Sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus, the Association for Public Interest Law, the Rutgers Law–Camden Alumni Association, and the Camden County Bar Association, the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award celebration is a 31-year tradition at Rutgers Law School's Camden location.

This year's honoree is Michael Taub, Esq., director, Homeless Advocacy Project’s Veterans Project, the only legal assistance program in Philadelphia that specifically targets homeless veterans. In addition, Rutgers Law student and veteran Joshua Piccoli, who died last year, will be memorialized and remarks will be offered regarding Rutgers University–Camden's recent designation as a Purple Heart University.

The event will be held on Thursday, October 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, located in the Campus Center.

Tickets to the event, which includes a short formal program to start the evening, followed by a catered reception, are $35 for general admission and $20 for students, law graduates from the Classes of  '15 and '16, and staff. Online registration is now available.

Sponsorships are available at the $500 or $1,000 level and include digital and onsite recognition. For more information, contact Rutgers Law School Associate Dean for Pro Bono and Public Interest Jill Friedman at jill.friedman@rutgers.edu.
 

Michael Taub headshot

2016 Mary Philbrook Award Honoree

Michael Taub directs the Veterans Project at the Homeless Advocacy Project, a free civil legal services program for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. A magna cum laude graduate of Villanova University Law School, Michael has represented hundreds of homeless veterans in claims adjudicated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), helping men and women who served our country obtain the income and services they need to secure and maintain safe affordable housing. Further, Michael has dramatically improved access to free legal representation for veterans in the Philadelphia area and across the country by training hundreds of pro bono attorneys in jurisdictions around the country and serving as a national voice in support of free legal representation for indigent veterans. A passionate advocate for both individual clients and systemic change, Michael is a nationally recognized expert on veterans law. Stories about his work have been featured in The Philadelphia Bar Reporter, The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia Weekly, The Philadelphia Inquirer, One Step Away, The Hartford Courant, The Washington Times, the PSJD Blog, and Reader’s Digest, which named him a Hero of the Year in 2006.

In Memoriam: Joshua Piccoli

Joshua Piccoli will be memorialized with a Philbrook Student Public Interest Award.

Born in Voorhees, Joshua Piccoli joined the United States Marine Corps in 1999; in January 2003 he was deployed to Kuwait for desert training and then served in Iraq, reaching Baghdad in April. He later had a second deployment to Afghanistan. After his discharge in 2006, he reached out to the Veterans Affairs Office at Rutgers University-Camden, where director Fred Davis enrolled Josh in 2011 as a work study student. A kind, unassuming presence, always willing to roll up his sleeves to do what needed to be done, Josh was instrumental in promoting the expansion of veterans’ services on campus. He would have been deeply proud to see Rutgers University-Camden designated as New Jersey’s first Purple Heart University in fall 2016. As a law student, Josh interned in Hon. Patrick Dugan’s Philadelphia Veterans Court and volunteered in the Law School’s veterans’ and servicemembers pro bono project, a partnership with the Military Assistance Project. His hard work and dedication were driven by his belief: "... that there are certain things that I must do - such as advocating for the veterans - in memory of those guys [Marines in his unit who did not return]. " 

2016 Student Honorees

Sadé Calin Class of 2017

Sadé's commitment to serving the Camden community started long before she came to  law school. For example, as an undergraduate Resident Advisor, Sadé started a program to deliver college student letters of support and encouragement to women in domestic violence shelters and drug rehabilitation centers. After an active first year, as a 2L, Sadé served as a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project fellow, President of the Black Law Students Association and Vice President of the Women’s Law Caucus. She orchestrated BLSA’s annual Safe Halloween and WLC’s Mr. Law School Pageant, a fundraiser for I Dare to Care, a community organization providing mentorship to Camden girls. She is currently the Sub-Regional Director of Greater Philadelphia for the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association, a two-term Student Director of the Street Law Pro Bono Project, a Michael Young Fellow (teaching assistant) for Marshall-Brennan, and a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Diversity Committee. Sadé has also participated in the Voters’ Rights Pro Bono Project, served as a mediator in the Mediation Pro Bono Project, acted as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Camden County, and volunteered for Wills for Heroes.  After graduation, Sadé will join Ballard Spahr LLP as an associate, where she hopes to continue her pro bono efforts.

