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.

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.

The association’s major event and fundraiser is the Annual Alumni Recognition Gala held in the fall. At this event we honor distinguished alumnae/i and present the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service. At the dinner the association awards a scholarship to a deserving and promising student, in addition to the Fannie Bear Besser Scholarship for Public Service. Click here for a list of Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and here for a list of Fannie Bear Besser Award recipients.

In November 2016, the Alumni Association recognized three outstanding alumni, Jane Hanson '84, the executive director of Parters for Women & Justice, a non-profit that offers legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, was given the Fannie Bear Besser Award for Public Service. Lucinda Long ’84, senior vice president and general counsel of Valley National Bank, received the Distinguished Alumna Award. And Mark Angelson ’75, chairman of the Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund, and a member of the Rutgers University Board of Governors, was recognized with the first-ever Alumni Leadership Award.

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.

Alumni Association Officers
President Osato Chitou ‘10
Immediate Past President Robert Ratish ‘08
President Elect Brian Biglin ‘11
Vice President Maritza Rodriguez ‘11
Secretary Mark Makhail ‘13
Treasurer Laura Dunn ‘09

2016-17 Board Meeting Dates

Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

  • November 9th (Dinner) (Wednesday)
  • January 11th (Wednesday)
  • February 16th (Thursday)
  • March 20th (Monday)
  • April 12th (Wednesday)
  • June 19th (Monday)