind our reference desk is of Henry E. Ackerson, Jr. (1880-1970), one of the first seven justices of the New Jersey Supreme Court under the 1947 constitution. Ackerson Hall, at 180 University Avenue, the home of our law school from 1965 to 1978, was named in honor of Justice Ackerson.
Judge Ackerson's judicial career began in 1919 when he was appointed as Judge of the Court of Errors and Appeals. He served on that Court until 1924, then as a Circuit Court judge until 1948, then on the Supreme Court until his retirement in 1952. According to remarks by Chief Justice Vanderbilt on the occasion of Justice Ackerson's retirement, "more of his opinions below were adopted by [the higher courts] as their decisions than those of any other trial judge in our entire judicial history."