As chair of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA), Tim Farrow expected to be on stage during graduation. When he heard President Barack Obama was speaking at the ceremony, he got even more excited.Farrow, a 1999 alumnus, was in shock to find he was seated directly behind the podium. It meant he would be up close to the President of the United States—something that got his heart racing.
What he will remember most about hearing the President’s speech though, and watching Obama deliver it, is the president’s incredible oratorical skills. Every detail—from the school’s history to mention of the grease trucks—was down pat. All that, and Obama never looked at a teleprompter.
The presentation was another reminder of how far the entire Rutgers community has come, and the fact that it attracts prestigious leaders from across the globe. The president’s visit reflected both Rutgers’s past and its present. Even as he commemorated the university’s 250th anniversary, Obama’s presence was an example and a reminder of how Rutgers has established itself as a major American educational institution as well as a magnet for intellectual and social leaders.
A partner at DashFarrow LLP, Farrow practices criminal defense at all levels throughout South Jersey. He has long been involved in Rutgers alumni efforts: serving as vice chair of the RUAA and chair of the RUAA Alumni Benefits Committee, among other roles. He also served as chancellor of the Rutgers–Camden Law Alumni Board. In addition to his Rutgers activities, Farrow is also engaged in his home and professional community, including his service as a board of education member and past service as president of the Burlington County Bar Association.
Farrow says other Rutgers Law alumni should be energized and more involved with the RUAA. “The law school is part of Rutgers University, so its success is contingent upon the success of the Rutgers brand as a whole,” he notes. “Also, on a practical level, the professional and social network is exponentially larger when extended to the whole university alumni body.”
Serving on the RUAA Board since its inception in 2008, Farrow says it’s been a very rewarding experience to see the tremendous impact the group has had upon alumni engagement. He’s especially proud to be an alumnus of Rutgers Law.
“Rutgers Law has a tradition of outstanding faculty, research, and clinical development,” he adds. “It also has produced an incredible pool of successful alumni across the country.”