Carly Campoli Class of 2017

Carly has engaged in a wide range of community-oriented activities, both in and out of the law school. An SBA representative for all three years, Carly has worked closely with students, faculty, and administrators to identify and address student concerns. Carly’s outstanding legal writing and research skills, developed through an editorship on the Rutgers Law Review and board membership in Hunter Moot Court, have enabled her to complete several big constitutional law projects through the Legal Research Pro Bono Project. Her work included assisting in the appeal of a denial of a class certification and researching whether foster care is  a public accommodation.  She has participated in the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project and is currently in the Domestic Violence clinic. Carly has also made significant leadership contributions in the Association of Public Interest Law, both as a committee member for the Alternative Spring Break program and as a very engaged co-chair of the APIL Auction. Next year, she will clerk for the Honorable George S. Leone, Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.

Mary-Kate Collins Class of 2017

Mary-Kate has leveraged her extensive experience as a volunteer community mediator to rejuvenate the Mediation Pro Bono Project, increasing the project’s efficiency, expanding its services and re-vamping its training—a task not usually delegated to student volunteers. In addition to her work with the Mediation Project, Mary-Kate has taken a leadership role in the Planning Estates Pro Bono Project, where her detail-oriented, responsible, self-motivated approach makes her an anchor for the student volunteers she leads.  As a member of the executive board of the Estates and Trusts Society, Mary-Kate helps organize the annual Wills for Heroes project, preparing documents for first responders on a pro bono basis. Mary-Kate is also the mother of  two small children and volunteers for the Juvenile Conference Committee in Haddon Township, which seeks to guide young people accused of minor juvenile offenses to restorative solutions that will keep them out of the juvenile justice system.

Jason Kanterman Class of 2016

While at Rutgers Law, Jason Kanterman did exceptional public interest work both in Prisoner Re-entry and advocacy against Domestic Violence. During his 3L year, Jason worked with the ReNew Camden Re-entry team, providing free legal services to participants mired in unresolved pre-incarceration municipal court charges, many of which were a decade or older at the time of release. Jason proved himself to be a tireless and diligent advocate, painstakingly reviewing all matters and unraveling the bureaucratic entanglements that often accompany such dated charges. Even after the clinical engagement was technically completed, Jason continued to participate in the program, sharing the knowledge he had gained regarding pre-incarceration charges and other technical assistance. His work forged a strong relationship between the law school and the ReNew Camden Team, garnering high praise from the judges, prosecutors, defenders and probation representatives on the team. That same year. Jason also worked in the Domestic Violence and Advanced Domestic Violence clinics.  Among other matters, he worked on an appellate brief in conjunction with the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence, which led to several publications on issues in domestic violence law. His tenacity, compassion, and dedication to his clients make him stand out. Jason is now serving a clerkship to the Honorable Marie P. Simonelli, Judge of the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court, and in the future, will serve a clerkship with the Honorable Noel L. Hillman, of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Rachel Lamb Class of 2017

Rachel left a career in Journalism to pursue a legal education at Rutgers Law, with a focus on animal rights. Undeterred by a lack of existing programming in the area, she founded a student chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund (SALDF). In its first year the chapter undertook substantial fundraising endeavors for animal rights groups, and Rachel conceptualized and executed a well-received presentation at the law school on the links between animal and domestic abuse. In addition to SALDF, Rachel has also been working remotely with the Animal Welfare Institute, as an intern in Wildlife Law and Public Policy, where she researches policies dealing with animal welfare, and has co-authored an article with her supervisor for the Lewis & Clark Animal Law Review. In addition to her animal welfare work, Rachel is also a student leader of the 501(c)(3) Pro Bono Project, where she assists small non-profit entities evaluate whether applying for tax exemption is appropriate, and guides them through the application process.

Kathryn Morris Class of 2017

Kathryn has dedicated herself to advocating on behalf of those most vulnerable in our society. Kathryn enrolled in the Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation hybrid clinic, where she worked on a variety of human rights issues, especially the Trafficking Victims Protection Re-Authorization Act.  Kathryn also worked with the ACLU, helping to analyze the legal ramifications of the CIA's enhanced interrogation program and contributing to an amicus brief filed in the Fifth Circuit. In the summer of 2016, Kathryn interned in the Public Defender’s Office in Camden, where she assisted defendants in cases that involved everything from disorderly persons offenses to serious indictable offenses.  As a 1L, Kathryn was a Pro Bono Street Law and Youth Court volunteer, and as a 2L, helped organize the 2015 Philbrook Award Celebration. Currently, Kathryn is the President of the Rutgers chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and she has volunteered countless hours serving as a legal observer at political demonstrations. She is a student leader for the Voters Rights Pro Bono Project ("VRPBP"), an award-winning non-partisan initiative whose goal is to ensure voter access and fair elections in Camden. As of early October, VRPBP has registered hundreds of individuals, including over 100 inmates at the Camden County Correctional Facility.  

