Associate Dean for Clinical Education, Professor of Law, Public Service Scholar
Jon Dubin
Newark Campus
454
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
973-353-3186

Jon C. Dubin is the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and Alfred C. Clapp Public Service Scholar.  A Clinical Director and  tenured, full Professor of Law for over twenty years,  he has published over a dozen law review articles and several co-authored books, and won national awards for his scholarship, public interest lawyering and contributions to clinical legal education.

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Biography

Professor Dubin received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and J.D. from N.Y.U. He 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 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, founded the first in-house clinic, and served as the founding faculty advisor to the Black Allied Law Students Association and coach of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Team.

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 Law 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 the civil rights of African Americans; the 2014 Eileen P. Sweeney Award from the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' 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. In 2016, he was elected into the National Academy of Social Insurance.

He has been chair of the AALS Poverty Law Section, a member of the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, 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.

He has taught in a Civil Justice Clinic for low income and homeless clients and supervised clinical student work and led clinic litigation in over a dozen social security disability cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits, a successful appeal in the U.S. Supreme Court, major parts of a multi-decade housing discrimination and public housing preservation class action in U.S. District Court, and over 100 evidentiary hearings for clinic clients. He has also taught several classroom courses including Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights Law, Poverty Law, and Social Security Law and seminars in Welfare Law and World Hunger and International Law.   

Publications

Recent Publications:

Recent Books

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2018 Edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek, Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.) (forthcoming 2018)

Supplement to Social Security Law, Policy and Practice: Cases and Materials (co-authored with Frank S. Bloch, West Academic Publishing  Co.) (2017)

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2017 Edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek, Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.)

Teacher’s Manual for Social Security Law,  Policy and Practice: Cases and Materials (co-authored with Frank S. Bloch, West Academic Publishing) (2016)

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2016 Edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek, Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.)

Social Security Law,  Policy and Practice: Cases and Materials (co-authored with Frank S. Bloch, West Academic Publishing) (2016)

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2015 edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek) (Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.)

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2014 edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek) (Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.)

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2013 edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek) (Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.)

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2012 edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek) (Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.)

Social Security Disability Law and Procedure in Federal Court (2011 edition; co-authored with Carolyn A. Kubitschek) (Thomson Reuters Publishing Co.)

Clinical Education for This Millenium: The Third Wave (Ayumi Miche Kodama & Eri Osaka trans. 2005) (co–authored with Margaret M. Barry & Peter A. Joy)

Recent Articles

"A Modest, Albeit Heavily Tested Social Security Disability Reform Proposal: Streamlining the Adjudicative Process By Eliminating Reconsideration and Enhancing Initial Stage Development,"  23 Geo. J. of Poverty. L. & Pol'y  203 (2016) (lead article)

“The Rutgers Cases and the State of the Law of State Law School Clinical Programs,” 65 Rutgers L. Rev. 817 (2013)

“Scapegoating Social Security Disability Claimants (and The Judges Who Evaluate Them),” 6 Advance: J. ACS Issue Groups 109 (2012) (co-authored with Robert Rains). Selected by JOTWELL as “one of the best works of recent scholarship relating to Administrative Law” and reviewed by Professor William Funk, www.Jotwell.com  (May 21, 2012)

“The Labor Market Side of Disability Benefits Policy and Law,” 20 S. Cal. Rev. L. & Soc. Just. 1 (2011) (lead article)

“Overcoming Gridlock: Campbell after a Quarter-Century and Bureaucratically Rational Gap-Filling in Mass Justice Adjudication in the Social Security Administration’s Disability Programs,” 62 Admin. L. Rev. 937 (2010) (lead article) (cited in numerous U.S. Court of Appeals decisions including Forsythe v. Colvin, 813 F.3d 677, 680-81  (7th Cir. 2016); Hill v. Colvin, 807 F.3d 862, 870 (7th Cir. 2015) (Posner, J., concurring); Alaura v. Colvin, 797 F.3d 503, 507 (7th Cir. 2015); Voight v. Colvin, 781 F.3d 871, 879 (7th Cir. 2015); Herrmann v. Colvin, 772 F.3d 110, 1113-14 (7th Cir. 2014); Guiton v. Colvin, 546 Fed. Appx. 137, 145 (4th Cir. 2013) (Davis, J., concurring); Smith v. Shinseki,  647 F.3d 1380, 1383 (Fed. Cir. 2011))

 

Recent Book Chapters

Social Security Adjudicative Reform:  Ending the Reconsideration Stage of SSDI Adjudication After Sixteen Years of Testing and Enhancing Initial Stage Development, in SSDI Solutions: Ideas To Strengthen the Social Security Disability Insurance Program (Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) Ed. 2016) (selected as part of compiliation of 12 papers by the non-partisan CRFB to be presented to Congress to inform consideration of social security disability reform)

Protecting Newark’s Public Housing from Elimination (Ch. 17), in “You Can Tell It to the Judge” and other True Tales of Law School Lawyering (F. Askin ed. Vandeplas Publishing, 2009)

Taking the Fight for Disability Benefits to the High Court(s) (Ch. 11), in “You Can Tell It to the Judge” and other True Tales of Law School Lawyering (F. Askin ed.  Vandeplas Publishing, 2009)

 

Recent Published Reports

Legal Education “Best Practices” Report, United States (Public Interest Law Institute, August, 2010) (co-authored with Margaret M. Barry and Peter A. Joy) (Commissioned report, available at http://www.pilnet.org/public-interest-law-resources/11-the-development-o...)

Expertise
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Litigation
  • Poverty Law