Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Education and Health Law Clinic
Esther Canty-Barnes
Newark Campus
459
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-3268

Esther Canty-Barnes is the Director of the Education and Health Law Clinic and represents indigent parents and caregivers of disabled children in need of educational services; teaches law students in this area of the law and provides educational programs for parents and caregivers. She’s also served on the Supreme Court committee on Women in the Courts for 10 years.

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Biography

Professor Canty-Barnes earned her B.A. from Bennett College (summa cum laude) and her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. She is the Director of the Education and Health Law Clinic and a Clinical Professor of Law where she represents indigent parents and caregivers of disabled children in need of educational services; teaches law students in this specialized area of the law; and provides educational programs for parents/caregivers, attorneys, and others responsible for the welfare of disabled children. As Director of the clinic, Professor Canty-Barnes was instrumental in developing and implementing one of New Jersey’s first “Special Education in the Courts Initiative” to heighten the importance of addressing the educational needs of disabled children in the Courts; developed programs and trainings for attorneys and underserved populations of families; and works to ensure equal access to education for disabled children and their families who are unable to afford legal representation. She served on the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts for 10 years, where she was appointed the first chairperson to the subcommittee on women of color, and was instrumental in conducting a survey and report on women of color in 2009 titled “Survey Perceptions of Race and Gender in the New Jersey Courts.”

She is a member of NJ Court Improvement Committee where she serves as a resource to the committee on the educational needs of disabled children who routinely come before the court and is a member of the AALS Clinical Legal Education Association. She is a recipient of several awards, including the following: AALS Clinical Legal Education Shanara Gilbert Award; National Association of Women Judges, District III Award; ABWL Award; Presidential Citation from the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education; and Outstanding Woman in Law and the “Belle Ringer” Awards from Bennett College. She is a former president of the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, a former barrister of the William Heckel Criminal Litigation Inn of Court at Rutgers Law School, and a former presiding municipal court judge for the Township of Irvington.

Publications

 

Book Chapters

“Child Find,”  Special Education Advocacy,  Ruth Coker and Julie Waterstone,editors, Lexis Nexis 2011

 “The Due Process Complaint,”  Special Education Advocacy, Ruth Coker and Julie Waterstone, editors, Lexis-Nexis 2011

Beyond Egregious:  Protecting the Educational Interest of Children with Extraordinary Medical and Mental Health Needs,  YOU TELL IT TO THE JUDGE AND OTHER TRUE TALES OF LAW SCHOOL LAWYERING, Frank Askin, editor, Vandeplas Publishing 2009

Articles

Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium Panel, The Ohio State University Dispute Resolution in Special Education Symposium Panel, Vol. 30, page 89-145, (2014)

Comments: Rutgers School of Law – Newark and the History of Women and the Law, A Centennial Event, Rutgers School of Law – Newark Celebrates Women Reshaping American History,  Newark, N.J. February 13, 2009, 31 WRLR 186 (2010)

Racial Inequality Starts Early – in Preschool, The Conversation, July 13, 2016

With Harsher Disciplinary Measures, School Systems Fail Black Kids, The Conversation, May 28, 2015

Serving the Needs of Disabled Children: A Look at the Special Education Clinic at Rutgers Law School-Newark, June 2003, No. 222, N.J. Lawyer the Magazine