People's Electric - Engaged Legal Education - Rutgers-Newark Law School in the 1960's and 1970's

Rutgers-Newark Law School was the most innovative, exciting, and effective law school in the 1960's and 1970's.

Like many of my classmates I was recruited by Prof. Arthur Kinoy at a Chicago 8 rally at Harvard Law School in September 1979.  I was a graduate student of Howard Zinn at Boston University.  Eleven months later I had followed another guru this time to Newark, New Jersey - a city that had been ravaged by riots in 1967 and 1968 but which now had a black mayor.  I attended from September 1970 (where I worked on the Chicago 7 appeal from the first day) to December 1973 when I graduated.

Civil rights and liberties, `poverty law', women's rights, employment discrimination, and public education were the foci of legal education at Rutgers. In those two decades Rutgers-Newark - which we affectionately called People's Electric - presented a model of engaged legal education that was and is unique.  No other law school to my knowledge has been so thoroughly characterized by a broad progressive social agenda.

The school led in who became lawyers: the school was far ahead of the curve in admitting women (in 1970 the entering class was an unheard of 35% women).  Begun in 1968 its affirmative action program brought many minority students to the school.  The Minority Student Program provided mentoring, internship and other guidance to minority students (later expanding it to non-minorities from poor families).


Celebrating women in the law: Rutgers 2009 - video, etc.
Part 1 - Greetings, keynote by Fred Strebeigh author of Equal: Women Reshape American Law.

Ruth Ginsburg: Survey of 2010 term

Ruth Ginsburg

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  1. Eileen Rhea TulipanDecember 26, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I was one of the lucky few students at People's Electric to be able to take Ruth Bader Ginberg's Women and the Law seminar. It was 1971 or so. The concept was so new that there was no textbook.
    I also studied "Poverty Law" under Eli Jarmel as well as Civil Rights and Civil Liberties under Arthur Kinoy.
    It was there where I met George Conk, who became my good friend, sailing buddy and since 1986, my law partner in Tulipan & Conk, PC
    Eileen Rhea Tulipan
    Rutgers Newark 1972

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