Participants of Eagleton’s This I Believe project were asked to reflect on the lessons they’ve learned over the past year during the pandemic and the political upheaval that followed the killing of George Floyd and the 2020 election, according to John J. Farmer, former Rutgers Law School Dean and Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics.
Rutgers Law School is proud to have so many contributors to the project including Governor James Florio RLAW ‘67, Hon. Travis L. Francis RLAW ‘81, Hon. Jane Grall RLAW '82 '81, Hon. Steven L. Lefelt RLAW ‘65, Ava Majlesi RLAW ‘07, Samantha Milano-Sumalinog ‘21, Paul Miller RLAW ‘62, Adjunct Professor Ed Neafsy, Carolyn Siditsky RLAW '21 Camelia M. Valdes RLAW ‘96 and Jennifer Velez RLAW ‘96.
"The essays are by turns introspective and intensely personal, grief-stricken and hopeful, but also outward-facing and political, animated by a passion for social justice and progress, both despairing and optimistic; read together, they are an offering, almost a prayer, lifting up to the transcendent mysteries we all face our hopes for a brighter tomorrow. There is, in my view, no better gift to share with the class of 2021 than these collected notes from their year of reckonings," said Farmer.