The Rutgers Law Association of Latin American Law Students held its annual Fiesta con Sabor in March, a fundraising event for scholarships that also honored lawyers who have paved the way for Hispanic law students. From left to right, this year’s honorees included, Rutgers Law Professor Carlos Gonzalez; Bridget Velez NLAW ‘20, who accepted on behalf of her late father Federico Velez NLAW ’75, a founding member of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey; Juan Cartagena, President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF; and Jaclyn Medina CLAW ‘04 of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.
The Hon. Sue Pai Yang NLAW ’84 (ret.) and Supti Bhattacharya ‘01 of Hill Wallack LLP were honored this year by the Rutgers Law School’s Asian Pacific American Law Student Association’s Newark chapter at its annual MELA celebration. Yang's advice to law students included, "Whatever you do, do as good of a job as you can. You'll be recognized and it could open doors for you." Bhattacharya said, "It's not just the work that we do. It's how we do it and how you try to be a human being in your work." Both honorees participated in the Minority Student Program at Rutgers Law School. Judge Yang is in the black jacket and Ms. Bhattacharya is in the red dress. Flanking Judge Yang are the co-presidents of APALSA, Fiona Wang '20, left, and Priya Persaud '20.
Rutgers Law Review students, alumni and faculty attended a gala at NJPAC's NICO Kitchen in Newark on March 7 where Richard Samson '89, the former VP and General Counsel of the New York Times and Tamara Britt '09, General Counsel of Manhattan College, were both honored.
Rutgers Law Alumni traveled to New York City to launch the law school's first official New York City Alumni chapter. Law graduates who work or live in and around New York City mingled with faculty and deans and talked about launching mentorship and fundraising projects.