Leigh Kelsey O’Donnell Class of 2016

While at Rutgers Law, Leigh Kelsey held leadership positions in both the Voters’ Rights and Mediation Pro Bono Projects. In her 2L summer, she was a legal intern at the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic with First Star Academy in Camden, while also serving as a judicial intern to the Honorable Gwendolyn Blue, in New Jersey Superior Court. In her 3L year she worked in the school’s Juvenile Justice Clinic and received the Clinical Legal Educational Award for her work. She has also received the Philadelphia Bar Association Public Interest award and the Dean’s Pro Bono Public Award for Exceptional Service. Throughout her time at Rutgers, Leigh Kelsey’s enthusiasm and passion for helping others was infectious and an invaluable asset to the public interest community. Leigh Kelsey plans to continue her work from her 3L clinic experience by working as juvenile public defender.

Emily Preziosa Class of 2017

Emily Preziosa serves as one of the student co-directors for the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project, an effort she first joined as a 1L. In this capacity, she works with advocates to ensure that victims of domestic violence receive the help they need both in navigating the legal system and in obtaining services and resources from community programs. She is currently  in the Domestic Violence Clinic, providing comprehensive legal representation to victims of domestic violence. As a student leader for the Planning Estates Pro Bono Project, she assists in drafting estate-planning documents for low-income seniors free of charge. As a student leader for LEAD (Learn, Empower and Advocate for People with Disabilities), Emily also assists in researching governmental programs to provide families with the information and tools they need to navigate the complex systems of government-funded support. In an effort to reduce the waitlist of families in need waiting for guardianships to be approved, Emily also spent her 2L year working with Professor Overton and the Civil Practice Clinic on this issue. Next year, Emily will be clerking for the Honorable David M. Ragonese of the New Jersey Superior Court in Camden, and plans to continue her commitment to serving those in need.

Kisha Pinnock

After graduating from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government & Politics and minors in International Studies and Theology, Kisha came to Rutgers Law School to pursue a career in public service. Kisha has already completed over 100 pro bono hours through work with the Voters’ Rights, Street Law, Mediation, Domestic Violence, Youth Court and 501(c)(3) Pro Bono Projects, as well as the school’s Alternative Spring Break program. In addition to her extensive pro bono participation, last year Kisha created a new pro bono project with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project. As the student leader of this new endeavor, Kisha has created opportunities for students to assist attorneys fighting for the release of clients who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Through her internships with the Honorable Joel Schneider of the District of New Jersey, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, she is building the professional skills that will enable her to pursue her passions in combatting mass incarceration, closing the education gap and expanding restorative justice practices. Ultimately, Kisha hopes someday to serve her beloved state of New Jersey as an elected official.

Allan Zhang

Allan Zhang earned a Master's of Social Work at New York University, and at Rutgers Law School, has used this background to help ameliorate social conditions that limit people’s ability to reach their potential. Allan is a co-leader of the Planning Estates Pro Bono Project where he secures sites, supervisors and volunteers to write wills, medical directives and powers of attorney for low-income elderly people in Camden and the surrounding communities. As one of the student co-directors of the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project, Allan trained new volunteers and worked with victims seeking final restraining orders by providing them with information regarding available services.  Finally, as a co-leader of the LEAD (Learn, Empower and Advocate for People with Disabilities) Pro Bono Project, Allan and others provide information and guidance to families in need of publicly funded resources for their disabled children. This year, Allan is participating in the Thomas S. Forkin Jr. Family Law Inn of Court, as a guest of the Inn, and upon graduation, Allan hopes to continue his commitment to public service by working in that field.  

