Several members of the clinical faculty are leaders in the national clinical legal education community, and multiple members have recently served as chairpersons of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Clinical Section, as members of the AALS Clinical Section’s Executive Committee, the AALS Standing Committee on Clinical Education, the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Board of Directors and Executive Board, and the Board of Editors of the Clinical Law Review. Its talented and diverse faculty and students have also garnered several national awards for groundbreaking accomplishments in teaching, advocacy, scholarship, and service.

The Rutgers Clinical Program is a nationally-recognized and acclaimed program.

National awards in recent years include:

· 2002 — National Equal Justice Library, Edgar and Jean Cahn Award for writing one of the most outstanding articles about equal justice for lower-income persons published during the 20th century: Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor of Law, Jon C. Dubin.

· 2004 — Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Clinical Section, Shanara Gilbert National Emerging Clinician Award: Clinical Professor and Director, Education and Health Law Clinic, Esther Canty-Barnes.

· 2008 — Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), National Case or Project of the Year: Constitutional Rights Clinic/International Human Rights Clinic led by Clinical Professor Penny Venetis for victory after 10-week federal jury trial and over a decade of pre-trial litigation in Jama v. Esmor Correctional Facility.

· 2009—National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Award of Merit: Clinical Professor and Director, Civil Justice Clinic, Jack Feinstein.

· 2010 — AALS Clinical Section, Shanara Gilbert National Emerging Clinician Award: Clinical Professor, Community and Transactional Lawyering Clinic and Director, Youth Advocacy Project, Charles I. Auffant.

· 2012 — John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Champion of Change Award: Distinguished Clinical Professor and Director, Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic, Laura Cohen.

· 2012 — National Juvenile Defender Center, Robert E. Shepherd Leadership Awards: Distinguished Clinical Professor, Department Chair, and Director, Children’s Justice Clinic, Sandra Simkins/Distinguished Clinical Professor and Director, Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic, Laura Cohen.

· 2014 — National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, Eileen P. Sweeney Distinguished Service Award: Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor of Law, Jon C. Dubin.

· 2014 — Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Education and Clinical Teachers Award: Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Professor of Law, Jon C. Dubin.

· 2017—Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), Great Teacher Award: Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Constitutional Rights Clinic, Frank Askin.

· 2017—AALS Clinical Section, William Pincus Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Clinical Education: Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and Director Emeritus, Constitutional Rights Clinic, Frank Askin.