February 21, 2019

The Rutgers Law School Alumni Association–Newark is extending its reach to cross the Hudson River.

In March, the alumni association will kick off the launch of its New York City chapter, in an effort to reach out to law school graduates from Newark and Camden who are working in and around New York City. A volunteer group of practicing lawyers has agreed to serve on the chapter’s first governing body.

“We want to start a New York City chapter because there is a need and a demand,” said Natalae Velez ’11, who works in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and will serve as the group’s first president. “We want to promote a connection to the law school.”

To celebrate the new chapter, Rutgers Law alumni are invited to attend a cocktail reception on March 28 at The Loft Flatiron at 20 West 23rd St. in Manhattan from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $25. The event is being co-sponsored by Kinza and David Hecht of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.  Kinza formerly attended Rutgers Law School and David is an alumnus of the Rutgers Business School. Click on the Loft Flatiron link to purchase tickets. 

Velez said in addition to networking, chapter members are planning to launch a mentoring program and public service project.  

She said the idea for a New York City chapter came about in the fall of 2018 when alumni gathered at the offices of Debevoise & Plimpton in Manhattan to honor outgoing Co-Dean Ron Chen. The evening event brought together Rutgers Law alumni who were working in the city, reuniting classmates who didn’t realize they had a New York City connection.

Maritza Rodriguez '11, President of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association, said, "We are so excited to add a New York City chapter for our alumni to connect."

New York is the second largest employer of Rutgers Law School–Newark graduates and since logistics sometimes make it difficult to attend events in New Jersey, it makes senses to have a chapter across the river, say alumni organizers.

"It's an exciting time, as we have an opportunity to engage our New York City alumni in a way that focuses on their specific interests," said Wan Cha ’15, an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, who will serve as vice president of the new group.

The new chapter’s leadership council includes Betsy Grobovsky Biglin ’11, Austin Cahill ’15, Sarah Garvey-Potvin ’11, Evelyn Inya-Agha ’10, Stephen Marietta ’17, Teresa Rodriguez McPherson ’97 and Hannah Pennington ’02.

Chapter Secretary Joyce Lee Nadipuram, an associate at Venable LLP, said, "I’m looking forward to bringing together and meeting fellow alumni based in NYC!"


Rutgers Law Media Contacts:
Mike Sepanic (Camden); Elizabeth Moore (Newark)

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