 

A Tradition of Honoring Public Interest Advocates
  • Past Honorees
  • Past Student Award Recipients
  • Mary Philbrook's Life and Legacy
  • The Mary Philbrook Award Celebration Tradition in Camden

2000
The Honorable Lillian Ransom
Court of Common Pleas,
Philadelphia

Frank P. Cervone, Esquire
Director, Support Center for
Child Advocates, Philadelphia

2001
Renee Steinhagen, Esquire
Executive Director, Public Interest
Law Center, New Jersey

William H. Buckman, Esquire ‘78
Private Practitioner, Morristown, N.J.

2002
Alba E. Martinez, Esquire
Former Commissioner,
Department of Human Services
Philadelphia

2003
The Honorable Judith H. Wizmur
Rutgers Law School-Camden ‘74
Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge, Camden, N.J.

2004
Judith Bernstein-Baker, Esquire
HIAS and Council,
Migration Service of Philadelphia

Carole Wood, Esquire
Immigration Coordinator,
Camden Center for
Law and Social Justice

2005
The Honorable Theodore A. McKee
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

2006
Catherine C. Carr, Esquire
Executive Director, Community Legal
Services of Philadelphia

2007
The Honorable Deborah Poritz
Chief Justice, New Jersey
Supreme Court
(Retired)

2008
Carol E. Tracy, Esquire
Executive Director,
The Women’s Law Project
Philadelphia

2009
Yvonne Smith Segars, Esquire
Public Defender for
The State of New Jersey

2010
Drewry Nash Fennell
Executive Director,
Delaware Criminal Justice Council

2011
Harold B. Garwin, Esquire
Executive Director,
Community Health Law Project

2013
The Honorable Virginia Long
Former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court

2014
Tiffany Palmer ‘98
Social Justice Activist and Shareholder, Jerner & Palmer, P.C.

2015
Marsha H. Neifield
President Judge of Philadelphia Municipal Court
Sally Goldfarb
Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School
The Domestic Violence Program at Rutgers Law School's Camden location

 

 

Listed By Law School Graduation Year

Nii Obeng (Sonny) Ankrah, 1999 
Jacqueline Caban, 1999
Meredith Schalick, 1999
Kevin Walsh, 1999
Jean Connolly, 2000
Elizabeth Livingstone, 2000
Kay  Radwanski, 2000
Robert   Wright,  2000
Kelly Coia, 2000
Susanna Gray, 2000
Valarie McPherson, 2000
Karen Francis, 2001
Christine Heer, 2001
Danielle Joseph, 2001
John Price, 2001
Marisa Krause, 2001
James Lubrich, 2001
Zoe McLaughlin, 2001
Michael Schleigh, 2001
Mellany Alio, 2002
Lynne Killmeyer, 2002
Jodina Hoobler-Hicks, 2002
Megan Willoughby, 2002
John Cardwell, 2002
Sharon L. Piccioni, 2002
Lisa Raufer, 2002
Dalia Zaza, 2002
Ellen Bailey, 2003
Matt Burns, 2003
Jared  Littman,  2003
Blaise  Pittman,  2003
Debra   Rainey,  2003
Kimm Tynan, 2003
Rachel Fais Partyka, 2003
Stephanie Sanderson, 2003
Carolyn Buccerone, 2004
Keith Campbell, 2004
Trevor Kwan, 2004
Bill  McLaughlin, 2004
Belinda  Roberts,  2004
Krista Trani, 2004
Oliver Cleary, 2004
Keith Walsh, 2004
Matthew Abatemarco, 2005
William “Rob” Frantz, 2005
Daniella Gordon, 2005
Shawnda Grady, 2005
Maggie Niebler, 2005
Joseph Turk, 2005
Temperance Williamson, 2005
Kristy Hausinger, 2005
Kyle G. Phillips, 2005
Macavan Baird, 2006
Sam Hoffman, 2006
Amanda M. Lanham, 2006
Robert “Reb” Loucas, 2006
Kristina Rencic, 2006
Jennifer Shamwell, 2006
Dina Wizmur, 2006
Lisa Junghahn, 2006
Kevin Leipow, 2006
Bridget Coyne, 2007
David Gallivan, 2007
Maria Hernandez, 2007
Jeffrey Klamut, 2007
Robert O’Brien, 2007
Matthew Rudolphi, 2007
Sarah Wang, 2007
Lloyd Freeman, 2007
Wesley Huber, 2007
Kimberly Wong, 2007
Marissa Band, 2008
Carrie S. Ford, 2008
Ariel Gornizky, 2008
Esther Huang, 2008
Tiffany Dionne Johnson, 2008
Zorayda J. Moreira-Smith, 2008
Catherine Salansky, 2008
Gregory B. Thomlison, 2008
Joseph A. Venti, 2008
Michelle A. Westcoat, 2008
Lynda Hinkle, 2009
Shana Mattson, 2009
Nhan Tu, 2009
Catherine Williams, 2009
Conor Wilson, 2009
Laura Ann Pontelandolfo, 2009
Melissa Bowe, 2010
Lisa Geis, 2010
Amanda Harber, 2010
Cori Harvey, 2010
Jonathan Klein, 2010
Andrew Linenberg, 2010
Chris   Markos, 2010
Noah Marlier, 2010
Melissa  Osorio, 2010
Jenna Fliszar, 2010
Suehail   Perez, 2010
Beverly Beaver, 2011
Brian Robert Brotman, 2011
Jason Fortenberry, 2011
Jeanette Kwon, 2011
Kate Reilly, 2011
Michael P. Sawka, 2011
Erik L. Solivan, 2011
Michael Christian Younker, 2011
Jocelyn Fowler, 2011
Christine McDevitt, 2011
Theodora Stringham, 2011
Elliott Almanza, 2012
Alysa Castro, 2012
Brandon  Croker,  2012
Matt  DePasquale,  2012
Elena Fikaris, 2012
Jacquie Huynh-Linenberg, 2012
Wali Rushdan II, 2012
Brisa De Angulo, 2012
Parker Palmer, 2012
Kayci Petenko, 2012
Abraham Tran, 2012
Jennifer Kim, 2013
Jennifer Martin, 2013
Colleen McCafferty, 2013
Michael Perez, 2013
Jonathan Sacks, 2013
Ryan Schaffer, 2013
Matan Shmuel, 2013
Kiomeiry Csepes, 2013
Amanda Dalton, 2013
Maura Burk, 2014
Iveliz Crespo, 2014
Tiara Greene, 2014
Samantha Gross, 2014
Maureen Ingersoll, 2014
Ragner Jaeger, 2014
Stephen Raab, 2014
Amanda Follett, 2014
Kathleen Kelliher, 2014
Michelle Ringel, 2014
Justin Kozinn, 2015
Matthew Lewis, 2015
Staven Salinger, 2015
Amy Sobotka, 2015
Jacquelyn Suarez, 2015
Xiomara Uran, 2015
Alexi Velez, 2015
Ryann Aaron, 2016
Linwood Donelson, 2016
Frantz Duncan, 2016
Alexis Franklin, 2016
Caitlin Faye, 2016
Amanda O'Keefe, 2016

