Professor Dubin received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from N.Y.U. He has served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge John L. Kane Jr.; assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; director of litigation for the Harlem Neighborhood Office of the Legal Aid Society, Civil Division; and the Marvin M. Karpatkin Fellow on the American Civil Liberties Union’s national staff. Immediately prior to joining the Rutgers–Newark law faculty in 1999, he was a professor of law and director of clinical programs at St. Mary’s Law School, where he received the faculty award for teaching excellence.
In 2002, the National Equal Justice Library selected his article, “Torquemada Meets Kafka: The Misapplication of the Issue Exhaustion Doctrine to Inquisitorial Administrative Proceedings” (Columbia Law Review), for the Edgar and Jean Cahn Award as one of the 20th century’s most outstanding articles about equal justice for lower-income persons. The U.S. Supreme Court twice cited this article in Sims v. Apfel, 530 U.S. 103 (2000), a case in which Professor Dubin served as co-counsel, principal drafter of the petitioner’s main brief, and principal strategist of the petitioner’s position in this successful appeal.
An earlier article, “From Junkyards to Gentrification: Explicating a Right to Protective Zoning in Low-Income Communities of Color” (Minnesota Law Review), was peer-reviewed and selected for inclusion in an anthology issue of Clark-Boardman’s Land Use and Environment Law Review as one of the five best land-use articles that year.
Professor Dubin received the 2003 Haywood Burns/Shanara Gilbert Award from the Northeast Regional People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference for scholarship that advances the position of people of color; the 2007 Stanley Van Ness Leadership Award in Public Interest Law from the New Jersey Public Interest Center/New Jersey Appleseed for career contributions in public interest law; the 2010 Oliver Randolph Award from the Garden State Bar Association for contributions to civil rights; the 2014 Eileen P. Sweeney Award from the National Organization of Social Security Claimant’s Representatives for outstanding service to improve the quality and availability of advocacy for social security claimants and to improve the social security adjudicative process; and the 2014 Clinical Legal Education Association's Award for outstanding contributions and accomplishments on behalf of clinical legal education and clinical law teachers.
He has been chair of the AALS Poverty Law Section and a board member of the Clinical Law Review, Clinical Legal Education Association, National Center on Law and Economic Justice, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, and the San Antonio Fair Housing Council.