New Jersey’s Attorney General, Hon. Gurbir S. Grewal, will be the commencement speaker for Rutgers Law School’s Graduation Convocation in Newark. The graduation ceremony in Newark will take place on May 25, 2018 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
Nominated by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and confirmed by the Senate on January 16, 2018, the first day of the new administration, Grewal, an Indian-American Sikh, is the first South Asian attorney general in New Jersey. Before becoming the Attorney General he served as the Bergen County Prosecutor, and he is the chief law enforcement officer of New Jersey, and leads the Department of Law and Public Safety, which has 7,200 employees.
Grewal is a former federal prosecutor who served as the chief of the Economic Crimes Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey. He served as the Bergen County Prosecutor since 2016 and earned praise for promoting better relations between residents and police and for his response to battling the opioid crisis in Bergen County. He is a 1999 graduate of William & Mary Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He grew up in Fairfield Township, New Jersey and graduated from West Essex High School.
Co-Dean Chen, who invited Attorney General Grewal to be the graduation speaker, said, “Attorney General Grewal has already established a reputation of making law enforcement an effective and collegial partner with the many diverse communities of New Jersey, and I know his address will reinforce in our graduates an understanding of the responsibilities they are about to undertake as lawyers.”