 

Mary Philbrook was born in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 1872. The daughter of a feminist and a lawyer, she only received formal education through high school, and a course in stenography. Mary became educated in the law only through a job with the firm of Russ and Oppenheimer, located in Hoboken, N.J., where she met James Minturn, who later became a New Jersey Supreme Court Justice. It was Minturn who encouraged Mary's interest in the law and made a motion for Mary to be admitted to the New Jersey Bar on February 20, 1894. Mary's petition for admittance rested on her rights as a citizen and the equal protection guarantees to citizens of the state. However, she was denied admission by the Court despite the fact that over 300 women were practicing attorneys in 30 other states.

In 1895, a bill was passed in New Jersey stating that "no person would be denied admission to examination for license to practice as an attorney..." and following another motion by Minturn, Mary was admitted to the New Jersey Bar on June 6, 1895. Subsequently, Mary became the first woman appointed to Chancery Court and the second to be a notary public. In 1906, Mary also became the first New Jersey woman to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

After beginning to practice, Mary began a lecture series in which she endorsed "plain justice," upholding that women not receive any special treatment. She moved her practice to Newark and began working for Legal Aid, as well as championing such causes as child labor reform, extension of the probation system, a state reformatory for women, and separate juvenile courts. Her volunteerism even extended to taking in street children into her own home until she could find adequate placement for them. She participated in investigations into white slavery, leading to the passing of the Mann Act, while also fighting for the right to vote.

After 1919, however, Philbrook's focus became the complete emancipation of women, especially in New Jersey. She resigned from a position for the City of Newark in protest because she was being treated differently from the men, assigned only cases in family law, and not given the same desk or office space as other legal assistants in the office. During that period, women's rights made many advances, with the adoption of an international treaty by the Pan‐American states at Montevideo.  The treaty included an equal rights provision, and with the 1937 League of Nations Assembly, appointment of a committee to examine the legal status of women around the world. Mary then proceeded to organize several committees and write various petitions to amend the state constitution to include an equal rights provision and reword the preamble to affirm women's rights.  Mary's final major triumph was the replacement of references to "men" in the New Jersey Constitution with references to "persons."

