The Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association is a separate 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and a major resource for the law school. The mission of the association is to strengthen relationships among alumni and between alumni and the Law School community, and to advance the ideals, reputation, and educational goals of Rutgers Law School.

The policies and procedures of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association can be found in the bylaws. A separate protocol for establishing regional chapters, pursuant to the bylaws, can be found here. All Rutgers Law School graduates from Newark are automatically members of the Alumni Association. There are no membership dues, although contributions are vital to support programs and events sponsored by the Alumni Association.

The association’s major event and fundraiser is the Annual Alumni Recognition Gala held in the fall. At this event we honor distinguished alumnae/i and present the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service. At the dinner the association awards a scholarship to a deserving and promising student, in addition to the Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship for Public Service. Click here for a list of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and here for a list of Fannie Bear Besser Award recipients.

In November 2017, the Rutgers Law School-Newark Alumni Association honored three graduates at its Annual Recognition Dinner on November 1, 2017. They were: Alan M. Cohen '79, Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, who received a Distinguished Alumnus Award; Jennifer G. Velez '96, Senior Vice President of Community and Behavioral Health at RWJBarnabas Health, who received a Distinguished Alumna Award; and Hon. Sue Pai Yang '84, JWC (Ret.), who received the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service.

Proceeds from the Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner and your direct donations enable us to sponsor the annual Weintraub Lecture, the law school reception at the New Jersey State Bar Association annual meeting, and other alumni networking events in New York and New Jersey. The Alumni Association also runs a Mentoring Program, and recognizes student achievement at graduation with the Justice Henry E. Ackerson, Jr. Prize, the Alumni Senior Prize, and the Eli Jarmel Memorial Prize.

Volunteers are the key to success of the Alumni Association. If you would like to get involved, please contact the president. 

For students seeking funding from the Alumni Association, please fill out the funding request form.

Alumni Association Officers
President Maritza Rodriguez ‘11
Immediate Past President Brian Biglin ‘11
President Elect Joseph Linares '14
Vice President Helen Nau '93
Secretary Xiaochen Sun ‘11
Treasurer Mark Makhail ‘13


2018 - 2019 Meeting Dates (TBA)