If you would like to get involved or volunteer with the Alumni Association, please email rslnaapresident@gmail.com.

Learn about the NYC chapter of the Alumni Association.

The Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association is a separate 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and a major resource for the law school. The mission of the association is to strengthen relationships among alumni and between alumni and the Law School community, and to advance the ideals, reputation, and educational goals of Rutgers Law School.

Alumni Association Gala 2023

The Association has held the annual Alumni Recognition dinner since 1968, awarding the coveted Distinguished Alumni Award and the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service to exceptional alumni of whom we are proud. This year's Alumni Recognition gala was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at the Maplewood Country Club. Our esteemed 2023 honorees are Kimberly Banks MacKay '95, Peter J. Torcicollo '94, and Hon. Renée Marie Bumb '87.

Proceeds from the annual Alumni Recognition Dinner and your direct donations enable us to sponsor the annual Weintraub Lecture, the law school reception at the New Jersey State Bar Association annual meeting, and other alumni networking events in New York and New Jersey. The Alumni Association also runs a Mentoring Program, and recognizes student achievement at graduation with the Justice Henry E. Ackerson, Jr. Prize, the Alumni Senior Prize, and the Eli Jarmel Memorial Prize.

Volunteers are the key to success of the Alumni Association. If you would like to get involved, please contact the president. 

For students seeking funding from the Alumni Association, please fill out the funding request form.

The policies and procedures of the Rutgers School of Law–Newark Alumni Association can be found in the bylaws. A separate protocol for establishing regional chapters, pursuant to the bylaws, can be found here. All Rutgers Law School graduates from Newark are automatically members of the Alumni Association. There are no membership dues, although contributions are vital to support programs and events sponsored by the Alumni Association.

July 2021: Alumni Association Remembers Professor Emeritus Frank Askin RLAW '66

Alumni Association Officers
President (2023-24) Melissa Reilly '18
President-Elect (2024-25) Xiao Sun '11
Immediate Past President (2022-23) Omar Bareentto '16
Vice President Usma Ashraf-Khan '19
Treasurer Madeline Gayle '21
Secretary Soundous Bouchouar '20


Board Trustees
Lorraine A. Abraham '74 Usma Ashraf-Khan '19
Omar Bareentto '16 Naomi Barrowclough '10
Brian Biglin '11 Soundous Bouchouar '20
Fabrice Charles '14 Melinda Colon-Cox '07
David Condliffe '79 Patrick English '78
Madeline Gayle '21 Ruby Hope '98
Vivian Isaboke '20 Marissa Kingman '14
Hon. Harriet Klein (ret.) '73 Joseph Linares '14
Mark Makhail '13 Keith Miller '93
Helen Nau '93 Daniel Pierre '15
Melissa Reilly '18 Maritza Rodriguez '11
Teresa "Terry" Rodriguez '97 Courtney Johnson Santer '15
Barbara Schweiger '98 Khizar Sheikh '03
Michael Slocum '03 Xiao Sun '11
Natalae Velez '11 Richard Wille '19
Aarin Michele Williams '10  


2023-2024 Meeting Dates (All meetings begin at 6:30 PM)
July Monday, July 31 VIRTUAL ONLY
August Tuesday, August 22
September Monday, September 25
October No October meeting. Gala to be held 10/24
November Tuesday, November 14
December No December meeting.
January Tuesday, January 23
February Tuesday, February 20
March Joint Alumni Association Meeting with Camden - TBD
April Tuesday, April 23, 2023
May No May meeting. NJSBA event in Atlantic City.
June Annual Business Meeting – Wednesday, June 12