After prolonged illness, Mary Philbrook passed away on September 2, 1958. We should all be grateful for the many achievements she accomplished throughout her life.

The Philbrook Celebration began in 1986, as the successor event to the Rutgers Women’s Law Caucus’ networking dinner.  The Rutgers Women’s Law Caucus was founded in the 1970s to advocate for equal treatment for women in the legal profession and in society, educate its members and the law school community about legal issues affecting women’s lives, and provide opportunities for women law students, faculty, attorneys and judges to network with each other.  In 1986, at the suggestion of Professor Ann Freedman, its faculty advisor, the Women’s Law Caucus joined with other law school student organizations, interested faculty and alumni to re-invent the WLC’s annual gathering of students, faculty and alumni as the Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award Celebration. Professor Robert F. Williams suggested naming the award after Mary Philbrook because of her path-breaking achievements as New Jersey’s first woman lawyer, her role in obtaining the equal rights provision of the 1947 New Jersey state constitution, and her outstanding career as an advocate for social justice and equality.  Val Myntti, ’87, the chairperson of the original Philbrook Celebration, and the Honorable Betty J. Lester, of the Superior Court, Essex County, New Jersey, the first Philbrook honoree, helped us start the enjoyable Philbrook tradition of combining a wonderful social occasion with inspiring reflections on a life and career shaped by dedication to the public interest.  Linda J. Wharton, ’81 (also our 1992 Philbrook honoree), and Dean Angela V. Baker, ’85, are members of the first Philbrook organizing committee who continue to be involved today.  

In 1998, when Professor Louis S. Rulli, ’74, was the Philbrook honoree, the law school’s Alumni Association became a co-sponsor of the event with the Women’s Law Caucus.  The next year, at the suggestion of Professors Rulli and Freedman, the event sponsors inaugurated the Mary Philbrook Student Public Interest Awards, which have allowed the law school community to recognize dozens of outstanding students for their dedicated work on behalf of social justice and equality.  In 2000, the Association for Public Interest Law joined the Women’s Law Caucus and the Alumni Association as a co-sponsor of the program, helping to take the event to another level.  In 2005, the Camden County Bar Association became the event’s fourth official sponsor, and Professor Freedman was honored for her role in promoting the spirit of Mary Philbrook in the Rutgers Law School community and for her ongoing leadership in creating each year’s celebration. 

From 1986 to the present, the Mary Philbrook Award Celebration has benefited from outstanding leadership on the part of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and members of the bench and bar.  While their names are too numerous to list, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation to everyone who has helped create the distinctive tradition which has now continued for a quarter of a century. 

Over the years, Lisa Alston, Diana Avella, Jay Cholera, Linda Comuso, Christen Conway, Kate Cranston, Susan Doughty, Rob Goodman, Theresa McCuen, Colleen McNally, Pam Mertsock-Wolfe, Teresa Moffett, Zaharati Morfesis, Donna Rabena, Jane W. Rhodes and Carol Shaner have provided staff support above and beyond the call of duty.  The Campus Center staff, Dining, Events Office, Facilities, Rutgers Camden IT, and Media Relations Departments have provided expert and invaluable assistance.  Associate Chancellor Mary Beth Daisey, the Honorable Jack  Sabatino, Deans Victoria Chase and Angela V. Baker, and Professor John Beckerman have assumed critical leadership roles and helped mentor the students involved in creating the event.  Former Assistant Dean Eve Biskin Klothen played an important role in embedding the Philbrook celebration in the law school’s culture, expanding the event’s support for student public interest work and strengthening ties with the legal community. Special thanks are due to the outstanding honorees who have graced us with their presence and inspired us by their work, as well as to Chancellor Phoebe Haddon, former Chancellor Wendell Pritchett and former Deans John Pittenger, Rick Singer, Paul Robinson, Roger Dennis (also our former Provost), Jay Feinman, Rayman Solomon (another former Provost), John Oberdiek, and current co-deans Michael Cahill and Ron Chen, who have always provided generous support, financial and otherwise, to make this event possible.